Latest Agriculture News

Christmas tree farm closing after this holiday season

Dec. 04, 2022 03:12 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For more than a generation, the Unicorn Hill Christmas Tree Farm has played host to countless holiday memories. Families select their tree from six different varieties of pine, cut it down and have it strapped to their car’s roof for a ride to its new home. ...

Camel pageant is among World Cup's sidelines attractions

Dec. 02, 2022 20:59 PM EST

ASH-SHHANIYA, Qatar (AP) — Like all good pageant contestants, Nazaa'a displayed not only dazzling beauty but also poise and grace. She batted her eyelashes and flashed a toothy smile for the television cameras at the Mzayen World Cup, a pageant held in the Qatari desert about 15...

Feral hog control: 8 years, some progress, $2.5B damage/year

Dec. 02, 2022 11:14 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eight years into a U.S. program to control damage from feral pigs, the invasive animals with big appetites and snouts that uproot anything that smells good are still a multibillion-dollar plague on farmers, wildlife and the environment. These prolific hogs gone...

Kentucky agriculture on pace to achieve record receipts

Dec. 01, 2022 18:44 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Having endured a turbulent year marked by high inflation and extreme weather trends, Kentucky agriculture is on pace to achieve record-setting cash receipts, agricultural economists said Thursday. Statewide farm cash receipts this year are projected to...

EPA seeks to mandate more use of ethanol and other biofuels

Dec. 01, 2022 16:20 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed increasing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supplies over the next three years, a move welcomed by renewable fuel and farm groups but condemned by environmentalists...

Illinois DNR suspects bird flu in deaths of 300 waterfowl

Nov. 30, 2022 15:41 PM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife officials suspect that bird flu killed at least 300 waterfowl recently found dead at public hunting sites across southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday the wild birds, mostly snow geese, have been found...

Mexico, US appear headed for dispute over GM corn

Nov. 29, 2022 16:14 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the United States appear to be headed for another commercial dispute Tuesday, this time over a Mexican ban on imports of genetically modified yellow corn. In a strongly worded message, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote that “time is...

Hunters kill 14% more deer during Wisconsin 9-day gun season

Nov. 29, 2022 13:34 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed substantially more deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2021 thanks largely to snow cover, relatively stable weather conditions and a lack of standing corn that deer use to hide, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The...

9,000 hens killed after latest Missouri case of avian flu

Nov. 28, 2022 13:03 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly 9,000 laying hens in Webster County were killed after federal officials confirmed an outbreak of bird flu in the flock, state agriculture officials said. It is the 11th case of the highly contagious avian influenza in Missouri this year, involving...

Bird flu prompts slaughter of 1.8M chickens in Nebraska

Nov. 27, 2022 12:43 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 million birds nationwide continues to spread. The...