Department Of Agriculture

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  • This photo taken on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, shows a field of winter wheat near Andover, Kan. The Agriculture Department's production forecast released Wednesday, June 11, 2014,  estimates the Kansas crop at 243.6 million bushels, down from 260.4 million bushels forecast a month ago. Kansas has been hard hit by drought and recent rains have come too late to help the wheat. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Fernando Salazar) LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

    EDITORIAL: Hypocrisy down on the farm

    The Senate on Thursday delayed the vote on a $180 billion "minibus" spending package that includes a few billion for the Agriculture Department and related agencies. This will complement the separate $100 billion-a-year farm bill enacted earlier in the year. These agricultural handouts are once more igniting fierce trade disputes with India and China.


  • Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

    A federal government-backed nutrition program seeks to provide two million meals to Mississippi schoolchildren this summer.


  • Department of Ag. releases annual local food guide

    The latest edition of the North Dakota Local Food Directory is out and the state's agriculture commissioner says interest in local products is continuing to grow.


  • Hemp seeds planted in Kentucky following dispute

    Hemp has turned legitimate in Kentucky, where researchers are starting to plant test plots that will help gauge the economic potency of the non-intoxicating plant banned for decades due to its family ties to marijuana.


  • Maine takes action against invasive insect

    Maine officials are beginning to release thousands of beetles in a long-term effort to eliminate an invasive insect that is attacking hemlock trees in the southern part of the state.


  • Benson Bell, executive director for Consumer and Environmental Protection, left, and Adam Watson, program coordinator, weigh a bag of hemp seed Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in Frankfort. Hemp seeds that produced a drawn-out legal fight were freed from confinement and delivered Friday to Kentucky's Agriculture Department for experimental plantings, marking a limited comeback for the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana. The seeds from Italy that drew so much suspicion from federal drug officials were unceremoniously unloaded from a UPS truck and then weighed by state agriculture officials. The shipment featuring 13 seed varieties came in at 286 pounds. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, James Crisp)

    Ky. agriculture officials receive hemp shipment

    Tiny hemp seeds that produced a drawn-out legal fight were freed from confinement and delivered Friday to Kentucky's Agriculture Department for experimental plantings, marking a limited comeback for the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana.


  • House, Senate bills to OK spuds in moms' food plan

    The ubiquitous white potato has scored another victory on Capitol Hill.


  • Ky. Ag Department hires new apiarist

    A nationally known beekeeping authority and author has been hired as Kentucky's new state apiarist.


  • Kentucky gains federal permit for its hemp seeds

    Hemp seeds will be sprung from confinement and planted in Kentucky soil in coming days after federal drug officials approved a permit Thursday ending a standoff that had imperiled the state's experimental plantings this spring, agriculture officials said.


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