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Bankers report strong growth in rural parts of 10 states

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong economic growth continues in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states even though business continues to lag behind the level it was at before the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a new monthly survey of bankers. The overall index for...

South African youth project pays tribute to Prince Philip

Apr. 15, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

ORANGE FARM, South Africa (AP) — Young South Africans enthusiastically performed Zulu dancing and traditional African music as part of the lessons provided by the Jabulile Arts and Culture Society in the poor Orange Farm township, 45 kilometers (28 miles) outside Johannesburg. ...

Patience: In a major home project, the joy is in the work

Apr. 15, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

CASTELBUONO, Sicily (AP) — When my wife and I bought a hectare (about 2.5 acres) of countryside with three buildings on it in the mountains of Sicily four years ago, I didn’t expect – or want – the work to be done quickly. Little did I know it would become what feels like a lifetime...

Review: A book celebrating Black American farming history

Apr. 14, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

"We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers Land and Legacy,” by Natalie Baszile (Amistad) Farming would seem to be one occupation that Black Americans could find refuge from discrimination. Consumers choose their fruits and veggies by their...

Swap the crop? New York hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana

Apr. 14, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legal marijuana is coming to New York and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline. Farmers dealing with depressed prices for plants that produce CBD are eager to take part in a statewide marijuana market expected to generate...

Farmer: Vidalia onions could be smaller, a bit pricier

Apr. 11, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's signature sweet onions may be a little smaller and a little more expensive this year. Vidalia onions are scheduled to begin shipping on April 19, arriving in stores in the following days. Farmer Aries Haygood told...

Duke Energy division planning $180M Indiana solar farm

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A division of Duke Energy that develops renewable energy projects plans to build a $180 million solar farm in western Indiana that would produce enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The Hoosier Jack Solar farm proposed by Duke Energy...

Policy changes help drive US migrant crossings to new highs

Apr. 09, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Paying a smuggler, Edgar Mejia could afford to take only one child with him to the United States. He chose his 3-year-old “warrior” son, leaving his 7- and 12-year-olds with their mother in Honduras. “Pitifully, I had use him like a...

Poor rains bring optimism African locust outbreak will fade

Apr. 08, 2021 04:24 AM EDT

BARAKA, Kenya (AP) — In a convoy of pickup trucks fitted with spray guns, soldiers zoom through Baraka' s hills leaving a trail of dust and bemused villagers in its wake. The vehicles brake when the soldiers see the enemy: billions of invading desert locusts that have...

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

Apr. 07, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to...