BirdFlu
2 months ago
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USDA secretary not ready to declare bird flu outbreak over

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over.
Eggs
3 months ago
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US to import egg products from Netherlands to ease shortage

The bird flu outbreak has caused the US Department of Agriculture to approve importing egg products from the Netherlands to be used for baking and in processed foods.
The USDA cited Wilmington's Tregembo Zoo for health problems Ben the Bear was suffering. The zoo says Ben is doing better.
3 months ago
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Tregembo Zoo says sick bear is getting better

There are new allegations against the Tregembo Zoo for the way their animals are being cared for. The allegations are in regards to a black bear suffering from an autoimmune disease.
Final tobacco quota payment will not be reduced
2 years ago
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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.
Ex-Rep. Etheridge to lead NC federal farm office
2 years ago
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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.
NC lawmakers want tobacco program protected
2 years ago
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NC lawmakers want tobacco program protected

Members of the state's congressional delegation want the federal tobacco program protected from expected budget cuts.
Kansas company recalls nearly 23K lbs. of meat
2 years ago
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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.
Federal loan to help Dosher modernize
2 years ago
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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.
Wilmington-based ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for fuel plant
3 years ago
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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.
Schools turn their noses up at ‘pink slime’
3 years ago
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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.