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Forecast: Kansas farmers harvesting fewer bushels of wheat

Jul. 10, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers are harvesting fewer bushels of winter wheat this year, a government report released Friday shows. The latest forecast, based on crop conditions July 1, revises the government's earlier estimate downward to 307 million bushels in Kansas, according to the Agriculture...

Apple growers qualify for aid after challenging criteria

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that apple growers are now eligible for relief aid through a coronavirus food assistance program. The department revised its criteria so apple growers qualify for payments, saying they experienced a sales price loss of at least 5% when...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pose for a photo before participating in a roundtable discussion with Venezuelan exiles, in Miami. While President Donald Trump deals with his high-profile political difficulties in his high-profile ways, his Cabinet heads are fanning out to battleground states in November's presidential vote, trying to assure essential support blocs on all that the Trump administration is doing for them. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters

Jul. 5, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...

Migrants who are seeking seasonal work harvest fruits stand in a square in Lleida, Spain, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Authorities in northeast Spain have ordered the lockdown of a county around the city of Lleida due to worrying outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. Catalan regional authorities announced Saturday, July 4, 2020 that as of noon local time movement will be restricted to and from the county of El SegriĆ” around Lleida which is home to over 200,000 people. Residents will have until 4 p.m. to enter the area. The new outbreaks are linked to agricultural workers in the rural area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers

Jul. 4, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LLEIDA, Spain (AP) — In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so. As part of an army of cheap labor that follows the...

The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Court could end claims Nestle, Cargill abetted child labor

Jul. 2, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider ending a lawsuit that claims Nestle and Cargill facilitated the use of child slave labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a case that could further limit access to U.S. courts by victims of human rights abuses abroad. The justices said Thursday they will...

K-State researchers get $1M to improve wheat diversity

Jun. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist will get nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research designed to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. The Hutchinson News reports the research will focus on studying and cultivating a genetic species of wheat...

In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 photo, Dorchester County Career and Technology Center instructor Russell Henderson tosses an eggplant he just picked into a basket that agriculture student Mady Platt holds in Dorchester County, S.C. (Brad Nettles/The Post And Courier via AP)

SC students continue learning via farm work during pandemic

Jun. 27, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

DORCHESTER, S.C. (AP) — Some things can’t be taught online. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools statewide to shutter, hundreds of schools were forced to transition entirely to remote learning. But when the classroom is a 2-acre farm filled with thousands of pounds of produce waiting to be...