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Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

Mar. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised —...

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

Mar. 19, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

THA MUANG, Thailand (AP) — Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa. Experts say the insect was first found outside the Americas in 2016, in Africa, where it has infested up to half of some crops of...

Judge grants extension of settlement talks in soybean suit

Mar. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an extension of settlement talks in a lawsuit claiming a soybean seed company purposely sold faulty seeds to black farmers in Mississippi. U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes had set a Friday deadline for mediation talks in a lawsuit filed in Memphis,...

EPA rules on issue pitting oil producers, corn farmers

Mar. 12, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, seeking to calm a dispute that has riled two politically important blocs — the oil industry and corn farmers. Tuesday's proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection...

Farmer patience on tariffs comes with caution flag for Trump

Mar. 7, 2019 1:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa hog farmer Howard Hill is feeling the pinch from President Donald Trump's get-tough trade policies — his pigs are selling for less than it costs to raise them. It's a hit that Hill is willing to take for now, but his understanding also comes with a caution flag for the...

China says Canadian canola will face stricter assessments

Mar. 7, 2019 3:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Imports of canola, a Canadian oilseed crop, will now undergo more thorough inspections in China, the country's customs agency said Thursday, amid what appears to be a retaliatory move amid a diplomatic row over the arrest of a Chinese executive. Relations between Canada and China have been...

China says pest concerns justify ban on Canadian canola

Mar. 6, 2019 11:08 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that it is blocking some imports of the agricultural product canola from Canada because of fears of insect infestation. The move, which comes amid heightened tensions over Canada's arrest of a Chinese tech executive, is seen by some as a new tactic to seek leverage over...

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

Feb. 28, 2019 1:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around...

WTO panel rules in favor of US in Chinese farm subsidy case

Feb. 28, 2019 11:23 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization panel has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over agricultural subsidies, saying Beijing went beyond WTO limits in its support for wheat and rice producers. The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body on Thursday found China exceeded domestic...

The Latest: Powell: Fed in 'no rush' to decide rate moves

Feb. 26, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's testimony to Congress (all times local): ___ 12:15 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell wraps up more than two hours of Senate testimony by giving a broader definition of what the Fed means when it says it will be "patient" in...