Agriculture

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 17, 2018, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks to the media after casting his vote in the constitutional referendum in Buye, northern Burundi. New U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says in a statement Tuesday March 5, 2019, that Burundi's government has forced the rights office in the troubled East African nation to close after 23-years. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, FILE)
March 05, 2019 - 2:40 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government has forced the United Nations human rights office in the troubled East African country to close after 23 years, the U.N. rights chief announced with "deep regret" on Tuesday. Burundi in December asked the U.N. office to leave, months after the outgoing U.N...
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In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, Colton Welch, a junior at the State University of New York at Morrisville, N.Y., tends hydroponic tomato plants which will provide students with data applicable to cannabis cultivation. The college's new minor in cannabis studies is among a handful of new university programs aimed at preparing students for careers in marijuana and hemp industries. (AP Photo/Marry Esch)
March 04, 2019 - 8:33 am
Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana. "My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. "I say...
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FILE-In this Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, a lobster walks on the ocean floor near a lobster trap off Biddeford, Maine. Maine officials say lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore in 2018, with the second-highest value on record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File
March 01, 2019 - 9:26 am
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore last year, an increase that helped to propel the total value of Maine's seafood to the second-highest value on record, state officials said Friday. The value...
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FILE- In this April 5, 2018, file photo sorted soybeans are ready for shipment and planting near White Cloud, Kan. Statistics show the nation's farmers are struggling to pay back their loans after years of low crop prices _ with nearly one out of every five loans in a government farm program now delinquent. Figures recently compiled show an overall jump in delinquencies for producers with direct loans from the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency. Nationwide, 19.4 percent of FSA direct loans nationwide were delinquent in January. That compares to 16.5 percent for the same month a year ago. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
February 28, 2019 - 10:13 am
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due...
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February 28, 2019 - 7:44 am
GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization panel has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over agricultural subsidies, saying Beijing went beyond WTO limits in its support for wheat and rice producers. The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body on Thursday found China exceeded...
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February 27, 2019 - 6:43 am
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A proposed $2 billion wind farm planned for federal waters off Martha's Vineyard has received key approval from Rhode Island regulators. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in a unanimous vote Tuesday determined that the project is consistent with state...
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February 23, 2019 - 10:29 am
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government. The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson...
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February 23, 2019 - 9:41 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a "product like any other." Macron's speech at his country's premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina sits high and dry due to Lake Mead receding in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan wrapped up by a March 4 deadline set by the federal government, state water officials said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. It's the latest hurdle threatening the seven-state plan to take less water from the drought-starved Colorado River, which provides water for 40 million people and 5.5 million acres of farmland. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
February 19, 2019 - 4:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday. It's the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven...
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Dutch fishers and their families hold up banners during a protest outside parliament in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, supporting electric pulse fishing. Dutch fisherman are lobbying lawmakers in a last-ditch attempt to avert a European Union ban on the practice of using electric shocks to stun fish before scooping them up in nets. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
February 12, 2019 - 8:27 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch fisherman protested Tuesday outside parliament in a last-ditch attempt to avert a European Union ban on the practice of using electric shocks to stun fish before scooping them up in nets. The Dutch fishermen argue that the technique, known as electric pulse...
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