U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) News

U.S. to Research Transmission of COVID-19 in Beef Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a $1 million research project to identify how the virus that causes COVID-19 might be transmitted in the nation’s beef supply chain, from cattle on the farm to the packages of meat inside …

U.S. Completes Overhaul of Biotech Farm Product Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday a rule that will simplify or waive agency reviews of certain biotech farm products, including plants and seeds that have been genetically modified or engineered. As a result, some products could be …

Government Relief Bypasses Farmers Who Lost Stored Crops in Floods

The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. And there’s nothing …

3 Louisiana Parishes Designated USDA Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated three Louisiana parishes as contiguous disaster areas as the result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred April 1 to June 30, 2018, according to Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. …

USDA to Grant $340M to Florida Citrus Farmers Impacted by Irma

The federal government will provide $340 million to help Florida citrus farmers recover from Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grant on Tuesday, nearly eight months after Irma struck the state causing more than $2.5 billion in …

Mad Cow Disease Found in Alabama But No Threat to Humans Detected

An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The cow tested positive for the atypical L-type of BSE after exhibiting clinical signs …

Federal Aid Now Available to Rain-Swamped Louisiana Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Evangeline Parish in Louisiana as a primary natural disaster area as the result of losses and damages caused by heavy and excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2017, through May 23, 2017. …