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500 vigilantes gather in Mexico town, pledge to aid police

Nov. 27, 2021 16:17 PM EST

NUEVO URECHO, Mexico (AP) — Extortion of avocado growers in western Mexico has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from a so-called “self-defense” group known as United Towns, or Pueblos Unidos, gathered Saturday and pledged to aid police. The vigilantes gathered for...

Corn meal, whiskey help save Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

TOWAOC, Colo. (AP) — Drought in much of the West, 22 years running, has struck Colorado’s Four Corners tribal lands with bitter force. This year, the Ute Mountain Ute’s celebrated 7,700 acre farm and ranch operation had to lay off half its workers as thousands of acres lay fallow. ...

Volunteers plant fruit orchard for Indiana primate sanctuary

Nov. 27, 2021 08:38 AM EST

WINAMAC, Ind. (AP) — Staff at a primate sanctuary in northern Indiana will be feeding the center’s menagerie with freshly picked fruit in the coming years thanks to a newly planted orchard. A team of volunteers helped plant 60 fruit trees last month on the property of...

Disabled combat veteran opens pecan business in Georgia

Nov. 27, 2021 00:13 AM EST

BYRON, Ga. (AP) — When Tim Williams purchased his home in Kewanee Farms in Byron in the late summer of 2020, starting a pecan processing facility and opening a storefront wasn’t something he’d ever imagined doing. “I didn’t know anything about pecans before I...

Sri Lanka heeds protests, lifts ban on agrochemical imports

Nov. 24, 2021 10:46 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government has withdrawn a ban on imports of agrochemicals that it said was aimed at encouraging organic cultivation. Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage announced on Wednesday the revocation of the ban, which took effect...

Plan to cut food waste will send blueberries to food banks

Nov. 24, 2021 10:16 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine nonprofit group is working with blueberry farmers to cut down food waste and provide fruit to food pantries in the state. Healthy Acadia, based in Ellsworth, will work with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to...

'They become our family:' US farming couple rescues Afghans

Nov. 24, 2021 09:18 AM EST

FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — The U.S. soldiers called them “Caroline’s guys.” They transformed farms in a war zone - risking their lives for the program she built, sharing her belief that something as simple as apple trees could change the world. The...

Grants to boost Maine potatoes, blueberries, flowers

Nov. 20, 2021 12:46 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Potato Board, a company that wants to expand wild blueberry wine, and a flower collective are among the groups that will receive about a half million dollar in agricultural grants. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

Utah farmers try to adapt to drought in a changing climate

Nov. 20, 2021 08:05 AM EST

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah (AP) — Climate change is making droughts more frequent and intense. This summer, the southwestern U.S. had the worst drought on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That has limited Utah farmers’ ability to grow...

Ag Processing plans expansion of Iowa soybean-crushing plant

Nov. 19, 2021 15:37 PM EST

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor has proposed a nearly $72 million expansion of its soybean-crushing plant south of Sioux City and is seeking nearly $1.5 million in state and local money to help finance the added capacity. Ag Processing...