Prosecutors have filed foreclosure notices for the eastern Ohio property where a man released dozens of his tigers, bears and other exotic animals and killed himself, forcing authorities to hunt down the creatures last fall.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will unveil a new program Friday that will offer financial incentives for farmers to enroll up to 1 million new acres of grasslands and wetlands into the conservation reserve program.
After being battered by flooding last year, farmers across the Northeast and Midwest can at least be thankful that a relatively warm and largely snowless winter has made it easier to get started healing their rutted and debris-strewn lands.
Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops - an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices.
Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after a blogger posted comments she made about race to an NAACP audience, is unsure about returning to a government job, she said Friday.
The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a "unique opportunity" for a new job and said she was thinking it over.
As farmers and home gardeners set out their tomatoes this spring, plant experts offered suggestions for preventing another outbreak of late blight, which destroyed millions of dollars worth of tomatoes in the eastern U.S. last year.
It's a good spring for strawberry lovers: Prices are unusually low in many places because cold weather delayed Florida's harvest to coincide with California's, and the two states are flooding the market with cheap berries.
Some Obama administration officials have made clear their unease with the increasing control a handful of corporations have over the nation's food supply, and this week in Iowa they could show whether they are serious about changing the system.