U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture will pay $4.7 billion to farmers growing soybeans, cotton and other products hit by tariffs in the Trump administration's hard-line trade war with China, announcing the first batch of payments from a $12 billion government aid package.

Starting next Tuesday, the agency will take applications from farmers who produce corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, sorghum, soybeans and wheat — products that were targeted in China's retaliatory tariffs, after the U.S. imposed a 25 percent levy on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports.

A new report by the Humane Society of the United States highlights inhumane conditions at America's puppy mills. 

The delivery of federal food benefits for millions of low-income people is likely to change after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it'll allow states more flexibility in how they dole out the money.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

An Associated Press investigation finds toxic algae blooms have become a serious hazard in all 50 states, making people sick, killing animals and harming the economy.

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may not be able to depend on research conducted by the government to help them adapt to climate change if the Trump administration follows through on campaign promises to shift federal resources away from studying the climate.

State lawmakers are considering giving farmers a real estate tax break.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ohio Farms Packing Company is recalling more than 40 thousand pounds of  boneless veal products for possible E. coli contamination.

Federal Communications Commission Secretary Marlene Dortch is the granddaughter of the late four-time Olympic gold medalist and Ohio State University track star Jesse Owens.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed its offices at the Wayne National Forest to the public through Tuesday, the day it auctions 16 hundred acres for fracking.

An inspection report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has concluded the Cincinnati Zoo's barrier to keep the public and gorillas separate wasn't in compliance with standards for housing primates the day a 3-year-old boy slipped into the gorilla exhibit and a gorilla named Harambe was fatally shot.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an open investigation into Columbus-based Battelle, but its purpose is unclear.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts bumper crops of soybeans and corn this year.

Farmers markets are popular with many central Ohioans.

A Wood County woman has been barraged with hateful social media comments because she shares the same name as the mother of a 4-year-old boy who jumped into the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit last weekend.

An animal rights group has released a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing several violations at The Wilds animal sanctuary in eastern Ohio. 

A new federal study ranks Ohio among the worst states in the nation for families on the brink of hunger.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Columbus City Schools officials this morning announced a bold move to get more kids to eat breakfast and lunch at school. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Federal and state officials are trying to get more low-income children to participate in free or reduced-price meal programs this summer.

Ohio Beekeepers Lost Colonies Over The Winter

Apr 24, 2014

State agriculture officials say beekeepers lost 50 to 80 percent of their honeybees over the winter, threatening the farming industry.

Thousands of families had to find different ways to feed their kids after multiple calamity days at schools cut them off from access to free or reduced-priced meals.

The city of Columbus plans to use fireworks and lasers to scare away the geese officials say are thwarting efforts to develop newly widened Olentangy River banks.

U.S., Ohio Corn Production Rose Last Year

Jan 3, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says American farmers produced nearly 14 billion bushels of corn in 2013.

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows low-income Ohioans continue to have problems feeding themselves and their families.

Feds Lower Estimate On Corn Crop

Jul 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its estimate of the size of this year's corn crop, reflecting late planting in Ohio and other states caused by a wet spring.

The federal government estimates 766 million dollars, or one percent of food stamp benefits, are misappropriated because of fraud.