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Invasive and toxic 'devil weed' found on Hawaii's Big Island

Sep. 28, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An invasive plant species that is toxic to cattle and highly flammable has been found on Hawaii's Big Island. Chromolaena odorata, also known as “devil weed,” was found on the east side of the Big Island earlier this year, the Hawaii...

Evers proposes nearly $25M package targeting agriculture

Sep. 28, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers proposed a nearly $25 million package of bills Tuesday targeting the state's agriculture industry and rural communities, announcing the plans along with Democratic lawmakers at the World Dairy Expo. “The state can do more and...

Maine governor to take side of fishing biz in whale lawsuit

Sep. 28, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor is intervening in a federal lawsuit that concerns the future of right whale protections and lobster fishing off New England. The lawsuit was filed by conservation group Center for Biological Diversity against the federal...

Beyond, Impossible join crowded plant-based chicken market

Sep. 27, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods found success with realistic plant-based burgers. Now, they're hoping to replicate that in the fast-growing but crowded market for plant-based chicken nuggets. Beyond Meat said Monday that its new tenders, made from fava beans, will go on...

Maine finds no violations at salmon farm fish die off site

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

FRENCHBORO, Maine (AP) — Regulators in Maine said they found no permit violations stemming from thousands of fish deaths at an aquaculture operation off the state's coast. Cooke Aquaculture, a Canada-based fish farming giant, operates salmon farms that include...

Some Georgia dairy farmers see cash cow in raw milk sales

Sep. 27, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

Family dairy farms in Georgia are fighting to survive, and some farmers say selling raw milk could be the answer, despite public health concerns. White House Dairy Farm owner Marvin Yoder said that because of the oversaturation of the milk market, prices have been driven...

EXPLAINER: Why coffee could cost more at groceries, cafes

Sep. 27, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — As if a cup of coffee wasn’t expensive enough, a confluence of factors is driving up farmers' costs to grow the beans and it could begin filtering down to your local cafe before the end of the year. After hovering for years near $1 per pound,...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Sep. 27, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. Sept. 26, 2021. Editorial: We’ve seen enough. It’s time for Iowa to legalize marijuana Iowa, or at least its policymakers, has been resolutely reticent to join the bandwagon of states and countries permitting medical and then...

Maine rep: National Blueberry Month to include wild berries

Sep. 27, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A congresswoman from Maine has pushed for National Blueberry Month to include wild blueberries, which are a major crop in the state. National Blueberry Month is in July. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree pushed the House Agriculture Committee to...

India's farmers renew protests, challenging Modi government

Sep. 27, 2021 04:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indian farmers blocked traffic on major roads and railway tracks outside of the nation's capital on Monday, marking one year of demonstrations against government-backed laws that they say will shatter their livelihoods. The farmers have...