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Wattle fences: Weaving branches takes time, yields rewards

Aug. 14, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

CONTRADA PETRARO, Sicily (AP) — They come in the middle of the night and are gone by morning. But without fail, they leave their calling cards: Pronged footprints and gashes in the ground where they've dug with natural abandon. This nocturnal troublemaker in mountainous northern Sicily is the "cinghiale,"...

US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

Aug. 13, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers the Food for Peace program,...

Local fairs building up to Tennessee State Fair in September

Aug. 13, 2018 12:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's prime time for Tennessee's local fairs, and state agriculture officials say more than 3 million people visit the fairs every year. The Agriculture Department said fairs last year paid out more than $1 million in premiums for more than 200,000 agricultural exhibits. The agency...

Black soybean farmers claim they were sold faulty seeds

Aug. 10, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds. But as the plants began to grow, Hall, Grayer and...

Italian wine harvest begins, productive year forecast

Aug. 10, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian wine grape harvest season has started with Pinot and Chardonnay grapes in the northern Lombardy's Franciacorta region, with experts anticipating a better year after an especially weak 2017. The Coldiretti agricultural lobby said Friday that it's expecting a 15 percent increase in...

African refugee grows homeland's bitter eggplants in Vermont

Aug. 9, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — After surviving refugee camps in Africa, Janine Ndagijimana settled in Vermont and began to dream of farming. When she considered what to plant, she thought back to her time in Tanzania and settled on the African eggplant, also called bitter ball or garden egg. It wasn't found in...

Hot in the Highlands: Scottish games defeated by heat wave

Aug. 9, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In Scotland, which usually sees buckets of rain each summer, a traditional Highland Games event has fallen victim to Britain's summer heat wave. Organizers of the Invercharron Highland Games say the "exceptionally dry weather" has slowed the growth of hay, so the farmer who lends his field...

Farmworkers protest treatment in Italy after migrant deaths

Aug. 8, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Hundreds of crop pickers held a one-day strike and protest march in southeastern Italy Wednesday to protest the exploitation of migrant farmworkers. Labor union activists organized the strike and march from the shanty town of San Severo to the city of Foggia after 16 farmworkers died in two...

Poland: Activists protest use of pesticide harmful to bees

Aug. 8, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Environmentalists and beekeepers in Poland have staged a protest against the government's authorization of a class of pesticides that the European Union says poses a serious risk to bees. Poland's Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday the temporary permission it gave for the use of...

Genetics technology could lead to more crops, fresher food

Aug. 6, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on Monday...