Department of Agriculture News

Rain, Early Snows Delay U.S. Harvest in Latest Blow to Farmers

Excessive rains and an October snowstorm have stalled the harvest in the U.S. grain belt’s northern tier, one more blow to farmers already struggling with the effects of planting delays and a trade war that has pressured commodity prices. The …

Mississippi River Barge Shipping Resumes After Floods, but Rains to Return

The upper Mississippi River fully reopened to boat and barge traffic this week for the first time since November as shippers scrambled to move a backlog of overdue fertilizer barges to farmers racing to sow corn before the end of …

Mainstream Retailers Embrace Marijuana’s Less Taboo Cousin

NEW YORK — It’s showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats — an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep. The ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and …

45 Michigan Counties get Disaster Designation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 45 counties in Michigan as natural disaster areas for three separate sets of disaster conditions last year. Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the designation after periods of weather that occurred starting in …