Latest Agriculture News

An Afghan village shrivels in worst drought in decades

Dec. 09, 2021 01:03 AM EST

KAMAR KALAGH, Afghanistan (AP) — Hajji Wali Jan brought a half-dozen plastic containers to the well in Kamar Kalagh on a recent Friday — one of the handful of days each week he and those who live on his side of this Afghan village ae allowed to use the water source. When it was...

EPA lowers ethanol requirements, citing reduced demand

Dec. 07, 2021 22:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday lowered annual production requirements for ethanol and other biofuels to account for reduced demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the administration moved to reject requests by small oil refineries...

Jalisco to join Michoacan in Mexico avocado exports to US

Dec. 07, 2021 20:53 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Agriculture Department said Tuesday it has reached agreement with U.S. authorities on a working plan to allow avocados from a second Mexican state to be exported to the United States. For almost 25 years, Mexico has been allowed to export avocados...

Endangered whale gives birth while entangled in fishing rope

Dec. 06, 2021 16:52 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists spotted an endangered right whale dragging a length of fishing rope caught in its mouth as it swam with a newborn calf off the Georgia coast, a rare confirmation of a birth by an entangled whale that experts determined they can't safely attempt to help. ...

Derby winner Medina Spirit collapses, dies in California

Dec. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EST

Medina Spirit, a 3-year-old colt whose Kentucky Derby victory in May came under scrutiny because of a positive drug test, collapsed and died after a workout Monday at Santa Anita in Southern California. Trainer Bob Baffert said in a statment that the horse suffered a heart attack....

All in the name: UK school to end 311-year slave trader link

Dec. 06, 2021 13:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — First his statue met a watery end during last year's Black Lives Matter protests. Now another school in southwest England that bears the name of slave trader Edward Colston is changing its name. The governors of Colston’s School, which was set up in 1710 in Bristol,...

Volunteer at therapy farm dies after getting rammed by sheep

Dec. 06, 2021 13:33 PM EST

BOLTON, Mass. (AP) — A 73-year-old volunteer at a Massachusetts animal therapy farm died over the weekend after she was repeatedly rammed by a sheep, police said. Kim Taylor, of Wellesley, was caring for livestock in a pen alone at about 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Cultivate Care...

Tyson Foods to spend $50M on bonuses at its meat plants

Dec. 06, 2021 12:24 PM EST

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods said Monday that it plans to spend roughly $50 million on year-end bonuses for over 80,000 hourly workers at its meatpacking plants that will give them between $300 and $700 apiece. Those bonuses are on top of wage increases the company has...

Decades later, lawyer revisits fight to save family farms

Dec. 06, 2021 01:02 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Late at night buried in legal briefs, Sarah Vogel occasionally took a moment to contemplate the magnitude of the lawsuit she had filed seeking to help farmers facing foreclosure. “I should be keeping a diary,” she thought. ...

New Mexican weaver joins university wool heritage project

Dec. 05, 2021 15:21 PM EST

CHIMAYÓ, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University initiative aims to help secure the future of a pair of centuries-old practices in the state: herding sheep and weaving their wool into designs, both spectacular and utilitarian. The Wool Heritage Project’s inaugural...