USDA News

New Hog Slaughterhouse Rules Please Firms, Worry Food Safety Advocates

U.S. food safety and the health of plant workers will be at risk from new federal rules that allow meat companies to slaughter hogs as fast as they want and shift the role of government inspectors, food and environmental advocates …

Enrollment Opens for Dairy Farm Insurance Program

Vermont dairy farmers can now sign up for an improved insurance program to help them when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reaches a certain level. The new insurance program was created as part of the 2018 farm …

Kentucky Food Distributor Recalls More Than 22K Pounds of Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Kentucky-based food distributor has issued a recall on more than 22,000 pounds of ground beef and other beef products due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says …

Couple Sues Six Flags in Central California for Retaliation

Two former employees have sued Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Central California, saying they were fired as retaliation for raising animal welfare concerns. KNTV-TV reported that Michael and Holley Muraco have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Vallejo park. …

Feds Urged to Establish Crop Insurance for Central N.Y. Malt Barley Farmers

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D–N.Y., is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a crop insurance program for Central New York farmers who grow malt barley. Speaking at the Empire Farmstead Brewery in Madison County, New York, …

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 …