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In this July 14, 2019 photo, 35-year-old Mohammed Eissa, an Ethiopian farmer and other migrants he met along the way, take shelter inside a damaged shipping container on the side of a highway, near Lac Assal, Djibouti. Over the past three years, the IOM reported 9,000 Ethiopians were deported each month. Many migrants have made the journey multiple times in what has become an unending loop of arrivals and deportations. Eissa is among them. This is his third trip to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Migrants cross Yemen war zone to find work in Saudi Arabia

Feb. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EST

LAC ASSAL, Djibouti (AP) — “Patience,” Mohammed Eissa told himself. He whispered it every time he felt like giving up. The sun was brutal, reflecting off the thick layer of salt encrusting the barren earth around Lac Assal, a lake 10 times saltier than the ocean. Nothing grows here. Birds are...

Field of dreams: Marriage proposal shows up on Google Maps

Feb. 12, 2020 8:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German man's marriage proposal got a bigger audience than he had planned, after it showed up on an aerial picture used by Google Maps. The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that 32-year-old part-time farmer Steffen Schwarz used a machine to plant a field of corn in such a way that...

Missouri Ag agency has backlog of dicamba drift complaints

Feb. 10, 2020 1:14 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri agriculture officials asking for funding to hire more staff to address a backlog of nearly 600 complaints from farmers who claim dicamba-based herbicide drift has damaged their crops. The Missouri Department of Agriculture last week asked state lawmakers for money to...

A farmer looks back as she walks through swarms of desert locusts feeding on her crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that haven't seen such numbers in a quarter-century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

Jan. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in...

President Donald Trump speaks about proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump to promote trade deals in Sunday speech to US farmers

Jan. 13, 2020 1:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will highlight his policies on trade and domestic energy in a speech to U.S. farmers next week, the White House announced Monday. Trump is scheduled to address the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention on Jan. 19 in Austin, Texas. It will be his third...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up after arriving for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, is pictured in foreground. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump says he'll sign first-step China trade deal on Jan. 15

Dec. 31, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, adding that he will visit Beijing at a later date to open another round of talks aimed at resolving other sticking points in the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialists Anthony Rinaldi, James Denaro and Gregg Maloney, left to right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 27. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks nearly flat; S&P 500 notches 5th weekly gain

Dec. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EST

Major U.S. stock indexes ended essentially flat Friday after a day of mostly listless trading. Even so, the S&P 500 closed out the week with its fifth straight weekly gain. The benchmark index squeaked out a tiny gain that was good enough for its 35th record high this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global markets mostly higher amid trade optimism

Dec. 27, 2019 8:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets moved mostly higher on Friday amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving and on early reports that online Christmas shopping was up over last year in the U.S. European markets rose in midday trading and Wall Street was primed for more gains after...

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, visitors walk by U.S. soybean companies' booths at the international soybean exhibition in Shanghai, China. President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies. Yet skeptics are questioning how much China has committed to buy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

Dec. 26, 2019 10:54 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies....

Survey of Plains, Western bankers shows waning rural economy

Dec. 21, 2019 10:19 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers indicates a waning economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, and weak farm income is hurting producers' ability to borrow money from banks. The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows its overall index fell to to 50.2 this month from 54.2 in...