U.S. Department of Agriculture News

Slightly Smaller Corn Harvest Predicted for Kansas

Kansas farmers are expected to harvest slightly less corn than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this year’s crop is forecast at just under 800 million bushels, down 2% from last year, The Hays Daily News reports. For …

Farmers Hit by Hurricanes in Alabama, Florida, Georgia to Get $800M in Federal Aid

The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year’s hurricanes. Nearly half that money will go to Florida, where timber farmers suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came …

USDA: Crop Insurance Covers Loss from Irrigation Tunnel Collapse

Farmers in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming left without a way to water crops following the collapse of a massive irrigation tunnel in July will be covered by federal crop insurance. That word came Friday from the U.S. Department of …

Alabama Tornadoes Caused Nearly $6M in Timber Losses

The Alabama Forestry Commission estimates timber losses caused by deadly tornadoes on March 3 at nearly $5.9 million. That’s almost $1,000 per acre of timberland damaged by two or three tornadoes in Macon, Lee and Barbour counties. A report posted …

Arkansas Wildlife Safari Pays $75K to Settle Animal Welfare Complaint

The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in northwestern Arkansas has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine and plans to reopen this weekend after taking action to resolve a U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint that it violated the Animal Welfare Act. The …

More Than 50 Tons of Catfish Recalled by Houston Seafood Company

A Houston-based seafood company is recalling more than 50 tons of wild-caught catfish because the products were produced, packed and distributed without federal inspection. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the recall involves …

Nashville Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Multiple Lawsuits Against Restaurant

A Nashville restaurant is facing multiple lawsuits after at least 20 customers reported becoming infected with salmonella. According to WKRN-TV, the four lawsuits are each seeking up to $1.5 million in damages from Milk and Honey following the August foodborne …

Researchers Looking into How Drones Can Predict Wildfire Spread

A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires. The $1.2 million research project that began last month aims to use unmanned …

Florida’s Record Rainfall in 2018 Leaves Farmers Reeling Over Destroyed Crops

Rodney Helton stood in a cotton field in Atmore, Ala., on a Thursday morning, just over the Florida state line, with puddles of wet, mushy soil and water gathering over his dirty boots. He reached out and plucked a sopping …

Georgia Farmers Eligible for Loans to Cover Hurricane Losses

Some Georgia farmers are eligible for federal loans to help cover the costs of losses sustained because of Hurricane Michael. The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated several Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas, allowing …