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Nearly two dozen GOP attorneys general - including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich - filed a complaint in federal court against the USDA and its interpretation of the executive order requiring federal agencies to review and revamp policies related to gender or sexual orientation. Read more»

Burning Juniper & Pinyon trees in the Bert Fire in 2016.

The Biden administration will announce Tuesday it is using $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. Read more»

More states are allowing certain residents to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals.

In the past two years, six states, Including Arizona, have opted in to the little-used federal Restaurant Meals Program that allows older adults, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals. Read more»

As proposals to unify food safety have ebbed and flowed, longtime proponents of a single agency say they’ve come to believe that modernizing food safety laws needs to happen first.

For more than 70 years, consumer advocates, government experts, members of Congress and several presidents have called for a single food safety agency - but the idea has stalled again and again, easy to propose but all but impossible to enact. Read more»

Nearly all the chickens we eat descend from birds bred by two companies, Aviagen and Cobb-Vantress, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods.

For years, a dangerous salmonella strain has sickened thousands and continues to spread through the chicken industry. The USDA knows about it. So do the companies. And yet, contaminated meat continues to be sold to consumers. Read more»

Black farmers only make up 1.4% of all farmers nationally. James Stewart and his wife, Rachael, hope to make farming more accessible to anyone who wants to pursue the profession.

James and Rachael Stewart have seen their ranch grow tremendously since starting it from scratch in October 2020 as Arizona’s first Black-owned protein ranch, but the biggest struggle for Southwest Black Ranchers is access to money - their ranch doesn’t qualify for any assistance in its first three years. Read more»

Then-President Donald Trump, with Ivanka Trump, delivering remarks on the Farmers to Families Food Box program on Aug. 24, 2020.

The $6 billion Farmers to Families Food Box program - created to provide fresh produce to families affected by the pandemic - was mismanaged and used by the Trump administration for political gain, a new congressional report has found. Read more»

Wade Kelsall, owner of Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, feeds his goats. Feeding the farmyard animals is one of the property’s most popular attractions.

From petting zoos and hayrides to corn mazes and concerts, some farms in Arizona and across the U.S. are opening their gates to the public with farm-based entertainment to diversify revenue and stay in business. Read more»

The federal government boosted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or food stamp – benefits, but SNAP recipients will only realize a part of that increase, as a special pandemic boost in benefits ended Friday, the same day that the higher baseline benefits took effect.

More than 900,000 Arizona food stamp recipients saw an increase in their monthly benefits starting Friday, but recipients will not see the full 21% increase in their pocketbooks because it comes at the same time that a 15% pandemic-related boost in benefits is scheduled to end. Read more»

Despite heightened concerns over obesity’s health dangers, Congress only provides the CDC with 31 cents per U.S. resident for grants to support state-based obesity-prevention programs.

The effects of obesity account for a large share of the nation's health care spending, but funding for obesity prevention and control has been inadequate for decades, and the pandemic has thrust longstanding racial and economic health disparities into bold relief. Read more»

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, aims to protect Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, Coconino and Tonto national forests, in part by thinning the trees there to reduce the risk of wildfire. The Forest Service has dropped plans, for now, to award a 20-year contract for 4FRI.

Arizona lawmakers and advocates said they were “blindsided” by the U.S. Forest Service’s abrupt announcement this week that it would halt negotiations on a proposed extension of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. Read more»

Firefighters from Wyoming and private crews work to build containment lines last week while battling the Cronan Fire, one of three fires comprising the River Complex in northern California,

Fighting wildfires did not get any easier this month, but it did get a little more profitable for thousands firefighters employed by the federal government as the departments of Agriculture and Interior bumped the minimum wage for federal firefighters up to $15 an hour. Read more»

Volunteers at Glory Temple Ministries in North Miami, Florida, load families’ trunks with produce, rice and canned foods.

As cases of COVID-19 rise in many parts of the country, the federal government has not promised any further extension of heightened benefits and an expanded food safety net, leaving those who have received emergency aid in a state of uncertainty. Read more»

The Biden administration today announced a 25% increase in food stamp benefits, the largest jump in the history of the program which will increase the average monthly benefits under the program now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to $157. Read more»

Horses graze on the grass where a fire scar helped promote its regrowth at the base of Ponderosa pine trees in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, where the Heber Wild Horse Territory is home to many feral horses in the high central Arizona area.

Wild horse advocates have created a stable of volunteers hoping to prove a concept of fertility control will work better to keep the population of wild horses in a healthy range than other practices currently used by the federal government. Read more»

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