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US trade, immigration and biofuel policies hit farmers hard

Jul. 15, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years. The threat of...

Thai court acquits migrant poultry workers of defamation

Jul. 11, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed criminal defamation charges brought against 14 migrant workers by their former employer, a poultry farm they had accused of labor and human rights violations. The ruling is considered significant because the workers' supporters and other social...

In Tennessee, Trump's tariffs become a political issue

Jul. 9, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political...

How the trade war is changing minds in a Senate battleground

Jul. 7, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political...

Wind spreads California fire as other states battle blazes

Jul. 2, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in rural Northern California has exploded in size and forced evacuations in hot, dry weather that is sweeping through several western states where blazes are threatening thousands of homes. The fast-moving fire that started over the weekend northwest of Sacramento...

Jurors slap pork giant Smithfield with $25M for nuisances

Jun. 29, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury on Friday punished the world's largest pork producer, deciding Smithfield Foods should pay two neighbors more than $25 million for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks after an industrial-scale hog grower expanded near their home....

Environmental group appeals massive juniper removal in Idaho

Jun. 29, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group is challenging one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees that federal officials say will protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and benefit cattle ranchers in southwestern Idaho. The Western Watersheds Project in an administrative appeal filed...

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

Jun. 28, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring. It's a marvel of ecology as shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic time a stop critical to their survival to this mass crab...

Red Hen owner who ousted Trump spokeswoman quits local group

Jun. 27, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The co-owner of the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has resigned from a local business group. News outlets report Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of the Red Hen, resigned Tuesday as executive director of Main Street Lexington....

Flames sweep through barn, killing 5,000 pigs

Jun. 20, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a barn fire that left about 5,000 pigs dead. The fire started Tuesday afternoon at the Straathoff Swine Farm in Ohio. The farm is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Columbus. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says the flames...