U.S. Department of Agriculture - the best personalized free web-based Email en en U.S. Department of Agriculture Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. But many farmers are nervous about another plank in Trump's agenda: His vow to overhaul U.S. trade policy, including his intent announced Thurs... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:17:00Z Frozen burritos recalled for possible listeria contamination LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — More than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday announced the Green Chile Food Company recall for various frozen burritos containing meat and poultry, after a routine sample of a beef and potato burrito found a problem. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:56:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:56:00Z As farmers worry, Agriculture chief to promote trade WASHINGTON (AP) — As farmers fret over President Donald Trump's criticism of international trade agreements, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is trying to reassure them by creating a top post to oversee trade and foreign agricultural affairs. The new undersecretary position is a sign of Perdue's efforts to promote the U.S. agricultural industry as Trump... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-05-11T20:15:00Z Strawberry scientist is sued over the fruits of his research FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Plant scientist Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the country. When the professor retired from the University of California at Davis and set up his own strawberry-breed... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:51:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:51:00Z AP Interview: Ag leader supports renegotiating trade pact WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico with a focus on what has worked and what hasn't. Trump appeared to be on the brink of pulling out of the ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:09:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:09:00Z The Latest: Trump to sign executive order on education WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 11:45 p.m. President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at minimizing the federal government's role in education. The order will direct the education secretary to conduct a study to identify potential over-reach by the f... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:50:00 GMT 2017-04-26T03:50:00Z Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market. Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:59:00 GMT 2017-04-25T01:59:00Z Farmers dismayed that USDA delays fair practice rule DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who grow chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processing corporations, was delayed Wednesday by President Donald Trump's administration, halting by at least six months an initiative rolled out by President Barack Obama in his final days in office. The rule was first ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-04-12T23:28:00Z US temporarily bans use of cyanide predator traps in Idaho BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Monday temporarily stopped the use of predator-killing cyanide traps in Idaho after one sickened a young boy and killed his dog last month after they checked it out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a letter that it had halted all use of the traps on state, federal and private land in Idaho in response ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:43:00 GMT 2017-04-11T00:43:00Z Republicans hope Trump amenable to food stamp restrictions AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine resident Zak McCutcheon says he likes soda but acknowledges he'd drink less of it if his governor convinced Republican President Donald Trump to put restrictions on the approximately $200 a month he receives in food stamps. He thinks it may even make recipients healthier and less overweight. "If I was more restricted to what I ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-04-08T18:06:00Z Mike Epps sorry for dancing with kangaroo on Detroit stage DETROIT (AP) — Actor and comedian Mike Epps is apologizing for dancing on stage with a kangaroo in front of a screaming crowd at a Detroit comedy show. In a video of the Friday night event, Epps can be seen holding the animal's harness. A man is seen picking up the animal and carrying it around the stage. Epps got some blowback on socia... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-04-03T22:15:00Z EPA reverses course on safety of pesticide used on crops WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration won't ban a common pesticide used on food, reversing efforts by the Obama administration to bar the chemical based on findings it could hinder development of children's brains. In announcing the decision late Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said that by not banning chlorpyrif... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:09:00 GMT 2017-03-30T20:09:00Z Senate panel approves agriculture secretary nomination WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for agriculture secretary, moving the nomination to the Senate floor. The panel backed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on a voice vote on Thursday. In his confirmation hearing last week, Perdue stressed that he has worked with Democrats in the... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:40:00 GMT 2017-03-30T14:40:00Z Ban sought for cyanide trap that hurt Idaho boy, killed dog BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to ban its use of cyanide-ejecting devices aimed at killing coyotes after one went off near a boy and his dog earlier this month, killing the dog. The petition filed late Tuesday by the Western Watersheds Project and other groups starts a formal process to prevent the... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:49:00Z Bird flu found in chicken flock at northwest Georgia farm SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — About 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed avian influenza in the flock, the first time the disease has been detected in commercial birds in the state, authorities said Monday. The infected chickens were flagged by routine screening at a poultry breeder in Georgia's Chattooga Coun... