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North Dakota farmland purchase tied to Gates stirs emotion

Jun. 23, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The sale of a couple thousand acres of prime North Dakota farmland to a group tied to Bill Gates has stirred emotions over a Depression-era law meant to protect family farms and raised questions about whether the billionaire shares the state’s values. Gates is...

Jury awards $595,000 to Lummi tribe for salmon pen collapse

Jun. 22, 2022 23:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state jury on Wednesday awarded the Lummi Indian tribe $595,000 over the 2017 collapse of a net pen where Atlantic salmon were being raised — an event that elicited fears of damage to wild salmon runs and prompted the Legislature to ban the farming of the nonnative...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jun. 22, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 17, 2022. Editorial: Did climate change kill 2,000 Kansas cows? Farmers can’t afford to ignore science Extreme weather conditions that caused thousands of cattle to perish in Kansas feedlots this past weekend may or may not have been caused by...

Crowded education superintendent race highlights SC ballot

Jun. 11, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are the marquee races in South Carolina's primaries next week, but numerous candidates are also competing for seats in Congress and for the statewide roles of education superintendent, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. ...

Economist: Kentucky farm sector could set record receipts

Jun. 09, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky agriculture appears to be on a record pace to surpass $7 billion in cash receipts in 2022, bolstered by robust commodity prices that could reward farmers hit hard by rapidly rising production costs, an agricultural economist told state lawmakers Thursday. ...

Florida faces $1.2 million verdict for killing citrus trees

Jun. 08, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The owner of a commercial nursery has won a $1.2 million judgment against the Florida Department of Agriculture in the latest verdict against the state agency for destroying citrus trees in the 2000s during an attempt to stop the spread of costly tree diseases. ...

California lawmakers mull buying out farmers to save water

Jun. 06, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After decades of fighting farmers in court over how much water they can take out of California's rivers and streams, some state lawmakers want to try something different: use taxpayer money to buy out farmers. A proposal in the state Senate would spend up...

Records case leads to rare agreement among political rivals

Jun. 03, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An open-records case led to rare agreement Friday between the Kentucky Democratic Party and the state's Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron, in a legal dispute fraught with undertones related to next year’s governor’s race. Cameron's office...

Afghan Taliban launch campaign to eradicate poppy crop

Jun. 02, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

WASHIR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have begun a campaign to eradicate poppy cultivation, aiming to wipe out the country’s massive production of opium and heroin, even as farmers fear their livelihoods will be ruined at a time of growing poverty. On a recent...

Language to keep NC hemp industry going approved by Senate

May. 31, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's hemp industry would become permanently exempt from the state's controlled substances law in omnibus agricultural legislation approved unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday. The legislation differentiates marijuana, which would still remain...