Latest Agriculture News

Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa

Aug. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique (AP) — A wiry woman, Querida Barequinha intently sorts through the coffee beans laid out on racks to dry in the sun, plucking out any that are cracked or misshapen. "I like growing coffee because it earns cash that goes right into my pocket," she said, with a darting smile. "I...

Correction: Alaska-Salmon Hatcheries story

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and rainbow trout in 2018 was 1.8 billion fish, with pink salmon...

Judge pauses new Missouri law on large farm regulations

Aug. 20, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new Missouri law that sought to shield large hog, poultry and cattle farms from stringent local health rules. Cole County Presiding Judge Patricia Joyce's action means the measure won't take effect as scheduled on Aug. 28. Critics of the...

Labor leader Dolores Huerta arrested in worker demonstration

Aug. 20, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dolores Huerta, a social activist and labor leader who marched with Cesar Chavez, was arrested Tuesday along with seven other union members during a protest to demand a raise for Fresno county home care workers. Sheriff deputies put Huerta and the others in plastic handcuffs and...

Woman dies in Spain as listeria-in-pork outbreak sickens 114

Aug. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Health authorities in Spain are on high alert after a 90-year-old woman died amid a listeria outbreak in the southern region of Andalusia that has affected more than 110 people. José Miguel Cisneros, director of the infectious disease department at Seville's Virgen del Rocío...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Feedlot closes after controversy over expansion plans

Aug. 19, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri cattle feedlot that fought for more than a year to add thousands of cattle to its operation announced Monday that it is closing immediately because of the financial and public relations costs of battling opponents, including many of its neighbors and a nearby...

Philippines: Still-unknown disease prompts culling of pigs

Aug. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine agriculture chief said Monday that an unspecified number of pigs has died or been culled in backyard farms in recent weeks and a crisis team has been established to try to contain the still-unidentified disease causing the swine deaths. Agriculture Secretary...

St. Louis business rents goats to eat overgrown foilage

Aug. 18, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County woman has opened a local franchise of a business that rents out goats to clear weed- or foliage-infested property. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Erika Streeter, 47, of Wildwood, opened the first Goats on the Go affiliate in the St. Louis area in late spring....

Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term

Aug. 16, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant orchestrated a...