President Trump approves $19 billion CCP Virus stimulus for farmers and ranchers to protect food supply

Trending 05/20/20, 05:16

Agribusinesses and livestock producers will receive major relief funding from the Trump administration to survive the deadly Asian pandemic. The new federal coronavirus food assistance program will support farmers and ranchers to maintain the nation's food production and distribution network during the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus crisis. "We are providing $19 ...

Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

U.S. 05/18/19, 10:28

Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year. That's because historic spring flooding that ...

Florida Ag Commissioner seeks ideas from Israel trip

U.S. 05/16/19, 17:56

While Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes a large entourage of business leaders through Israel, the state's Democratic agriculture commissioner will take her own course through the country.The idea isn't to boost exports of Florida fruit and vegetables, but rather to import ideas that can help Florida farmers."My main mission ...

New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

U.S. 04/15/19, 12:34

New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia's crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show.New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia's 56 million, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports .Georgia, traditionally the ...

Dairy safety net program expected in June

Business 04/09/19, 16:26

An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle the underlying challenges they face.Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices that have driven thousands out of ...

Kimberly family finds its niche in mint

Business 03/24/19, 02:05

You may not recognize a mint farmer by the looks of him, but his aromatic crop is unmistakable. Its sweet, spicy-cool scent makes mint one of man's most valued herbs.Black Mitcham peppermint resembles alfalfa in the field, but its dark green foliage puts off an odd purple hue, puzzling those ...

Tyson recalls chicken strips due to metal fears

Health 03/22/19, 07:32

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds (31,297 kilograms) of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal.The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by date of Nov. 30, 2019. ...

Update: Farm, ranch losses from flooding could top $1B

U.S. 03/19/19, 10:04

The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):10 a.m.The president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau says farm and ranch losses due to the devastating flooding could reach $1 billion in the state.CORRECTS MONTH TO MARCH NOT MAY - The Elkhorn River consumes a section of western Douglas County ...

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

Asia & Pacific 03/19/19, 00:36

Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa.Experts say the insect was first found outside the Americas in 2016, in Africa, where it has infested up to half of some crops of maize, sorghum and ...

Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

Europe 02/23/19, 04:29

President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a "product like any other."Macron's speech at his country's premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers' anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites ...

Tyson recalls some chicken nuggets, contamination possible

Health 01/30/19, 07:51

Tyson Foods is recalling more than 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilograms) of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with rubber.The U.S. Agriculture Department says there were consumer complaints about extraneous material in 5-pound (2 kilogram) packages of Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets. There are no confirmed reports of adverse ...

Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

Enviroment 01/16/19, 22:12

A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet.Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. ...

FDA resuming some food inspections halted by shutdown

U.S. 01/14/19, 19:21

The Food and Drug Administration said it will resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods such as cheeses, produce and infant formula as early as Tuesday.The routine inspections had been briefly halted as a result of the partial government shutdown.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday that the agency is ...

Beef-friendly Nebraska eyes regulations on the word ‘meat’

U.S. 01/13/19, 09:55

More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term "meat" on product labels, Nebraska's powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like meat.Nebraska lawmakers will consider a bill this year to ...

USDA delays deadline for farmer aid to offset tariff losses

U.S. 01/09/19, 13:43

Farmers already reeling from low prices and uncertainty amid the nation's trade dispute with China are welcoming a decision to extend a deadline for federal aid because of the partial government shutdown. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue on Tuesday announced the Agriculture Department would extend a Jan. 15 deadline for farmers ...

Poles protest govt plan for mass slaughter of wild boars

Europe 01/09/19, 13:01

Tens of thousands of Poles are protesting a government plan to hold a massive slaughter of wild boars as a way to stop the spread of the deadly African swine fever among farm pigs.Poland's veterinary and farming officials approved the plan last year to kill 185,000 wild boars this season. ...

Good news for wild blueberries in faltering No. 1 state

U.S. 01/06/19, 09:02

Maine agriculture officials say the growers in the No. 1 wild-blueberry state suffered another bad year, but there are reasons to believe the troubled industry is about to turn a long-awaited corner.University of Maine horticulture professor David Yarborough says Maine farmers collected about 57 million pounds of the wild fruit ...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

U.S. 12/09/18, 18:10

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the U.S.-Canadian border, his daughter Linda Vatnsdal ...

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