New Mexico rural water projects get $35M federal boost
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to build water and wastewater systems and improve existing infrastructure in a few communities in rural New Mexico will see a $35 million infusion of federal funding.
Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced the funding this week from U.S. ...
Mexican wolf that escaped Colorado wildlife center captured
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An endangered Mexican wolf that escaped from a Colorado wildlife center last month has been captured.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government is investing more than $46 million in improvements to water systems in three Maine communities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making the money available in the form of grants and loans for water infrastructure projects in ...
School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.
The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one ...
NEW YORK (AP) — An Arizona company is expanding the scope of its recall of raw beef that could be contaminated with salmonella, federal officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that a unit of Brazil’s JBS is now recalling a total of more than 12 ...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Farmers in Oklahoma are producing less wheat because of a global surplus, low prices and the weather, turning instead to cotton, soybean and corn, according to state and federal agricultural officials.
Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that Oklahoma ...
USDA’s rural broadband plan met with criticism, concerns
Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service.
These are just some of the concerns contained in nearly 300 public comments on Rural Broadband Pilot Program proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found.
The proposal ...
Kansas man fined $5,000 for importing endangered leopards
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man will pay a $5,000 fine for unlawfully importing endangered leopard cats.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Thursday that 34-year-old Lawrence Payne, of Olathe, was fined after pleading guilty to one count of violating the Endangered Species ...
State farmers averaging $2,145 from farm bailout program
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin farmers will receive about $10 million in federal money from the farm bailout program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture data obtained by the Washington non-profit Environmental Working Group shows the average payment for Wisconsin farmers from the Market ...
Want some kelp with your bread? Seaweed firm says you might
BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based firm is receiving a $600,000 grant from the federal government to help develop a kelp-based additive for bread.
The company is VitaminSea of Buxton. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the firm’s receiving the Small Business Innovation Research grant ...
Alabama town getting $23 million to improve sewage handling
UNIONTOWN, Ala. (AP) — A small Alabama town is getting $23 million to upgrade a sewer system that’s been overflowing for years.
The Montgomery ...
Tennessee attorney confirmed as USDA’s general counsel
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a Tennessee attorney to become the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s general counsel.
Senators voted 53-46 this week to confirm Stephen Vaden amid opposition from some groups. Vaden is currently USDA’s principal deputy general ...
USDA says most of Iowa’s corn and soybean harvest complete
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most of the state’s corn and soybean crop have been harvested ahead of a snowstorm that blanketed much of southern and eastern Iowa.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 96 percent of Iowa’s corn crop had been harvested as of Sunday. While the ...
Feds invest $2.8 million in Morton County broadband
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing nearly $3 million in broadband infrastructure in Morton County.
The USDA’s rural development state director Clare Carlson says the project will fill a gap in broadband service for 126 households south of ...
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities have traced a multi-state listeria outbreak which has hospitalized four people to a Houston-based Vietnamese food manufacturer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Long Phung Food Products
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Maine reaches meat shipping to deal to sell beyond borders
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the state has signed an agreement that will allow slaughterhouses and processors to wholesale their products everywhere in the country.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the state inked the deal with the U.S. ...
Grant will help build senior facility for Blackfeet Tribe
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials say an $8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Blackfeet Tribe build a long-term senior care facility to replace an outdated center.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are nearing the end of this year’s harvest of corn and soybeans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 91 percent of the corn crop had been harvested by Sunday. That matches last year’s harvest but was three days behind the five-year ...
Nebraska crop harvest moves ahead despite wintry weather
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Despite some wintry weather, Nebraska farmers have managed to harvest much of the state’s corn, soybean and sorghum crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 88 percent of corn had been harvested as of Sunday. That’s four days behind last year’s ...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Agriculture agency will be contacting farmers to gather year-end production and storage figures.
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service also will survey grain facility operators for information on off-farm storage.
The service’s ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency’s new chief pledged Thursday that she will “do everything in my power to put us on a path to no harassment.”
Iowa college says new funding saving it from closure
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A private school in southeast Iowa that was on the verge of closure says it has secured new funding that will keep its doors open.
The board of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant voted Thursday to continue operations after securing funding from alumni ...
Houston company recalls nearly 3½ tons of chicken salad
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company has recalled nearly 3½ tons (2.72 metric tons) of ready-to-eat chicken salad that regulators say may be contaminated with listeria.
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Minnesota fall harvest winds down as wintry weather sets in
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The fall harvest is winding down in Minnesota as wintry weather sets in.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of Minnesota’s corn has been harvested. That’s six days ahead of last year’s pace and just 2 percentage points behind the five-year ...
