Latest Grain farming News

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...

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...

Farmers file antitrust lawsuit against big ag companies

Apr. 05, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of farmers has filed an antitrust case against several big agricultural companies, contending the companies worked together to ban e-commerce sales in order to keep prices artificially high. The farmers are seeking class-action status and...

Biodegradable plastic maker plans $700M Georgia factory

Mar. 29, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

A southwest Georgia company announced Monday that it will spend $700 million to build a factory to produce biodegradable packaging for the world's largest candy makers and others. Danimer Scientific, based in Bainbridge, Georgia, said it would start construction next year...

Pilot project will test method to increase oil production

Mar. 29, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A pilot project in North Dakota is testing whether sending a substance with the consistency of maple syrup down oil wells will help increase production. The process involves combining so-called biosurfactant with water and pumping the mixture into...

Bill aimed at troubled Nebraska ethanol plant advances

Mar. 25, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would bar ethanol plants from using chemically treated seed corn to make their product in response to a small-town facility that's facing heavy criticism and a lawsuit for repeated environmental violations....

Ex-Sioux City ag co-op officer gets prison for fraud scheme

Mar. 25, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A second former officer at a northwest Iowa agriculture cooperative has been sentenced to federal prison for a grain-blending fraud scheme. Kenneth Ehrp was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison after pleading guilty in November to one...

Lebanese are gripped by worry as economic meltdown speeds up

Mar. 19, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shops closing, companies going bankrupt and pharmacies with shelves emptying — in Lebanon these days, fistfights erupt in supermarkets as shoppers scramble to get to subsidized powdered milk, rice and cooking oil. Like almost every other Lebanese,...

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of US

Mar. 18, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government’s spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened. Weather service and agriculture officials warned of...

Bankers survey for parts of 10 states rockets to record high

Mar. 18, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states appears to be on record pace, according to a monthly survey of bankers released Thursday that saw individual indicators soar and the overall index rocket to its highest reading since the survey began in 2006. ...