Latest Agriculture News

After Beryl, Houston-area farmers pull together to face unique challenges

Jul. 14, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

PORTER, Texas (AP) — Hurricanes cause trouble for everyone, but farmers have a whole other list of problems. Beryl has been no exception: Over the past week, the storm damaged crops, soaked rabbits and chickens, terrified goats, put horses at risk of developing colic and left cows...

Increasingly popular 'parametric insurance' helps farmers and others hit hard by extreme weather

Jul. 12, 2024 09:41 AM EDT

MINDANAO, Philippines (AP) — Joemar Flores, a spindly 28-year-old, gestured across his family’s farmland, nestled between a steep hill and a river, and expressed gratitude for the rice paddies in the distance. They’re still there, producing food and an income for him, thanks in...

Wind power expansion meets grassroots resistance in Brazil's Northeast

Jul. 11, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

QUEIMADA NOVA, Brazil (AP) — Cousins Nilson José dos Santos and Geremias da Cruz dos Anjos grew up together in neighboring rural communities in Brazil's impoverished Northeast. The ruggedness of the land here and recurring drought make it unsuitable for the commercial farming that has...

Pongamia trees grow where citrus once flourished, offering renewable energy and plant-based protein

Jul. 08, 2024 13:58 PM EDT

An ancient tree from India is now thriving in groves where citrus trees once flourished in Florida, and could help provide the nation with renewable energy. As large parts of the Sunshine State’s once-famous citrus industry have all but dried up over the past two decades because of...

Kenya's dramatic flooding sweeps away a central part of the economy: Its farms

Jul. 07, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) — With dismay, Martha Waema and her husband surveyed their farm that was submerged by weeks of relentless rainfall across Kenya. Water levels would rise to shoulder height after only a night of heavy downpour. The couple had expected a return of 200,000...

Untreated water tied to salmonella outbreak in cucumbers that sickened 450 people in US

Jul. 02, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

Untreated water used by a Florida cucumber grower is one likely source of salmonella food poisoning that sickened nearly 450 people across the U.S. this spring, federal health officials said Tuesday. But that grower doesn't account for all of the cucumber-related illnesses and 125...

Keep your kettle whistling all year round by growing your own tea plants

Jul. 02, 2024 09:11 AM EDT

The typical backyard food grower is familiar with planting greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs, berries and other staples, plus perhaps a few exotic crops that are difficult to find at the grocery store. Beverages, however, aren’t usually at the top of their lists. I’ve...

Struggling with falling demand for farm equipment, Deere & Co. announces nearly 600 layoffs

Jul. 01, 2024 11:02 AM EDT

Deere & Co. is laying off nearly 600 workers as the farm equipment manufacturer deals with declining demand. Deere confirmed Monday that the production positions being cut are concentrated at two factories in Iowa and one at its home base in Moline, Illinois, where 280 employees...

'Lab-grown' meat maker hosts Miami tasting party as Florida ban goes into effect

Jun. 30, 2024 04:25 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As Florida's ban on "lab-grown” meat is set to go into effect next week, one manufacturer hosted a last hurrah — at least for now — with a cultivated meat-tasting party in Miami. California-based Upside Foods hosted dozens of guests Thursday evening at a rooftop...

Water-rich Gila River tribe near Phoenix flexes its political muscles in a drying West

Jun. 26, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

SACATON, Arizona (AP) — Stephen Roe Lewis grew up seeing stacks of legal briefs at the dinner table — often, about his tribe's water. His father, the late Rodney Lewis, was general counsel for the Gila River Indian Community and fought for the tribe's rights to water in the...