Idaho, Washington farmers see above-average year on wheat
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging, officials said.
“Generally speaking, we had an above-average year,” said Nez Perce County Extension agent Doug Finkelnburg. “We had above-average ...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government is investing more than a half million dollars in Maine to help boost production of crops including state staples like potatoes and blueberries.
Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the state is working with the U.S. Department of ...
2 Indiana REMCs getting USDA loans to make upgrades
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana rural electric cooperatives are receiving federal loans to improve their systems.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that Martinsville-based South Central Indiana REMC will use a $100 million loan to build 28 miles (45 kilometers) of ...
Bismarck addiction center to use telemedicine, expand reach
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck addiction treatment center is using telemedicine to extend its reach to western North Dakota, a rural region where such services are limited.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that Heartview Foundation in Bismarck received a nearly ...
Record soybean harvest expected amid continued trade dispute
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to harvest the largest soybean crop on record but must deal with a constricted market in which to sell the crop because of President Donald Trump’s tariff battle with China.
In its latest update released ...
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers in New England are working on a project to develop tools for small- and mid-sized farms in the region to address productivity problems related to climate change.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted nearly $500,000 over three years to the ...
Scientists testing whether dogs can detect ohia tree disease
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are testing whether they can train dogs to sniff out a deadly fungus that’s killing Hawaii’s native ohia trees.
U.S. Department of Agriculture research ecologist Kealoha Kinney says it’s a lot like creating an “ohia guard dog.”
Kinney told the
Maine, Michigan team looks to root weeds out of organic ag
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Scientists from universities in Maine and Michigan are getting a boost from the federal government in researching weed management on organic farms.
Organic farms use a more limited scope of weed management tools than conventional farms, and the weeds are a threat to ...
Utah seeks more influence over national forest management
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is planning to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture for permission to thin forests, clear out dead trees and do controlled burnings on protected areas that account for nearly half of national forest lands in the state.
The Republican governor ...
Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike
ATLANTA (AP) — Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia’s red clay, destroying a crop and likely bringing hard times to the region’s many small communities built on agriculture.
When the storm struck, most of the cotton was still in the fields, “wide open ...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers took advantage of favorable weather early last week to make good progress on harvesting before rain moved in.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s corn harvest is 58 percent complete. That’s one week ahead of last year but equal to ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding to promote specialty crops and increase economic development in Virginia.
The 10 projects to receive grant money include one to expand the use of mason bees as pollinators and another to ...
A few bad apples, but mostly good ones in New England’s crop
HIRAM, Maine (AP) — There have been a few bad apples, but New England’s crop of its signature fall fruit is only slightly behind last year’s.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted earlier this year the six-state region’s apple production would be in line with a typical year. That ...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is in Mexico this week leading a trade delegation to promote barley exports.
Cooney said in a statement that Mexico is the largest importer of malt barley and that it’s important to the state’s agricultural industry to ...
Wisconsin farmers concerned that mold could hurt profits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wet weather this year has delayed Wisconsin’s grain harvest and caused widespread mold problems in farm fields, according to agriculture experts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Wisconsin farmers to harvest a record amount of soybeans this year, but farmers ...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Four Arkansas cities are among more than 135 nationwide vying for two U.S. Department of Agriculture branch offices that are moving away from Washington, D.C.
The USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture together employ ...
Federal funds awarded for Oscoda drinking water upgrades
OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants totaling $1 million will help residents of the Oscoda area in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula whose well water might be contaminated to connect to the municipal drinking water system.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants are intended for homes ...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Challenges surrounding water usage also raise big questions that University of Arkansas, Fayetteville researcher Lauren Greenlee is working to answer.
“How do we sustain our way of life? How do we sustain the lifestyle that we’re all used to? How do we sustain ...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world’s leading sources of protein-rich food.
Houston company recalls salad with chicken products
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company has recalled nearly 1,800 pounds (817 kilograms) of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products because a corn ingredient may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Composting is coming to Virginia prisons.
The Virginia Department of Corrections has received a grant of $88,700 to establish a composting program at 18 prison sites with adjacent farms.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture targets projects that ...
Federal government cites exotic zoo over its animal care
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina exotic animal park has been accused of failing to provide proper care for several animals.
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MADBURY, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire says it has completed a two-year project to build an aquaponics research facility.
Officials say three aquaponic greenhouses in Madbury will allow researchers to grow crops like lettuce from the nutrient-rich wastewater that comes from ...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants have been awarded to organizations representing growers of a variety of Michigan specialty crops.
The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports efforts such as marketing, sustainability, boosting production, and preventing disease and ...