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Authorities: 28,000 pounds of soybeans stolen from farm

Nov. 20, 2020 3:53 PM EST

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — About 460 bushels of soybeans weighing 28,000 pounds (12,700 kilograms) have been stolen from a farm in Michigan’s Thumb region. The soybeans were taken between Oct. 25 and Nov. 3 from grain bins, according to the Tuscola County sheriff's office. Deputies said the...

Francisco Sagasti waves after being sworn-in as the new, interim president at Congress in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Sagasti's appointment marks a tumultuous week in which thousands took to the streets outraged by Congress' decision to oust popular ex-President Martín Vizcarra. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Peruvians get 3rd president in a week amid cautious hopes

Nov. 17, 2020 8:30 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru swore in its third president in just over a week Tuesday in a televised ceremony that residents of the fraught South American country watched with both hope and skepticism after the worst constitutional crisis in two decades. Donning the red and white presidential sash, Francisco...

Minnesota grants key permits for Line 3 crude oil pipeline

Nov. 12, 2020 6:30 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators granted a stack of important permits and approvals Thursday for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, setting the long-delayed $2.6 billion project on the road toward beginning construction soon. The approvals from the...

Forecast: Fewer corn bushels to be harvested in Kansas

Nov. 10, 2020 5:08 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers are forecast to harvest 759 million bushels of corn this season, down 5% from last year's production, the government said Tuesday. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said in its monthly crop report that it expects fewer acres of corn will be harvested this...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., asks a question on Capitol Hill in Washington. The reelection defeat of Peterson in Minnesota and some key retirements mean a shakeup is coming for the industry on Capitol Hill, with power likely to shift from the Midwest to the South and the coasts. Both the House and Senate agriculture committees will get new chairs, and there will be a new top Republican on the House panel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Key departures signal agriculture shakeup for Capitol Hill

Nov. 10, 2020 4:59 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The reelection defeat of U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson in Minnesota and some key retirements mean a shakeup is coming for the industry on Capitol Hill, with power likely to shift from the Midwest to the South and the coasts. Both the House and Senate...

In this July 24, 2019, file photo, workers watch as a truck passes by stacks of shipping containers at a port in Yingkou in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. Authorities in China's rust-belt region are looking for support for its revival from Beijing's multibillion-dollar initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)

China tightens restrictions on Australian exports

Nov. 3, 2020 4:43 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China has stepped up trade restrictions against Australia, suspending imports of some timber and barley, the agriculture minister said Tuesday, amid tension over the coronavirus, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Chinese authorities also are delaying clearance for a $1.4 million...

200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

Oct. 27, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

SARDIS CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field. Sparkplug, a 60-year-old African spurred tortoise that lived in an enclosure in Etowah County, pushed its way out of the fenced...

Snowfall temporarily stalls fall harvest in Minnesota

Oct. 27, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The October snowfall has temporarily stalled Minnesota's fall harvest. Combines are quiet and corn is in limbo for now as farmers wait for dry, warmer temperatures. University of Minnesota Extension crop scientist Tom Hoverstad says that in his 40 years of work he doesn't remember a...

Rising temps will disproportionately affect Kansas farmers

Oct. 24, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Growing corn and soybeans will become increasingly challenging for Kansas farmers as the climate warms, according to a recent Kansas State University study. The study found that drought and heat are currently the biggest reason for crop yield losses and expect that these losses will...

Sunflower farmers expect biggest crop in 5 years

Oct. 22, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sunflower farmers in the U.S. are expected to produce their biggest crop in five years, and North Dakota farmers are expecting their best yield in history. The first sunflower production forecast for 2020 is 2.81 billion pounds, up 44% from 2019, according to the National Sunflower...