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Toxic pigweed found in Connecticut for 1st time

Nov. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An invasive weed that’s toxic to livestock and resistant to herbicides has been found in Connecticut. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced Thursday that the Palmer amaranth, a type of pigweed, was found this fall in two pumpkin fields in East Windsor. The...

Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

Nov. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation and play host to his family’s ancestral gods. Or at least that’s what experts and officials...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

Former grain trader gets 8 years in prison for $11M scam

Nov. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota grain trader who admitted to bilking farmers, elevators and commodity brokers out of millions of dollars was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who imposed the prison sentence, also ordered Hunter Hanson to pay...

American Crystal ends Red River Valley sugar beet harvest

Nov. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar has already ended its fall sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley. KFGO-AM reports the Moorhead-based cooperative ended its harvest on Saturday. American Crystal has not released the number of acres that were not harvested. The co-op has five processing...

West Virginians urged to watch for spotted lanternflies

Nov. 11, 2019 4:48 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians are being told to be on the lookout for an invasive insect. The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release that a small population of the spotted lanternfly was detected in the Eastern Panhandle community of Bunker Hill last month. The insects are...

Georgia moves closer to legal hemp production

Nov. 9, 2019 12:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia farmers are poised to cash in on the cannabis craze. By the end of the year, state officials plan to submit proposed rules to the federal government for growing hemp, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. That means Georgia farmers could begin legally raising the crop as early...

Despite fires, California wine is doing just fine - for now

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze that raged through one of the...

Stay or go? US residents of Mexico town torn after 9 killed

Nov. 8, 2019 8:42 PM EST

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — U.S. citizens living in a small Mexican farming community established by their Mormon ancestors are trying to decide whether they should stay or leave after burying some of the nine American women and children slaughtered this week in a drug cartel ambush. What had been a...

Washington apple crop 1 of largest in history

Nov. 8, 2019 11:03 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — This year's Washington apple crop is one of the largest in history. The Washington State Tree Fruit Association estimates the crop at 138.2 million 40-pound boxes. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that figure is well above the 116.7 million boxes harvested a year ago. But this year's...