Latest Agriculture News

Why I love my CSA (it's more than the weekly box of fresh produce)

May. 28, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

I might never have fallen in love with kohlrabi had I not joined a CSA. Signing up for a Community-Supported Agriculture program means getting a box of produce from local farms every week or two. It's a way to take advantage of summer's bounty, discover new fruits and vegetables, and...

Mexico's poorest receiving less government funds under president who brought poor to the fore

May. 24, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador swept into office nearly six years ago with a simple motto laying out his administration’s priorities: “For the good of all, first the poor.” His administration scrapped a host of existing social programs and...

Farmers in India are weary of politicians' lackluster response to their climate-driven water crisis

May. 23, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

BEED, India (AP) — On a stifling hot day this May, farm worker Shobha Londhe is reminded of the desperate conditions that led her husband to take his own life. It's the hottest and driest summer in years, she said, and for farm workers that often means little to no income, rising debts and...

Vermont governor vetoes bill to restrict pesticide that is toxic to bees, saying it's anti-farmer

May. 21, 2024 12:53 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill to severely restrict a type of pesticide that’s toxic to bees and other pollinators, saying the legislation “is more anti-farmer than it is pro-pollinator.” The bill would have banned uses of...

Corn, millet and ... rooftop solar? Farm family’s newest crop shows China’s solar ascendancy

May. 20, 2024 21:10 PM EDT

JINAN, China (AP) — Shi Mei and her husband earn a decent enough living by growing corn and millet on their small farm in eastern China's Shandong province. In 2021, they diversified by investing in solar energy — signing a contract to mount some 40 panels on their roof to feed energy to the...

Hometown of Laura Ingalls Wilder set for a growth spurt

May. 20, 2024 17:11 PM EDT

DE SMET, S.D. (AP) — A rural South Dakota county known mainly as the former home of beloved author Laura Ingalls Wilder is on the precipice of rapid growth as two record-setting agricultural processing plants are proposed for the area. If the planned projects — the state’s...

Companies are trying to attract more smartphone users across Africa. But there are risks

May. 19, 2024 02:20 AM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Anita Akpeere prepared fried rice in her kitchen in Ghana's capital as a flurry of notifications for restaurant orders lit up apps on her phone. “I don’t think I could work without a phone in my line of business,” she said, as requests came in for her signature dish, a...

English fishing village told to boil water after a parasite outbreak sickens over 45 people

May. 17, 2024 14:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A scenic fishing village in southwestern England was under instructions to boil its tap water for a third day on Friday after a parasite sickened more than 45 people in the latest example of Britain's troubled water system. Around 16,000 homes and businesses in the...

Deere Q2 results top Street but it cuts 2024 profit outlook again as farmers buy fewer tractors

May. 16, 2024 08:36 AM EDT

Deere's fiscal second-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations, but the company lowered its full-year profit forecast for a second time as farmers buy fewer tractors and other equipment as they deal with declining prices for their crops. Deere, which makes agricultural...

Mining giant Anglo American to break up its sprawling business as it tries to fend off takeover

May. 14, 2024 17:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mining giant Anglo American PLC plans to break up its sprawling worldwide business — including spinning off the DeBeers diamond operation — as it seeks to fend off a takeover and focus on minerals that are expected to boom amid the global shift to green energy. ...