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-03-27T17:52:00Z Ag pick seeks to reassure Congress as Trump eyes farm cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators in both parties who are fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to promote agricultural trade and create jobs in the struggling industry. At his confirmation hearing, the former Georgia... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-03-23T16:50:00Z Agriculture nominee to distance himself from businesses WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name, restructure family trusts and create blind trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed. In a written agreement with a government ethics agency, the former Georgia governor said he will also step down from ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:27:00 GMT 2017-03-13T23:27:00Z White House submits some paperwork for agriculture secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has submitted nomination paperwork for agriculture secretary pick Sonny Perdue — more than seven weeks after President Donald Trump nominated him. The Senate Agriculture Committee received the nomination on Thursday. But it still doesn't have Perdue's ethics paperwork or FBI background check. That's according to a spokeswoman for Michigan Se... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-03-10T17:11:00Z Casey Affleck to voice animatronic bear in PETA protest WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his Oscar for "Manchester by the Sea," actor Casey Affleck will be lending his voice to a protest intended to call attention to mistreatment of bears. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will bring a 7-foot-tall animatronic bear with Affleck's voice to the Agriculture Department in Washington on Tuesday. Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:50:00 GMT 2017-03-07T11:50:00Z Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken supplier NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 73,500 chickens were destroyed at the facility and will not enter the food system. The H7 avian influenza can be deadly to chickens and turkeys. ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-03-06T21:34:00Z 6 weeks later, senators question delay on agriculture pick WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be his agriculture secretary six weeks ago, but the administration still hasn't formally provided the Senate with the paperwork for the nomination. The delay is frustrating farm-state senators, who represent many of the core voters responsible for helping elect Trump. The ... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:39:00 GMT 2017-03-02T21:39:00Z Hundreds of bison sent to slaughter over tribes' objections BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday started shipping hundreds of wild bison to slaughter for disease control, as a quarantine facility on a Montana Indian reservation that could help spare many of the animals sat empty due to a political dispute. Fifteen female bison initially slated for quarantine on the Fort Peck Reservation we... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:18:00 GMT 2017-02-08T22:18:00Z USDA says removal of animal welfare records not final WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says "adjustments may be made" in its decision to remove animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website. The information, including lists of animal welfare violations at commercial dog and horse breeding facilities and animal testing ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-02-07T23:40:00Z The Latest: Democrat backs agriculture secretary nominee WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate consideration of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees (all times EST): 2 p.m. President Donald Trump's nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, has already won the support of one farm-state Democrat. North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Monday sh... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:11:00 GMT 2017-02-06T19:11:00Z USDA removes animal welfare reports from its website WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has removed animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website, citing privacy and other laws. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the information was removed from the site around 11 a... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:28:00 GMT 2017-02-03T21:28:00Z The Latest: Trump vows to 'send in the Feds' to help Chicago WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. President Donald Trump is offering to "send in the Feds" if Chicago can't reduce its homicide figures. Trump tweeted Tuesday night, "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!" ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:20:00 GMT 2017-01-25T05:20:00Z Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDA WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land." Agriculture secretary was the final Cabinet post to be announced by Trump, who is set to take office Friday. Perdue, 70, is a far... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:43:00 GMT 2017-01-20T03:43:00Z AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 before it is announced. Perdue, 70, would be the first Southerner to lead the Agriculture Department in more than two decades. He comes ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-01-19T03:14:00Z Vilsack takes job with dairy industry after leaving USDA WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is taking a job at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The group is a nonprofit that promotes dairy products. An announcement Tuesday said Vilsack will help "develop a long-term vision for building sales and consumer trust in U.S. dairy." Vilsack is entering the private sector after ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:06:00 GMT 2017-01-17T17:06:00Z Correction: Egg Exports-South Korea story DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Jan. 11 about the U.S. exporting eggs to South Korea, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of food market analyst firm Urner Barry and its protein market analyst Brian Moscogiuri. A corrected version of the story is below: Bird flu-plagued South Korea agrees to buy US eggs South Korea is suffering from a sho... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-01-16T17:54:00Z