Agriculture

May 19, 2019 - 4:58 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest. There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16...
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May 18, 2019 - 7:36 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Historic flooding has left parts of the Mississippi River closed for business. The river is a main conduit of shipping everything from agriculture products and construction material to petroleum and coal. Flooding also has affected shipping on the Missouri River and other...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2019, wheels are attach as workers assemble a tractor at John Deere's Waterloo, Iowa assembly plant. Deere & Co. reports earnings on Friday, May 17. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/Telegraph Herald via AP, File)
May 17, 2019 - 7:44 am
Deere cut its profit and sales expectations for the year as a trade war between the U.S. and China escalates at the same time that farmers are attempting to recover from a planting season besieged by heavy rains. Prices of soybeans targeted by Chinese tariffs last year fell to a 10-year low this...
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May 15, 2019 - 12:04 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A farmer says he had to cut off his own mangled leg with a pocket knife after it became trapped in a grain hopper in northeastern Nebraska. KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he accidentally stepped on the opening of the hopper...
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Vice President Mike Pence, left, talks with Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., as they enter a Senate Republican policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 14, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies. Vice President Mike...
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May 14, 2019 - 11:14 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is causing anxiety among rural farmers and bankers. Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer says these are days of "a little bit of panic." Minnesota agriculture lender Kent Thiesse (TEE'-see) says most farmers were able to...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, cargo containers are staged near cranes at the Port of Tacoma, in Tacoma, Wash. China has announced tariff hikes on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's escalation of a fight over technology and other trade disputes. The Finance Ministry said Monday, May 13, the penalty duties of 5% to 25% on hundreds of U.S. products including batteries, spinach and coffee take effect June 1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 13, 2019 - 3:32 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — China's announcement Monday of higher tariffs on $60 billion of American exports — retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese goods — hit a particular nerve here in the farm belt. China's vast consumer market has been a vital source of revenue for...
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In this Aug. 23, 2017, courtesy of Quiet Pictures, Rene Reyes Ornelas, a 41 year-old Mexican farmworker, works picking grapes during his second harvest in Sonoma, Calif. "Harvest Season," a new PBS documentary scheduled to begin airing Monday, May 13, 2019, examines the contributions of Mexican Americans in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley. (Roberto "Bear" Guerra/Quiet Pictures via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 8:27 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new PBS documentary is examining at the contributions of Mexican Americans in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley. "Harvest Season," scheduled to begin airing Monday on most PBS stations as part of the Independent Lens series, shows how the Mexican Americans...
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May 10, 2019 - 7:11 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — A case of African swine fever has been detected in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse, prompting the culling of all 6,000 pigs at the facility. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said in a statement Friday that the incurable virus was found in a single pig imported from a farm in...
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May 10, 2019 - 9:25 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The yogurt company Chobani plans to pay the school lunch debts of low-income families with students attending a district that made headlines by announcing children who owe money would get cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches instead of a hot meal, the mayor's office...
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