USDA News

Millions More Pounds of Ground Beef May Be Tainted

Before biting into that medium-rare burger, consumers are being advised to check when and where the beef was packed. There’s a national salmonella outbreak going on, and a JBS SA plant in Tolleson, Arizona, is now recalling about 12 million …

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Ask USDA to Implement Insurance Fix

Oklahoma wheat growers are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a farm bill provision they say would address the ongoing drought that has plagued the region by allowing farmers to maintain enough crop insurance to cover expected …

To Boost Food Safety USDA Reforms Poultry Inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production. Under the new …

Idaho’s Elmore County Declared Disaster Area by 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 …

USDA Declares Drought Disaster in Much of Wheat Belt

The government declared much of the central and southern U.S. Wheat Belt a natural disaster area on Wednesday due to persistent drought that imperils this year’s winter wheat harvest. In its first disaster declaration of the new year, the Agriculture …

USDA Announces Disaster Declarations for 218 Drought-Affected Counties

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two new pieces of disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers impacted by the nation’s worsening drought. First, Vilsack is expanding emergency haying and grazing on approximately 3.8 million acres of conservation land to bring greater …

USDA: 55 Indiana Counties in Natural Disaster Area

Farmers in 55 drought-stricken counties in Indiana will be eligible for disaster assistance under changes made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA has announced it was streamlining the process for farmers to apply for disaster help, making more …

USDA Warns of Fraudulent Letters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says someone is faxing fraudulent letters to people and businesses in Wisconsin and other states. The letters purport to come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. They have the USDA logo and …

USDA Announces $308M for Disaster-Stricken States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adding more than $300 million to the massive amount of financial assistance federal agencies have doled out in response to an unusually intense year of natural disasters, officials announced Wednesday. The money, from three …

Dakotas Getting Small Chunk of USDA Disaster Funds

The Dakotas are getting small a chunk of about $308 million in disaster assistance being provided to 33 states and Puerto Rico from U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency funds. North Dakota’s share is $100,000, and South Dakota’s is $396,000. The …