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Rice fields dry up as Italy's drought lingers on

Jun. 29, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

MORTARA, Italy (AP) — The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. Italy's largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 28, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. June 25, 2022. Editorial: Signage war will just sow more confusion about gas taxes If the courts side with the Illinois legislature, by the end of next week signs could be popping up at gas stations all over the state. They will explain...

Grain farmers affected by Kentucky tornadoes to get relief

Jun. 27, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Farmers in western Kentucky will get some relief after a grain elevator was damaged by deadly tornadoes in December. Gov. Andy Beshear announced that up to $3.25 million will help farmers continue to grow and process grains. Funds are from the Team West...

New Colombian president pledges to protect rainforest

Jun. 25, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves...

Pick your own berries, flowers on farms in SW Louisiana

Jun. 25, 2022 01:15 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — There are rows upon rows of sunflowers and zinnias at Petite Anse Farm in New Iberia, but they’re not just meant to be seen. The hardy flowers suited to the heat of south Louisiana summers are there to be picked. Farm owners and operators Andrew “Andy”...

Romanian port struggles to handle flow of Ukrainian grain

Jun. 24, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — With Ukraine's seaports blockaded or captured by Russian forces, neighboring Romania's Black Sea port of Constanta has emerged as a main conduit for the war-torn country’s grain exports amid a growing world food crisis. It's Romania's biggest port, home...

Reynolds expands deer hunting with semi-automatic rifles

Jun. 21, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa hunters will be able to use semi-automatic weapons including AR-15 rifles to kill deer in more parts of the state during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Iowa lawmakers passed the bill in May and it...

Heavy flooding, landslides destroy buildings, roads in China

Jun. 21, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Heavy rainstorms are causing major flooding and landslides in southern China, destroying buildings, crops and roads, and forcing many people to flee their homes. In the Guangxi autonomous region, 145,000 people were relocated to safety and more than 10,000 houses...

Early in harvest, Mississippi watermelons looking good

Jun. 19, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's watermelons are looking good as the state’s harvest season opens, the Mississippi State University Extension Service says. “Melon quality is good,” said agent Heath Steede. “The dry weather we’ve been having hurts other crops, but for...

Agritourism trail spotlights Black farms in Georgia

Jun. 19, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Tucked behind the wrought iron gates that line the frontage at 801 Old Pretoria Road is the stuff that retreat-style getaways are made of: an 1851 mansion appointed in period furniture available for rent as a wedding venue or other private event; farm acreage dotted with...