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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show Ohio farmers have been hit with the state’s worst weather-prevented planting season on record. The Columbus Dispatch reports the data released this week shows Ohio had the highest rate nationally of acreage on which insured farmers were prevented from planting because of weather. The data showed Ohio’s… Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week a proposal to tighten the rules on who qualifies for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA estimates more than three million people across the country would lose SNAP benefits in an effort to prevent fraud. Anti-hunger advocates in the Ohio Valley say the more than… Read More
A plan to move USDA research groups out of Washington, D.C. has towns clamoring for high-paying jobs. But critics say it’s part of an effort to gut objective research and cut jobs at the two agencies.
The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall. Eleven employees usually make up this busy office. Only three were called in Thursday morning as the U.S. Department of Agriculture reopened Farm Service Agency offices across the country on Thursday. The… Read More