U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Investigating Battelle By Mike Foley • Oct 7, 2016 battelle.com The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an open investigation into Columbus-based Battelle, but its purpose is unclear. USDA Says Ohio's Corn And Soybean Crops Will Rebound This Year By Jim Letizia • Aug 23, 2016 toledoblade.com The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts bumper crops of soybeans and corn this year. Farmers Markets Growing In Number And Popularity By Jim Letizia • Aug 11, 2016 Farmers markets are popular with many central Ohioans. Animal Rights Group Files Complaint Against Cincinnati Zoo By Jim Letizia • Jun 2, 2016 wlwt.com 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. USDA Finds Problems At The Wilds By Jim Letizia • Apr 19, 2016 reservations.thewilds.org An animal rights group has released a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing several violations at The Wilds animal sanctuary in eastern Ohio. Feds Say Ohio Sixth Worst State For Food Insecurity By Jim Letizia & Ohio Public Radio • Sep 11, 2015 A new federal study ranks Ohio among the worst states in the nation for families on the brink of hunger. CCS Plans To Have More Kids Eat School Meals By Jim Letizia & Alison Holm • Aug 1, 2014 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. Officials Encourage Greater Participation In Summer Meal Program By Jim Letizia • Jul 17, 2014 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 By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Apr 24, 2014 Beneficialbugs.org State agriculture officials say beekeepers lost 50 to 80 percent of their honeybees over the winter, threatening the farming industry. Bad Weather Could Force Changes In School Meals Programs By Jim Letizia & Ohio Public Radio • Mar 21, 2014 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. Fireworks To Be Used To Get Rid Of Geese Near Olentangy River By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Mar 18, 2014 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 By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Jan 3, 2014 The U.S. Department of Agriculture says American farmers produced nearly 14 billion bushels of corn in 2013. One In Six Ohioans Facing Food Insecurity By Jim Letizia • Sep 6, 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 By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • 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. State, Feds To Fight Food Stamp Fraud By Jim Letizia • Apr 4, 2013 The federal government estimates 766 million dollars, or one percent of food stamp benefits, are misappropriated because of fraud.