U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Disaster Designation Issued For 11 Alabama Counties

Eleven Alabama counties are under a natural disaster designation after excessive rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy. The conditions caused extensive damage to crops, sparking Gov. Kay Ivey to ask for federal assistance for Alabama farmers in June. U.S. …

North Carolina Company Recalls 5K Pounds of Ground Beef

A North Carolina company is recalling nearly 5,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with plastic foam. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release Tuesday that JBS USA Inc. of …

More New York Malt Barley Farmers Eligible for Crop Insurance

Malt barley farmers in 44 upstate New York counties are now eligible for crop insurance from the federal government. Malt barley is a necessary ingredient in beer and spirits, and the lack of crop insurance had hindered expansion of the …

Alabama Governor Requests Disaster Declaration for Farmers Hit by Storm

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking for federal assistance for farmers because of crop losses from Tropical Storm Cindy. Ivey sent a letter Friday to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for a disaster declaration in some Alabama …

Kentucky Food Distributor Recalls More Than 22K Pounds of Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Kentucky-based food distributor has issued a recall on more than 22,000 pounds of ground beef and other beef products due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says …

Midwest Farmers Decry Trump Plans to Cut Ag Subsidies

Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump’s budget. The proposed cuts come even as farmers are facing their …

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 …