Latest Agriculture News

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 2:27 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

It's turkey time: Hampton farm gearing up for Thanksgiving

Nov. 12, 2019 1:25 PM EST

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Walking a dung-covered dirt road on his family's farm, Steve Hurd attracts his flock of 600 broad-breasted white turkeys, all waddling, gobbling and expecting some food. Hurd bought the birds at a hatchery when they were six weeks old and trucked them back to his heirloom farm, to feed...

No. 1 milk company declares bankruptcy amid drop in demand

Nov. 12, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Dean Foods, America's biggest milk processor, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday amid a decades-long drop-off in U.S. milk consumption blamed on changing trends and a growing variety of alternatives. The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands...

American Crystal ends Red River Valley sugar beet harvest

Nov. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar has already ended its fall sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley. KFGO-AM reports the Moorhead-based cooperative ended its harvest on Saturday. American Crystal has not released the number of acres that were not harvested. The co-op has five processing...

Salmon farm site plan altered because of archaeological site

Nov. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EST

BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) — A company that intends to create a salmon farm at a former mill site is altering the plan to avoid a 19th century farm identified during an archaeological survey. Arthur Spiess from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission said Whole Oceans will change the planned locations of an...

Hart running for US Senate

Nov. 11, 2019 7:36 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A woman who works to support refugee families in Sioux Falls says she's running as Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Clara Hart says the person who currently holds the seat, Sen. Mike Rounds, hasn't shown enough sympathy for struggling farmers in a state that relies on its...

West Virginians urged to watch for spotted lanternflies

Nov. 11, 2019 4:48 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians are being told to be on the lookout for an invasive insect. The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release that a small population of the spotted lanternfly was detected in the Eastern Panhandle community of Bunker Hill last month. The insects are...

Ky. Catholic facility to become addiction treatment center

Nov. 10, 2019 4:28 PM EST

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Kentucky plans to lease a retreat center to community groups for addiction treatment and recovery. News outlets report reports the Lexington diocese announced the move Friday involving the little-used Cliffview Retreat and Conference Center in Lancaster....

Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system

Nov. 10, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Every fall, heavy storms test Seward's antiquated flood-control system, leading to fears of a major disaster should it finally fail after nearly eight decades of diverting a fast-moving creek away from its historical route through town. Officials say a tunnel that carries flood...

Illinois legal aid group gets pesticides-related grant

Nov. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving an Illinois legal aid group $30,000 to educate farmworkers about and to do research on pesticides. The EPA said in a recent statement that the money going to Legal Aid Chicago will, among other things, help it survey corn-detasseling workers...