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Texas Ranchers Scrambled to Keep Animals Alive in Extreme Cold

Texas ranchers worked overtime to haul water and hay to cattle to keep them alive during a freak winter storm, but some cows succumbed to unusual icy temperatures that also killed chickens, idled meat plants and threatened crops. The deaths …

USDA Names Louisiana Hurricane Natural Disaster Areas; Ag Producers Eligible for Aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated several parishes disaster areas as a result of damage and losses caused by Hurricane Laura’s strong winds in late August, according to Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain. A primary …

Louisiana Ag Commissioner Pushing Farmers, Ranchers to Apply for Virus Aid

Louisiana’s agriculture commissioner is urging the state’s farmers and ranchers to turn in their applications for federal coronavirus assistance ahead of next month’s deadline, and he’s worried some who are eligible may be missing out on available aid. The U.S. …

Pork Producer Smithfield Settles Nuisance Lawsuits in N.C. as Court Affirms Verdict

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a 2018 jury verdict that led to awarding monetary damages to neighbors of a North Carolina industrial hog operation for smells and noise they said made living nearby unbearable. But judges ruled the …

Oregon Vineyards Lose Lawsuit Against Nearby Cannabis Operation

Two Oregon wine grape growers have failed to convince a state judge their grapes would be marred by odors from a neighboring marijuana operation. Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday ruled that Smera Vineyard and Maysara Winery haven’t met …

Study: Kansas Farmers Will Be Disproportionately Affected by Rising Temps

Growing corn and soybeans will become increasingly challenging for Kansas farmers as the climate warms, according to a recent Kansas State University study. The study found that drought and heat are currently the biggest reason for crop yield losses and …

Purdue Report: 21 Work-Related Deaths on Indiana Farms in 2019

Indiana had 21 work-related deaths on farms deaths last year, the fewest number of documented cases since 2013, Purdue University announced on Sept. 22. Three of the victims were children under the age of 5, while 11 were 60 or …

Post-Hurricane Laura Mosquito Clouds Killing Louisiana Livestock

Clouds of mosquitoes have been so thick in southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Laura that they’re killing cattle and horses. Farmers in a five-parish area east and northeast of the parishes where the storm made its landfall Aug. 27 have probably …

Michigan Farmers to Have Access to State Weather Data Viewer

Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is making data on programs related to weather conditions available to farmers. The Geographic Information System viewer allows the agency to take different types of data sets and turn them into easy-to-understand visuals …

Trump Approves Federal Emergency Aid for Storm-Damaged Iowa

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he approved federal disaster aid for Iowa after a hurricane-force storm hit last week, causing widespread damage in towns and farms and leaving thousands without power. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said on Sunday …