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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Deere to lay off more than 600 at four U.S. plants

    (Reuters) - Deere & Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, said it would indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at plants in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas as falling grain prices hurt demand for tractors, harvesters and other agricultural...
  • Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore

    Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore
    A voracious Asian beetle that's killed millions of ash trees across North America has finally been spotted in Baltimore, posing a costly and difficult challenge for a city that stands to lose more than 200,000 of its most common trees to the exotic pest's...
  • Smithfield Foods Inc. reports 14 percent spike in second quarter 2014 sales

    Smithfield Foods Inc. reports 14 percent spike in second quarter 2014 sales
    SMITHFIELD — Despite posting a $3.8 billion profit last quarter, Smithfield Foods Inc. officials say a deadly pig virus is prompting them to pump the breaks on new global expansion. "Notwithstanding a bullish hog production outlook, PED (virus)...
  • OPM releases rules for phased retirement

    OPM releases rules for phased retirement
    Bob Fireovid, a national program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, has been planning to retire in late September. But now that the Office of Personnel Management has finally released its long-awaited guidelines on phased...
  • Feds open Minnesota conservation land to grazing, cutting

    With rain-ruined grasslands and hay fields unavailable to feed livestock, the federal government has decided to let ranchers in seven Minnesota counties graze their animals and cut hay on land usually reserved for conservation. The emergency measures are...
  • Farmers worry over forecasts of another strong corn harvest

    With what appears to be another exceptional corn harvest headed our way, you might think farmers would be shopping for new trucks and planning pricey vacations. But for many of them particularly those who rent their farmland 2014 looks like it's bringing...
  • Cost of raising a child in U.S. tops $245,000, USDA says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An average middle-income family in the United States can expect to spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child born in 2013, the U.S. government estimated on Monday. The Department of Agriculture's annual "Cost of Raising a...
  • Cost of raising a child tops $245,000, U.S. report shows

    Cost of raising a child tops $245,000, U.S. report shows
    Middle-income parents can expect to spend more than $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013, according to an annual federal report aptly titled the "Cost of Raising a Child."  If it's any comfort to those of us in Florida, costs are slightly lower in the...
  • Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define

    Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
    When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label. But what about those "natural"...
  • U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning fungus off wheat so farmers can...
  • Slow pace of rail recovery stirs fear of future woes

    TORONTO (Reuters) - More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails. Across the continent's...