USDA

Multiple Reasons for Lost Colonies
12:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

USDA Report on Honey Bee Health

A new report from the USDA identifies multiple reasons why honey bees are dying off in the United States.

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Different amount of Rainfall key factor.
3:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Drought Hit Western IL Crops Unevenly

Credit ag.purdue.edu

Recently released numbers by the USDA show that the drought affected crop yields last hear differently across Western Illinois.

Corn yields in McDonough and Mason counties were down thirty bushels per acre from last year.  Adams and Pike County were down 60 bushels while Mercer County was actually up twenty.

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Women and Hispanic farmers may receive payments
3:24 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Deadline Looms for USDA Discrimination Claims

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Women and Hispanic farmers who believe that were discriminated against by the USDA have one month left to file a claim with the federal government.

Women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were denied USDA farm service loans have until march 25th to file claims.

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Wants to stop people exchanging benefits for cash.
12:35 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

USDA Cracks Down on Food Stamp Fraud

Credit http://www.fns.usda.gov (via wikipedia)

The USDA says it’s changing  the rules of its aid program commonly known as “food stamps” to help crack down on fraud.

The agency is expanding its legal definition of “trafficking” to crack down on people exchanging food stamp benefits for cash.

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May let farmers sell emissions credits
3:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

USDA Works with Farmers to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Credit Credit: Lynne Betts, USDA/NRCS)

A program across Illinois and Iowa is looking at ways for farmers to help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce, and to be compensated for it.

The program explores ways farmers can change the way they apply nitrogen fertilizer to reduce the amount of nitrous oxide gas that is created.

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