Agriculture Department

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court to hear case over stores’ food stamp sales

WASHINGTON—Jan 11, 2019—The Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal from a group representing food retailers to prevent the release of information about the federal food stamp program to a South Dakota newspaper. The justices say they’ll review an appellate ruling that said information maintained by the Agriculture Department about where people spend their … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court to hear case over stores’ food stamp sales

WASHINGTON | Agriculture Dept. launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs. In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he is fulfilling a promise to protect farmers against “unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.” The Trump administration … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Agriculture Dept. launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

NEW YORK | Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

NEW YORK — Customs officials at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers. Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag. The New York Times reports officials believe the birds were brought to the U.S. to participate … Continue reading NEW YORK | Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

WASHINGTON | Trump taps ex-Monsanto executive to lead wildlife agency

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is nominating a former executive at agribusiness giant Monsanto to head the Fish and Wildlife Service. Aurelia Skipwith of Indiana is currently deputy assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks. A biologist and lawyer, Skipwith spent more than six years at Monsanto and has worked at the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump taps ex-Monsanto executive to lead wildlife agency

WASHINGTON | Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs

WASHINGTON— The U.S. readied a plan Tuesday to send billions in emergency aid to farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other American trading partners. The Agriculture Department was expected to announce the proposal that would include direct assistance and other temporary relief for farmers, according to two … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs