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Michigan expects lowest corn, soybean harvest in over decade

Nov. 28, 2019 9:40 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers’ production is expected to take a steep hit this year, with state officials pointing to rain as the reason corn and soybeans are recording the lowest production numbers in over 10 years. Corn production in Michigan is projected to plummet to its lowest numbers in 15...

‘Booby traps’ found in central Minnesota farm field

Nov. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EST

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota say someone left “booby traps” in a farmer’s field apparently meant to damage farm equipment. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says a farmer near Cedar Mills on Monday reported minor damage to a combine after a chain was drawn...

Whooping cranes return to Alabama national wildlife refuge

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Some migratory whooping cranes from Wisconsin are back at a national wildlife refuge in Alabama. For the second year in a row, a wild-hatched crane known as W7-17 was the first to arrive on the 670-mile (1,080-kilometer) flight southward to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, the International Crane...

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

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 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...

Propane suppliers struggle to meet rural demands amid chill

Nov. 6, 2019 11:58 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A late harvest, wet grain and the fall chill have combined to multiply demand for propane in Iowa and other states, according to agriculture and propane industry officials. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig told The Des Moines Register that the demand on the supply system during...

Bringing the world's buried wetlands back from the dead

Nov. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HINDOLVESTON, England (AP) — The ghosts are all around the gently rolling farmlands of eastern England. But you have to know where to look. These are not the kind of phantoms that scare or haunt — they are ghost ponds. Over the years, landowners buried them, filling in wetlands so they had more land...

Wisconsin GOP targets ag secretary in latest spat with Evers

Nov. 4, 2019 6:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Senate on Monday was preparing the extraordinary step of rejecting a governor-appointed Cabinet secretary, the latest flash point in a series of ongoing tensions that began even before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers took office in January. Senators have...

Rural Minnesota school districts target farmers for projects

Nov. 3, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Thalmann climbed down from his combine on a recent Tuesday afternoon for a quick photo op before starting in on a new field of corn. As he'd explained over the phone the day before while out harvesting, he's working long days to make up for lost time. Farmers are scrambling to...

Ukraine's plan to sell farmland raises fears of foreigners

Oct. 31, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

NEBELYTSIA, Ukraine (AP) — Most of Ukraine's rich farmland is carved up into small plots owned by about 7 million people, like Tetiana Petrovych, the postmistress in this village west of the capital. They own the land but can't sell it. Ukraine, which is one of the top grain exporters in the world and...

New York City lawmakers pass bill banning sale of foie gras

Oct. 30, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that bans restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose considered a culinary delicacy for centuries. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would forbid the sale of...