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Pakistan floods raise fears of hunger after crops wrecked

Sep. 26, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

KHAIRPUR, Pakistan (AP) — Like every year, Arz Mohammed had planted his little patch of land in southern Pakistan with cotton. The crop would earn him enough so that, as he puts it, his family of five wouldn’t be reduced to begging. Then came the deluge. Pakistan’s massive...

More consumers buying organic, but US farmers still wary

Sep. 22, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

CHURDAN, Iowa (AP) — In the 1970s when George Naylor said he wanted to grow organic crops, the idea didn't go over well. Back then organic crops were an oddity, destined for health food stores or maybe a few farmers markets. “I told my dad I wanted to be an organic...

Front line farming: Bombs disrupt critical Ukraine industry

Sep. 21, 2022 07:05 AM EDT

NOVOMYKOLAIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — An unexploded rocket sticks out of a field, and another is embedded in the ground of the farm compound. Workers found a cluster bomb while clearing weeds, and there's a gaping hole in the roof of the shrapnel-scarred livestock barn. All work has...

Minnesota Ojibwe harvest sacred, climate-imperiled wild rice

Sep. 20, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

ON LEECH LAKE, Minnesota (AP) — Seated low in her canoe sliding through a rice bed on this vast lake, Kendra Haugen used one wooden stick to bend the stalks and another to knock the rice off, so gently the stalks sprung right back up. On a mid-September morning, no breeze ruffled...

Nigeria battles worst floods in years; 300 killed in 2022

Sep. 19, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is battling its worst floods in a decade with more than 300 people killed in 2022 including at least 20 this week, authorities told the Associated Press on Monday, admitting the situation is “beyond our control.” The floods in 27 of Nigeria’s 36...

Idaho and Taiwan sign two-year wheat trade agreement

Sep. 19, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed a two-year agreement supporting Idaho wheat sales to Taiwan in a deal that officials say gives wheat producers a reliable buyer and Taiwan a dependable supplier. The Republican governor participated in the ceremonial...

Farming, water and Wall Street on Colorado’s Western Slope

Sep. 14, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

LOMA, Colo. (AP) — Under the blazing afternoon sun, Joe Bernal navigates a shiny-green John Deere tractor onto a dirt road a few miles north of downtown Fruita. Bernal is headed to cut hay in a field a few hundred feet down the road. On his way, he points out the land his family has acquired over...

Pakistani premier promises compensation for flood victims

Sep. 14, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Wednesday promised the country's homeless people that the government will ensure they are paid to rebuild and return to their lives after the country's worst-ever floods. With winter is just weeks away, half a million people are living...

In Arizona, worry about access to Colorado River water

Sep. 13, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Robbie Woodhouse’s grandfather began nearly a century of family farming along the Gila River near Yuma in the middle 1920s when he dug up a bunch of mesquite stumps on his land to make way for his barley, wheat, Bermuda seed, cotton and melon fields. Farming...

Pakistan scrambles to deliver aid as flood death toll rises

Sep. 13, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan scrambled to deliver aid to those most in need on Tuesday as the death toll from record-breaking floods in this impoverished Islamic nation rose further, with no respite in sight from the unprecedented monsoon rains. The rains started early this year —...