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Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Seek Drought Loss Relief from USDA

Oklahoma wheat farmers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement now a policy that’s scheduled to start in 2016 that farmers say would help ease the financial pain of ongoing drought. The policy is part of the 2014 Farm …

Senator Wants Feds to Help North Dakota Corn Growers

North Dakota corn farmers are having a tough time getting their crop in the ground because of a wet spring, and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is asking the federal government to help them out. The Democratic senator is calling on …

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 …

Crop Insurance Now Farmers’ Main Safety Net

U.S. farmers and bankers have almost a year to get ready for major changes in 2015 as crop insurance rather than direct cash payments to producers becomes the centerpiece of farm policy under the five-year farm bill signed by President …

Kansas Company Recalls Ground Beef Products

A western Kansas company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products due to concerns that it could be tainted with E. coli. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Wednesday that National Beef Packing Company, which is based in …

Dead Farmers Get Millions in Federal Crop Insurance Payouts

The U.S. Agriculture Department paid out $32 million in soil conservation payments and crop insurance aid to dead farmers from 2008 to 2012, congressional auditors said on Monday, calling for stricter rules to prevent improper payments. In a report, the …

Report Looks at Mississippi Meat Plants’ Food Safety

More than two dozen Mississippi slaughterhouses and poultry meat processing plants have violated sanitation or food safety guidelines over the past decade — and most did both, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. The newspaper analyzed records from the USDA’s Food Safety …

USDA Issues Drought Disaster For East Idaho Counties

Federal agriculture officials have issued a disaster declaration for Clark County in eastern Idaho due to a lack of rain for the last two months. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week also put four other nearby counties up for …

USDA Includes 2 New Mexico Counties In Drought Aid Areas

Two northern New Mexico counties are included in new federal government designations of primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. The USDA says farmers and ranchers in Rio Arriba and Taos counties are eligible …

Senate Votes $55M to Avoid Meat Inspector Layoffs

U.S. Senators agreed to shift $55 million in funds within the Agriculture Department on Wednesday to avert the layoff of all U.S. meat inspectors this summer due to federal budget cuts. On a voice vote, the Senate adopted the amendment …