U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Ready-to-Eat Ham Products Made in Tennessee Recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Memphis meat packer has recalled some ready-to-eat ham products due to possible bacterial contamination. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release Tuesday that the recall includes ready-to-eat hickory …

Sen. Schumer Pushes for Malt Barley Crop Insurance in New York

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make crop insurance for malt barley available to more New York farmers to help the craft brewing industry in the state. Schumer was at the 1886 Malt House …

USDA OKs Emergency Loans for Oklahoma Ranchers Affected by Wildfires

Gov. Mary Fallin says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved emergency loans for livestock producers in six Oklahoma counties affected by recent wildfires. The fires in early March burned more than 1,200 square miles in northwest Oklahoma and southwest …

1,700 Pounds of Catfish Recalled From Mississippi Processing Facility

A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming. The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday that a Thursday inspection found the fish …

466 Tons of Breaded Chicken Product Recalled by Oklahoma Company

An Oklahoma food company is recalling more than 466 tons of breaded chicken because of possible metal in the food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said OK Food Inc. is recalling 933,272 pounds of the food shipped nationwide that was …

Drought in 6 Louisiana Parishes Leads to Disaster Declarations

Six Louisiana parishes have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by recent drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the designation to Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Madison, Richland and Tensas parishes on Nov. 23, …

County Farmers in South Carolina Uncertain of Future After Devastating Disasters

The Double R Farm in South Carolina has produced abundant crops for four generations of Rabon family farmers here, and despite the double whammy of record rains during the October harvest last year and last month’s hurricane, they are determined …

Louisiana’s Pointe Coupee Parish Designated Agricultural Disaster Area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Pointe Coupee Parish as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred in August. Farmers and ranchers in Avoyelles, Concordia, Iberville, St. Landry, …

South Carolina’s 2 Extremes: Part of State Recovers From Flood, Other Part in Drought

As one part of South Carolina continues to recover from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, another area is suffering a drought. The Greenville News reports Upstate residents are being asked to conserve by limiting nonessential use of water, such as …

Ag Disaster Declared in 24 Louisiana Parishes, 2 Texas Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 24 Louisiana parishes and two Texas counties agricultural disaster areas because of last month’s storms and flooding. Eleven parishes are primary disaster areas, and the others are adjacent to them, the Louisiana Department …