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Wisconsin mink industry warned of outbreak in Europe animals

Jun. 29, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin animal health officials are cautioning the state’s mink producers about the dangers of the coronavirus following outbreaks among animals on several farms in Europe, spurring renewed calls from animal rights activists to ban the fur trade. There are no confirmed cases...

Federal court rejects EPA approval of widely used herbicide

Jun. 4, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government must revoke its approval of a widely used weed killer that has damaged other crops and turned neighbor against neighbor in some farm communities, a federal appeals court in California ruled. Dicamba is used on tens of millions of acres of soybeans and cotton...

A moderator signals 30-seconds remaining to senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., right, during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. David Lindstrom, left, Susan Wagle, second from left, Kris Kobach, middle, and Bob Hamilton, second from right, share the debate stage. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber's Senate bid surges

May. 23, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't know how he'd go about getting it. The question to Bob...

National Party's Todd Muller addresses a press conference with his duty Nikki Kaye after deposing Simon Bridges as leader of the party in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, May 22, 2020. Muller challenged Bridges following two disastrous opinion polls for the party which indicated that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was headed for a huge victory in the September general election. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

New Zealand party replaces leader to face Ardern in election

May. 22, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has proved so popular during the coronavirus pandemic that it has prompted a change of leadership in the conservative opposition party just four months from a general election. Todd Muller on Friday deposed Simon Bridges as leader of...

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

May. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. The Environmental Protection Agency has weakened regulations dealing with fuel...

Indians stand outside a local snack shop during extended lockdown in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India has recorded its biggest single-day surge in new cases of coronavirus. The surge in infections comes a day after the federal government extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased some restrictions to restore economic activity and gave states more control in deciding the nature of the lockdown. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

May. 18, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports 5,242 new cases, largest single-day surge,...

Migrant workers from other states wait in queues outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their homes, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

India announces reforms to help millions of poor farmers

May. 15, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Friday announced agricultural market reforms and investment in facilities like cold storage warehouses to improve earnings for farmers who make up more than 60% of India’s 1.3 billion people. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the steps are part of a $260 billion...

Court cuts fine for couple's burn pile that included animals

May. 9, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon ranching couple, fined nearly $18,000 for creating an illegal burn pile that included 40 dead animals, contested the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s penalty and won. A judge reduced the fine to $3,000 because the burn was on residential property, some...

FILE - In this  June 15, 2018 photo, winter wheat is harvested in a field farmed by Dalton and Carson North near McCracken, Kan.  With the start of the winter wheat harvest just weeks ago, U.S. custom harvesters are having problems getting into the country the foreign workers they usually rely on to run their combines. The shuttered embassies amid the global coronavirus outbreak is just the start of difficulties: Governments have closed down their borders and overseas workers who already have visas already simply cannot get a flight. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Harvesters struggle to recruit foreign crews during pandemic

May. 9, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas harvester Mike Keimig is growing increasingly anxious about whether the foreign seasonal workers he needs to run his nine combines and drive his grain trucks will arrive in time for the start of the winter wheat harvest, which is just weeks away. His regular crew mostly...

In this photo taken Thursday, April 30 2020, Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, inspects tobacco crops. Troubled Zimbabwe has officially opened the tobacco selling season after a month-long delay amid a coronavirus lockdown. Tobacco is the country's second biggest foreign currency earner after gold, and it brought in about $750 million last year. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Troubled Zimbabwe hopes for some relief in tobacco sales

May. 8, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, paced through rows of tobacco plants. Desperate to complete the harvest and sell the crop, he pushed workers picking leaves to “hurry it up." Some carried up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of leaves,...