Agriculture

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, a nearly ready-to-harvest almond is seen in an orchard in Newman, Calif. On Thursday, May 9, 2019, California regulators are recommending new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming babies' brains. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 08, 2019 - 11:28 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. The move cheered by environmental groups would outlaw chlorpyrifos (klohr-PY'-rih-fohs) after scientists deemed it...
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An Original Impossible Burger, left, and a Cali Burger, from Umami Burger, are shown in this photo in New York, Friday, May 3, 2019. A new era of meat alternatives is here, with Beyond Meat becoming the first vegan meat company to go public and Impossible Burger popping up on menus around the country. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
May 07, 2019 - 12:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to skip meat, a new era of options is here. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are among the companies racing to tap into the massive U.S. market of meat eaters by more closely mimicking the taste of beef than vegetarian patties of the past. Others are working to grow meat...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018 file photo, Peter Vance photographs lava erupting in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. A year after one of Kilauea volcano's largest and most destructive eruptions, people who lost their Big Island homes and farms to rivers of lava are still struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. More than 700 homes were destroyed in the historic eruption, and most people will never move back to their land. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
May 03, 2019 - 11:58 am
LEILANI ESTATES, Hawaii (AP) — A year after a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes and farms in the disaster are still struggling to return to their cherished island lifestyle. More...
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Ethan Brown, center, CEO of Beyond Meat, attends the Opening Bell ceremony with guests to celebrate the company's IPO at Nasdaq, Thursday, May 2, 2019 in New York. California-based Beyond Meat makes burgers and sausages out of pea protein and other ingredients. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
May 02, 2019 - 8:02 am
Beyond Meat is ready for more. The El Segundo, California-based maker of plant-based burgers and sausages made its debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday. It's the first pure-play maker of vegan "meat" to go public, according to Renaissance Capital, which researches and tracks IPOs. Beyond...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, people put their luggage in a private taxi as they arrive from the U.S. to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba. In 1958, the father of José Ramón López owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. All were taken in Cuba's socialist revolution. Starting Thursday, they will be able to file lawsuits against European and American companies doing business on their former properties, thanks to the Trump administration's decision to activate a provision of the U.S. embargo on Cuba with the potential to affect foreign investment in Cuba for many years to come. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
May 01, 2019 - 9:03 pm
MIAMI (AP) — In 1958, José Ramón López's father owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. All were taken in Cuba's socialist revolution. Conchita Beltrán's family had about 2,160 acres (874 hectares) of sugar and tobacco fields. They were taken, too. Both moved to the...
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In this April 2, 2019, photo, pigs eat from a trough at the Las Vegas Livestock pig farm in Las Vegas. The farm feeds their pigs with food wast from Las Vegas casinos. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 28, 2019 - 8:18 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — At a farm outside Las Vegas, a herd of pigs feasts on lobster, sausage links and beef. In town, people at a community center sit for a dinner that may include sliders and truffle mac and cheese. The two meals have something in common: Both came from the kitchens of Sin City's...
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In this April 24, 2019 image made from video provided by the NYPD, a New York City police officer holds a pygmy goat after it was found wandering around a backyard in the Queens borough of New York. Police brought the goat to a city animal shelter and it will be brought to the Skylands Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage, N.J. (New York City Police Department via AP)
April 27, 2019 - 12:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "There's a new GOAT in town, and it's not @TomBrady..." That's what the New York Police Department tweeted after rescuing a crying pygmy goat that had mysteriously wandered into a Queens backyard this past week. Officers named it Josh and delivered it to a city animal shelter for a...
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Fallen trees line the roads leading into the small community of Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Several homes were damaged by fallen trees in the tree lined community. Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, topping trees and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
April 19, 2019 - 1:21 am
LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe...
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This 2018 photo provided by the University of New Hampshire shows a ground nesting bee pollinating a flower in New Hampshire. The species is one of 14 declining wild bee species identified in a study published in April 2019 by researchers at the university. The new study has found that more than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating fruits and vegetables across New England are on the decline. (University of New Hampshire/Molly Jacobson via AP)
April 18, 2019 - 8:25 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 6, 2018 file photo, cows stand at Nate Elzinga's farm in Zeeland, Mich., on the day of an auction where Elzinga and his partners sold the herd. Market forces and larger milking operations made it difficult for them to be profitable. A new federal program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June 2019, as farmers undergo their fifth year of low milk prices that have driven thousands out of business. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 2:26 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle the underlying challenges they face. Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices that have...
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