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UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

USDA reveals details of relief for cherry growers affected by Chinese tariffs

U.S. cherry growers – including those in the Yakima Valley – negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs from China can receive up to $250,000 in direct payments, the U.S. Department of …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

USDA rule would cut food stamp benefits for 3.1 million

About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program.


USDA proposes change that would push 3 million Americans off food stamps

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday to limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, a measure that officials said would …


USDA researchers quit in droves as Trump administration plans relocation

A plan to move Agriculture Department researchers out of Washington has thrown two small but influential science agencies into upheaval. Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Sometimes doing business the American way means dancing in a mindless bureaucratic ballet

Let’s say you want to start a new business after retirement, and you do it the American way. You get a business license and liability insurance, check state and local …


Food stamps absorb shutdown impact

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are being urged to budget their resources carefully after receiving their February benefits weeks earlier than usual.


Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says

U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Donald Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by …


Get ready for ‘explosive’ grain market as shutdown quiets USDA

As the partial U.S. government shutdown enters its second week, the lack of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending market participants to Twitter and other sources to …


Parasite problems linked to packaged salads and wraps prompt recall

Federal food safety inspectors are urging consumers to check their refrigerators for packaged salads and wraps that may be contaminated with cyclospora parasites.


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

House, Senate farm bills split over conservation programs

Proponents of the House plan, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, say it would combine the best features of two programs that encourage conservation efforts through a mix of financial …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue endorses work requirements for food assistance

Congress is preparing to reconcile two versions of the farm bill, a sweeping piece of legislation renewed every five years that governs an array of agricultural and food assistance programs, …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to allay farmers’ trade concerns

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sought to assure Eastern Washington agriculture and forestry leaders on Monday that American farmers will not bear the brunt of an international trade war. But …


Next big thing in pulse research: peas that grow beneath winter snow

One of the most promising advancements in pulse research is the development of autumn-sown peas, which are planted before the year’s first snowfall and can produce drastically greater yields than …


Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called? That question has yet to be decided by regulators, but for the moment, it’s pitting …


Sue Lani Madsen: Beef’s beef with USDA over imports

American producers have filed a lawsuit to support free trade and protect consumers of their product.


U.S. government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve …


USDA petitioned to include poultry in humane slaughter law

As Americans prepare to consume some 45 million turkeys on Thanksgiving, an animal rights group asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday to require more humane treatment for turkeys, …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Dansel named to Washington state director of the federal Farm Service Agency

Current and former legislator picked to head USDA offices in Washington.


2 Idahoans appointed to USDA

President Donald Trump has appointed two Idahoans to serve in state director positions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 7:19 p.m.

WSU not sure if it owns buildings it planned to sell

The Washington State University regents were expected to take action Wednesday on a $15.3 million real estate deal, but their vote was postponed because it wasn’t clear whether WSU actually …


SCC to offer welding, fabrication certificate program in Newport

A federal grant will help Spokane Community Colleges fund a welding and fabrication certificate program for students at its Newport Center.


Perdue offers hope for farming issues in Trump administration

Sonny Perdue’s views on agriculture offer some hope for longer-term stability. It wouldn’t make sense for Trump to nominate him and then ignore him.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

Remain calm. America is not running out of bacon.

Americans love their bacon, whether it’s maple bacon, applewood bacon or peppered bacon. We love it so much that the national bacon reserves have plunged to a level not seen …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

Source: Trump’s agriculture secretary choice is former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Tom Vilsack leaving USDA a week early, no replacement named

Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Trump has not chosen Vilsack’s replacement. Vilsack told employees in …


Dealer that supplied Petco, PetSmart is charged with cruelty

Animal cruelty charges were filed Wednesday against a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart.


Hawaii may be first to help farmers get certified organic

Hawaii is the first state to pass legislation providing tax breaks to farmers to offset the cost of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. David …


WSU to receive $2 million grant from USDA

Washington State University will receive a $2 million grant to continue research into increased food production through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research program, USDA Secretary Tom …


Federal initiative includes grant to lower fire risk in eastern Cascades

The federal government is funding a new initiative with $780,000 aimed at lowering wildfire risks and improving forest health in the eastern Cascades this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture …


USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

The Agriculture Department unveiled new rules on Tuesday that would force retailers who accept food stamps to stock a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of business …