U.S. Department of Agriculture News

More Minnesota Counties Qualify for Disaster Aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 more Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rain, flooding and cold temperatures from May 1 through July 1. The designation makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible …

USDA Extends California Salmonella Chicken Recall to Bases

Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by California-based Foster Farms to include products believed to have been send to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on …

Texas Supermarket Chain Recalls 38 Tons Of Fresh Beef Products

The HEB supermarket chain is recalling almost 38 tons of fresh beef products over concerns that it might be contaminated with metal fragments from a failed bearing. The recall was announced Thursday by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of …

California Chicken Plant Sues Orkin Over Cockroaches

A Central California chicken-processing plant has filed a lawsuit against a pest-control company over a cockroach infestation that caused the plant to close for two weeks. The Modesto Bee reported that Foster Farms in Livingston filed a lawsuit last month …

Idaho’s Elmore County Disaster Area: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought. The department designated Elmore County a primary natural disaster area, making farmers and ranchers in the …

Lea County in New Mexico Declared Disaster Area Due To Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Lea County a natural disaster area, making drought-stricken farmers and ranchers in the area eligible for assistance. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the designation on Tuesday, saying he and President Obama are committed …

Rain, Snow Help Wyoming Emerge From Drought

Most of Wyoming has emerged from drought thanks to heavy rain in September and substantial snow over the past few weeks. Only 39 percent of Wyoming is experiencing drought right now, down from 98 percent of the state a year …

Disaster Assistance Available To Montana County

Farmers in Gallatin County, Mont. are eligible for federal disaster assistance after an Aug. 1 hailstorm caused up to $50 million in crop losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared the county a disaster area on Wednesday after the storm …

USDA: Southeast Wyoming Emerging From Drought

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows southeast Wyoming may be emerging from 11 months of drought. The USDA’s weekly Drought Monitor out last week shows the Cheyenne area has been downgraded from “moderate drought” to “abnormally …

USDA Suspends Some Ag Reports Due to Budget Cuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistical arm said it won’t issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices. The …