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Illegal marijuana farms take West's scarce water

Sep. 17, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Jack Dwyer pursued a dream of getting back to the land by moving in 1972 to an idyllic, tree-studded parcel in Oregon with a creek running through it. “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow...

Australia predicts record farm production despite challenges

Sep. 14, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is forecast to reap record farm revenues this year despite pandemic challenges, a mouse plague and a trade dispute with China. Australian farmers are expected to sell 73 billion Australian dollars ($54 billion) in produce in the...

Kansas farmers busy planting wheat, harvesting other crops

Sep. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers have been busy planting next year's winter wheat crop and harvesting the state's other major crops. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that about 4% of the winter wheat has now been planted in Kansas....

Farmer says harvests will vary across South Dakota

Sep. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota farmer says harvests will vary widely across the state because some pockets have been spared from the drought. Travis Mockler farms corn, alfalfa and soybeans in the southeastern part of the state. He says even farmers in the same...

Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget

Sep. 12, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a swing House district. It was that none of the money was targeted for a home state...

Maine potato farmers feeling optimistic ahead of harvest

Sep. 12, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Potato growers anticipate a solid crop and stronger demand thanks to reopening restaurants — providing a sense of optimism heading into the harvest in northern Maine. Another positive indicator: A decline in acreage was reversed with an...

Thieves steal fruit harvests from Kansas City-area churches

Sep. 11, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Thieves in the Kansas City area have in the past month have taken two churches' fruit harvests. Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Liberty had planned to harvest grapes it grows after a Sunday worship service earlier this month, WDAF-TV reports. But...

Premium Peanut to invest $64.3 million in South Carolina

Sep. 11, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A grower-owned peanut shelling company said it plans to set up operations in South Carolina's Orangeburg County. Premium Peanut said it plans a $64.3 million investment that will create 130 new jobs. The new facility will provide more capacity...

Maryland winery workers take to the vines for yearly harvest

Sep. 11, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

MOUNT AIRY, Md. (AP) — As a hazy mist rose out from the hills along a Mount Airy vineyard and the early-morning skies radiated a soft pink glow, only the hustling of grape-pickers could be heard in the otherwise silent terrain. The grapes gathered on this picturesque...

Farm calls police on Black couple it believed stole 6 apples

Sep. 10, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tourist farm called police on a Black couple it accused of stealing six apples and is now apologizing after the family went public in a blog post. Manikka Bowman and Jeff Myers said in the post that they visited Connors Farm in...