Department of Agriculture News

Citing Safety, Union Sues to Block Trump Waivers That Speed Up Poultry Lines

A food workers’ union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block Trump administration waivers that allow poultry plants to operate production lines at a faster pace, arguing the higher speeds endanger employees. The suit challenges the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s …

Forget Robots. Dogs May Be Taking Crop Inspection Jobs.

Dogs specially trained by the federal government’s Agricultural Research Service scientists have proven to be the most efficient way to detect huanglongbing—also known as citrus greening—according to a paper just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. …

Flooding Another ‘Unprecedented’ Event for Colorado

Another disaster plaguing the state, widespread flooding in Colorado is being viewed as an “unprecedented” event in which losses will take quite some time to calculate – although there are more immediate lessons to be learned. Thousands are missing, tens …

W.Va. Governor Issues Flood Disaster in Jackson County

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared an agriculture flood disaster in Jackson County stemming from heavy rains in late November. The declaration, made on Tuesday, means the state Department of Agriculture can apply for federal assistance for losses to the …

USDA Giving Arizona $5.2 Million in Disaster Funds

Arizona is set to get $5.2 million in disaster aid from the Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award as part of more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico. Utah and …