USDA http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usda-pays-turn-dead-trees-biofuel <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture starting a program that pays people to deliver dead trees to power plants that can convert them to biomass fuel.&nbsp; Large swaths of Wyoming’s forests have been killed by pine beetle infestations and some say they pose a fire danger. Todd Atkinson with the Farm Service Agency says he hopes money will give people the incentive to harvest from more remote areas.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59932 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel Stakeholders want screening for invasive plant species http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stakeholders-want-screening-invasive-plant-species <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stakeholders in the Rocky Mountain region are in unanimous agreement about what needs to be done about invasive&nbsp;plant&nbsp;species. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Bioscience.</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:27:01 +0000 Sara Hossaini 37675 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stakeholders want screening for invasive plant species Drought-induced hay shortage drives up prices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-induced-hay-shortage-drives-prices <p>The USDA is predicting that this year&rsquo;s hay crop will be the worst in decades because of the drought.</p><p>Platte County Extension Agent Dallas Mount says most Wyoming hay farmers are producing only half as much hay as usual, and some are producing none at all. He says that&rsquo;s driving up prices.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:12:55 +0000 Willow Belden 28626 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought-induced hay shortage drives up prices Drought puts Wyoming in largest-ever natural disaster designation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/drought-puts-wyoming-largest-ever-natural-disaster-designation <p>The US Department of Agriculture has named more than 1,000 counties &ndash; about a third of all counties nationwide &ndash; to be natural disaster areas. The drought-driven designation is the largest the USDA has ever made.</p><p>In Wyoming, all but a small corner in the northwest part of the state is currently dry, with designations ranging from Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Todd Even of the Farm Service Agency in Wyoming says that in some areas it&rsquo;s estimated that more than fifty percent of range land or grass hay crop has been lost.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:26:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 27034 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Drought puts Wyoming in largest-ever natural disaster designation Native American Farmers And Ranchers May See Repayment Soon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-american-farmers-and-ranchers-may-see-repayment-soon <p>Some Native American farmers and ranchers in Wyoming could be receiving checks and debt forgiveness in the coming year in the wake of a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.<br>&nbsp;<br>It’s estimated that Native American farmers and ranchers lost over 770-million-dollars in revenue between 1981 and 1999, because the USDA denied them loans and services based on their race. Many Native Americans also lost their land in the process.<br> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 01:59:18 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 18557 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native American Farmers And Ranchers May See Repayment Soon USDA to close two Wyo. offices http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usda-close-two-wyo-offices <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to shutter four offices in Montana and Wyoming as part of a $150 million cost cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide.</p><p>The Food Nutrition Service office in Cheyenne, and the USDA Rural Development office in Park County will close, though FSN employees will continue to work from home.</p><p>The Food Nutrition Service office was the only one in the state. Food Nutrition Service is the source of the federal SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:32:22 +0000 The Associated Press 17911 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USDA to close two Wyo. offices