Latest Agriculture News

McDonald's expanding test of McPlant burger in US stores

Jan. 20, 2022 14:05 PM EST

McDonald’s is expanding sales of its meatless McPlant burger to hundreds of locations. The company said the McPlant __ which it co-developed with plant-based protein company Beyond Meat __ will be sold at 600 stores in the San Francisco and Dallas areas starting Feb. 14. ...

Baby orangutan being bottle-fed, which intrigues others

Jan. 19, 2022 17:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The endangered Sumatran orangutan infant at New Orleans' zoo is being bottle-fed because his mother wasn’t producing enough milk. The still unnamed baby was being tube-fed as well, but the tube was removed Jan. 13, Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Annie Kinler Matherne...

Impoverished Lebanese, Syrians struggle to survive cold

Jan. 19, 2022 13:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A snowstorm in the Middle East has left many Lebanese and Syrians scrambling to find ways to survive, burning old clothes, plastic and in some cases even sheep manure to keep warm as temperatures plummet and poverty soars. The storm, dubbed “Hiba” in Lebanon,...

Florida on pace for smallest orange crop in over 75 years

Jan. 19, 2022 11:13 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on pace to produce the smallest crop of oranges in more than 75 years, according to a forecast released this month. The Sunshine State is on pace to produce 44.5 million 90-pound boxes of oranges during the current season, according to a forecast...

Rehoboth Bay reopens to shellfish harvesting after spill

Jan. 19, 2022 08:53 AM EST

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials announced the reopening of the Rehoboth Bay to shellfish harvesting Tuesday after a 21-day emergency closure prompted by a spill of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater from a residential sewer line. The Department of Natural...

Learning to cook with plant-based 'meats'

Jan. 18, 2022 15:08 PM EST

It's that time of year when many people resolve to eat less meat. The “whys” are varied: sustainability and worry for the planet, health considerations, ethical concerns over the treatment of animals. One increasingly popular option is “plant-based meat,” which can be found...

Nebraska meatpacking worker dies after being hurt on the job

Jan. 16, 2022 18:15 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacking plant worker died after he was injured on the job. Grand Island police said 48-year-old Esteban Mantilla of Grand Island died at the hospital where he was taken after he was hurt Friday afternoon. Police and paramedics were called to...

For 'ice wine' vintners, frigid temps are reason to rejoice

Jan. 16, 2022 14:46 PM EST

OVID, N.Y. (AP) — While the vast majority of New Yorkers are hunkering down to ride out frigid temperatures and snow blasts from the latest winter storm, others are seizing on the opportunity to ... pick grapes? One Finger Lakes-area winemaker jokingly calls it “insanity,” but...

Swine fever in wild boars worries Italy's pork industry

Jan. 15, 2022 16:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The discovery of African swine fever in northern Italy has Italian pork producers fearing significant economic damage to a major agricultural export and has forced curtailing of the official seasons to hunt for game and to gather prized truffles. Earlier this month, a...

Aquaculture apprenticeship program taking shape in Maine

Jan. 15, 2022 10:48 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine science institute is working with the state's labor department to create an aquaculture apprenticeship program. There is an active aquaculture industry in Maine, where farmers grow oysters, mussels, seaweed and other seafood items. The Maine...