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Michigan farmers, lawmakers seek tariff on Turkish cherries

Dec. 8, 2019 10:58 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers' ability to compete. Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the U.S. Commerce...

Judge: South Carolina hemp farmer's crop must be protected

Dec. 7, 2019 2:17 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge is allowing a South Carolina hemp farmer arrested after authorities said he grew the crop in unregistered fields to harvest some of his crop and put the money in a trust as he awaits trial. The State Law Enforcement Division destroyed 10 acres (4 hectares) of John Pendarvis'...

8 new Tennessee sites added to historic places register

Dec. 7, 2019 1:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bank, a farm and a fallout shelter are among eight Tennessee sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission said in a news release Thursday that the eight properties have been deemed cultural resources worthy of preservation....

Wyoming governor requests disaster help for beet farmers

Dec. 7, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is asking for a federal disaster declaration to help farmers affected by cold weather in October. Two cold spells with warm weather in between harmed sugar beet crops in northern and southeastern Wyoming. The first cold spell halted sugar beet growth. Ensuing...

Firefighters battle hot spots at Georgia peanut warehouse

Dec. 5, 2019 7:50 PM EST

DOUGLAS, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters continued to battle hot spots at a south Georgia peanut warehouse on Thursday, more than a day after the blaze began. Coffee County Fire Chief Steve Carver told The Associated Press that firefighters arrived at the warehouse in Douglas to find flames leaping through the...

Trade-related relief payments cushion some Kentucky farmers

Dec. 5, 2019 1:30 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — International trade uncertainty looms over Kentucky's farm economy, which was able to maintain stable income levels with a boost from government relief payments offered to farmers hit hard by low commodity prices caused by the trade conflict with China, agricultural economists said...

Woman sent to prison for selling drugs at 'meth farm'

Dec. 5, 2019 7:59 AM EST

BUTTERNUT, Wis. (AP) — A woman will spend more than five years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine from a rural property in northern Wisconsin known as the 'meth farm.' Becky Peterson, 64, conspired with Mark Moore to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at a farm near Butternut in...

Senator: Trade hurting Maine blueberries, farmers need help

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator says the state's blueberry growers need help from the federal government to survive the Trump administration's trade battle with China. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the value of Maine's wild blueberry exports to China are on pace to drop by nearly 97%...

North Platte leaders move to add vaping, e-cigarettes to ban

Dec. 4, 2019 9:23 AM EST

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — The central Nebraska city of North Platte is moving to add vaping and e-cigarettes to its public no-smoking ban. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give first-round approval to ban alternative nicotine products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to its...

Louisiana farmers get $180M in federal aid for tariff losses

Dec. 2, 2019 5:30 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s farmers have collected more than $180 million from President Donald Trump’s multibillion-dollar bailout package for farmers hurt by the United States’ trade war with China. The Advocate reports that U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show more...