U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Maryland Farmers Encouraged to Consider Crop Insurance

Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder issued a reminder for local farmers that the sales closing date to purchase crop insurance for spring seeded crops and to make changes to policies is March 15. Spring seeded crops include corn, soybeans, …

New York Senator Urges USDA to Expand Barley Crop Insurance

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the federal agency to expand crop insurance for barley in all counties in New York where production is possible. Currently, 28 out of 62 counties in …

Couple Sues Six Flags in Central California for Retaliation

Two former employees have sued Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Central California, saying they were fired as retaliation for raising animal welfare concerns. KNTV-TV reported that Michael and Holley Muraco have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Vallejo park. …

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Sausage Patties with Possible Metal Pieces

A Wisconsin company is recalling roughly 89,000 pounds of pork sausage patties after officials say consumers complained of finding small pieces of metal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that the products from Kenosha Beef International …

Feds Urged to Establish Crop Insurance for Central N.Y. Malt Barley Farmers

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D–N.Y., is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a crop insurance program for Central New York farmers who grow malt barley. Speaking at the Empire Farmstead Brewery in Madison County, New York, …

Report Sees Major Food Shortage as Climate Change Danger

Climate change reports and studies abound lately – as you will note from a previous column – but one recent report gives potentially the starkest prediction yet of what impacts climate change could have. The report from Lloyd’s of London, “Food …

N.Y. Sen. Schumer: Ease Dairy Insurance Rules Amid Drop in Milk Prices

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says dairy farmers in New York state and across the country need help contending with falling milk prices. The Democrat says Wednesday that he wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to change the rules on …

Texas Cotton Farmers Say Farm Bill Provision Saves Crop Insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all …

With $100M In Crop Losses USDA Grants Eight Idaho Counties Disaster Status

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster area status to eight counties in central and eastern Idaho, clearing the way for farms to receive low-interest loans for operating costs. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration for Bonneville, Jefferson, …

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 …