USDA

Final tobacco quota payment will not be reduced
It appears former or current US tobacco growers will get their full, final annual payment from the quota buyout approved by Congress almost a decade ago. Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:37pm
Ex-Rep. Etheridge to lead NC federal farm office
Former congressman and state schools superintendent Bob Etheridge is the new executive director of the North Carolina office of the federal agency that oversees some agricultural programs and keeps farmers abreast of other initiatives. Mon, 12/30/2013 - 5:11pm
NC lawmakers want tobacco program protected
Members of the state's congressional delegation want the federal tobacco program protected from expected budget cuts. Mon, 11/11/2013 - 6:12pm
Kansas company recalls nearly 23K lbs. of meat
Reser's Fine Foods in Topeka, KS, is recalling about 22,800 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted chicken, ham and beef products. Wed, 10/23/2013 - 8:49pm
Federal loan to help Dosher modernize
Dosher Memorial Hospital has been working for this day for several years. Monday the hospital celebrated an $8.5 million, low-interest loan from USDA Rural Development. The facility will use the money to renovate all 25 rooms. Mon, 08/12/2013 - 7:55pm
Wilmington-based ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for fuel plant
A company that wants to turn grass grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel is getting the federal backing it wants to build an ethanol plant. Wed, 08/22/2012 - 5:12pm
Schools turn their noses up at ‘pink slime’
The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year. The US Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn't contain the product known as lean finely textured beef. Tue, 06/05/2012 - 5:52pm
Black Farmers Settlement deadline Friday
The deadline is approaching for North Carolinians to join in a class action lawsuit that alleges the US Department of Agriculture unfairly denied loans to black farmers in the 1980s and 1990s. Thu, 05/10/2012 - 4:55pm
Columbus Co., Whiteville schools stop using USDA beef
There's no "pink slime" on the menu any more at school in Columbus County. The county's two school districts have stopped using beef from the USDA. Wed, 03/21/2012 - 2:23pm
Schools will get to opt out of ‘pink slime’ beef
The Agriculture Department says that starting next fall, schools can stop feeding students a common ammonia-treated ground beef filler dubbed "pink slime" by critics. Thu, 03/15/2012 - 6:17pm