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Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints...

South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever

Sep. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. Officials were planning to cull some 5,000 pigs raised at a farm in the...

China releases stockpiled pork to cool price surge

Sep. 18, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The price of pork, China's staple meat, has soared almost 50% from a year ago due to a devastating outbreak of African swine fever...

Vermont dairy farmers reminded of price protection deadline

Sep. 18, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's congressional delegation is reminding the state's dairy farmers about an upcoming deadline to sign up for a program that will help them when milk prices are low. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, also a Democratic, say...

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Sep. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...

Arkansas panel approves new rules for dicamba's use in 2020

Sep. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has approved new rules for the use of an herbicide that has drawn complaints from farmers who say it has drifted onto their crops and caused damage. The Plant Board on Tuesday approved an amended rule for the use of dicamba for the 2020 growing season. The rule...

Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks

Sep. 17, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place more animal inspection and food safety tasks with company employees. The first significant processing rule...

Missouri law governing corporate farms now in effect

Sep. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new Missouri law that shields large farms from local health regulations is now in effect, but opponents say the fight is far from over. Cole County Judge Daniel Green earlier this month set aside a temporary restraining order that was imposed days earlier. A lawsuit over the law is...

Officials say wildfire burning near Layton is 10% contained

Sep. 17, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a wind-fueled wildfire in foothills east of Layton is now 10% contained. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kim Osborn said Tuesday morning that the fire has grown to about 365 acres (148 hectares) amid high winds in foothills east of Layton near the smaller city of Fruit...

Local beef production to grow with new company Hawaii Meats

Sep. 17, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii farmer has announced plans to expand beef production statewide after forming a new partnership, officials said. Kauai rancher Bobby Farias established Hawaii Meats with an Idaho ranch operator as part of a separation from Kunoa Cattle Company, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...