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USDA to spend $4 million on honey bee aid in five states
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the aid through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program builds on $3 million in fiscal 2014.

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Lawyer urges judge to invalidate Big Isle GMO law
The plaintiffs want to invalidate an ordinance that went into effect in December banning new cultivation of any genetically modified crops and testing of GMO crops unless in enclosed spaces such as greenhouses. They argue the county ordinance is...
Judge to hear arguments in Big Island GMO lawsuit
Agriculture groups and farmers filed a lawsuit in federal court in June seeking to overturn the law, which went into effect in December.
New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor
This month, the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina said it “does not condone the use of child labor” and said tobacco growers and farm labor contractors should not employ workers under 16 years old.
Michigan warns of Serrano peppers with salmonella
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday issued a consumer advisory for the peppers.
N.Y. grants $17.6 million to protect 21 farms
The funds will help preserve 21 farms in 12 counties, bringing the total acreage under the farmland protection program to approximately 59,000 acres.
N. Dakota durum harvest, winter wheat planting near end
The harvests of many late-season crops including soybeans and potatoes also are nearing completion
Texas State Fair sets food, ride sales record
Temperatures that were largely mild and few storms helped bolster the 24-day event, which wrapped up Sunday.
Permaculture farming seen as a match for Southwest
The family is committed to holistic practices and a back-to-the-garden lifestyle. Their solar-powered home is off the grid, they catch rain (with a permit), have greenhouses, raise their food, and host agricultural programs at their 80-acre...
Turkey farmer branches out to raising chickens
So for the first time since his father, Lloyd Bevans, began raising turkeys on land he bought in the early 1960s, the Bevans farm will produce chickens, too.
Kauai, state form group to study pesticides, GMOs
The first step will involve interviews and discussions to identify the questions the fact-finding group will ask. The parties will select nine or more people to serve in the group.