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Chinese broadens its propaganda drive to heartland America

Oct. 20, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China's propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of a four-page advertising section in the Des Moines Register opened a new battle line in China's effort to break the...

Chinese broadens its propaganda drive to heartland America

Oct. 20, 2018 9:19 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China's propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of a four-page advertising section in the Des Moines Register opened a new battle line in China's effort to break the...

A look at Salinas, California, farm-rich but unaffordable

Oct. 18, 2018 1:49 AM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a look at some key information about Salinas, one of the nation's least affordable metro areas to live. It's a phenomenon that's plaguing California, from its wealthiest areas, to working-class cities like Salinas. — POPULATION: 157,000 — LOCATION: About 20 miles...

The Latest: PG&E busy restoring power after wind cuts

Oct. 15, 2018 11:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on tens of thousands of people losing power in California because of wildfire danger (all times local): 8:15 p.m. California utilities are restoring electricity to tens of thousands of people after intentionally cutting their power because of concerns about high winds....

The Latest: Trump hears from Georgia farmers on hurricane

Oct. 15, 2018 10:53 PM EDT

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were wiped out by Hurricane Michael. Trump on Monday visited a farm near Macon where...

Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump's hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn't have anywhere else to go. "I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals," Rollins...

The Latest: Michael ruins large part of Florida cotton crop

Oct. 15, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael (all times local): 5 p.m. Researchers at the University of Florida estimate that Florida's cotton crop has been nearly decimated by Hurricane Michael's rampage. Researchers at the school's Institute of Food and Agricultural...

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

Oct. 15, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Add beer to chocolate , coffee and wine as some of life's little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. Losses of barley yield...

Lawyer: Missouri farmer was leader of organic fraud scheme

Oct. 12, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Three farmers who pleaded guilty Friday in a large-scale organic grain fraud scheme were lured into participation by a Missouri businessman who was its mastermind, a defense lawyer said. The farmers "convinced themselves to look the other way" while Randy Constant marketed the...

Juicy returns: Florida orange harvest up after long decline

Oct. 12, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Florida's orange crop is expected to increase for the first time in seven years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that 79 million boxes of oranges are expected during the coming season, a 76 percent increase from the 45 million produced last season. That crop was...