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'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

Oct. 10, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought...

Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

Oct. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that...

Trump: US, Japan agree on 1st stage of new trade agreement

Sep. 25, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. and Japan on Wednesday signed a limited trade deal that will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But the deal does not address autos, a key sticking point during months of contentious negotiations, and President Donald Trump...

AP Explains: A look at Amazon fires as climate worries mount

Sep. 24, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires that swept parts of the Amazon this year added to global worries about a warming climate, as well as the sense of urgency at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations this week. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to convert forests to soybean farms...

Jurors convict Iowa farmer in corn rake killing of wife

Sep. 23, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A jury Monday convicted an eastern Iowa hog farmer of using a corn rake to kill his wife, agreeing with prosecutors who argued he was enraged that she was having an affair. Jurors found Todd M. Mullis, 43, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Amy Mullis, according to the...

Man accused in corn rake killing testifies: I didn't do it

Sep. 20, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa hog farmer accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife says he didn't do it and doesn't know who did. The Telegraph Herald reports that 43-year-old Todd Mullis also testified Thursday in Dubuque that he didn't know who used his iPad to conduct internet searches about...

Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

Sep. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The field manager of an Iowa hog farm testified that a woman with whom he was having an affair told him last year she was deathly afraid of her husband — a man now accused of using a corn rake to kill her. Jerry Frasher testified Wednesday in the trial of Todd Mullis. Mullis is...

Lawyer: Man charged with corn rake killing irate over affair

Sep. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says an Iowa man accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife was irate over her affair and fearful he'd lose their farm if she divorced him. Testimony resumed Wednesday after opening statements for the trial of 43-year-old Todd Mullis. He's charged with first-degree...

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork

Sep. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations. China will suspend tariff hikes on soybeans, pork and some other farm goods, the Xinhua...

World shares buoyed by fresh optimism over US-China trade

Sep. 13, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Friday, buoyed by fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank and hopes for progress in China-U.S. trade talks. Germany's DAX picked up 0.1% to 12,426.92 and the CAC 40 in France added 0.2% to 5,651.91. But Britain's FTSE 100 gave up 0.2% to 7,327.05...