Ag Alerts: Online grocery shopping with SNAP; Tyson sues USDA; Walmart raises prices

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A roundup of news, reports and research on agribusiness and related issues. 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will soon have the ability to use SNAP benefits to purchase online groceries. The program will start in New York and expand to other states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is elevating their efforts to stop the spread of African swine fever, an illness spread through an animal’s bodily fluids. The agency rolled out a “surveillance plan,” to test for the virus.

Tyson Foods is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The company’s claim stems from an inspection at a hog facility in Iowa. Tyson asserts the company was forced to destroy thousands of carcasses because one federal employee lied about inspecting Tyson’s facility.

Walmart plans to raise the price of many products at their retailers. The decision to raise prices is a response to mounting pressures of Trump administration tariffs.

A new poll published by NPR finds one out of four Americans living in rural parts of the country say they can’t get the health care they need. Many also say health care is too far away.