Good Question: What's The Cost Of Raising A U.S. Child?The Department of Agriculture releases a report every year estimating what it costs to raise one child from the ages of zero to 17. In 2014, the estimate came out to $245,340. So, where does that money go?
Wholesale Price Of Fresh Turkeys Up This Thanksgiving, But Not DrasticallyBird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won't cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods.
USDA Forecasts Record Corn, Soybean Crops In MinnesotaWith Minnesota's fall harvest nearly over, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has boosted forecasts for what were already expected to be record corn and soybean crops.
Iowa Company 1 Of 2 Awarded Contract By USDA For Bird Flu Vaccines A federal agency has awarded contracts to two companies to manufacture a bird flu vaccine. But officials haven't decided whether to give the doses to poultry to protect against a disease that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring.
4 New York Wildcats Relocated To Minnesota SanctuaryFour wildcats were relocated after being surrendered by their owner.
Minnesota Corn, Soybean Development Ahead Of Last YearAccording to the USDA's weekly crop report Monday, 65 percent of Minnesota's corn acreage was in or beyond dent stage. That's 10 days ahead of last year and six days ahead of the five-year average.
USDA Seeking Proposals For Production Of Bird Flu VaccineThe U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking bids from animal health companies for a bird flu vaccine.
USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Not Good Enough For OutbreakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture says a bird flu vaccine doesn't work well enough to approve it for emergency use against the current outbreak that's shaken the Midwest poultry industry.
Kandiyohi County Hit Hard From Bird Flu CrisisSo far, 97 farms have been affected by the bird flu since the outbreak began in March. Kandiyohi County is ground zero with 37 of those farms. The state announced three new cases of the bird flu today, six new ones were reported yesterday.
Egg, Turkey Meat Prices Begin To Rise As Bird Flu SpreadsPrices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there's no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Minnesota Farmers Planting Soybeans At Near-Record PaceMinnesota farmers are planting soybeans at a near-record pace.
With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts On Potential VaccineAs losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak.
Baby Food Maker Recalls Products That May Contain GlassBeech-Nut is recalling nearly a ton of baby food products that may contain small pieces of glass. The USDA says the affected baby food is 4-ounce glass jars of Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potato and Chicken.
Good Question: What Does Organic Actually Mean? The U.S. Department of Agriculture started regulating the use of the word “organic” on foods in 2002. Since then, there's been huge growth in that category. Grocery stores like Kowalski’s say they’ve seen double-digit growth in demand for organics every year in the past decade.
Minnesota Company Recalls Ground Beef The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.