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Ex-North Dakota grain trader signs plea deal in fraud scheme

Jun. 17, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota grain trader who became involved in the business shortly out of high school has signed a plea agreement on accusations he ran a multimillion dollar fraud scheme, according to federal court documents unsealed Monday. Authorities say Hunter Hanson, of Leeds, bilked...

'Like quicksand': Ohio farmer survives soybean entrapment

Jun. 15, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sea of shifting soybean kernels had risen to Jay Butterfield's knees inside a tall grain bin on his Ohio farm. "I knew I was in trouble then," the 70-year-old said. "Because it's just like being in quicksand or cement." Sometimes a job becomes so routine and familiar that...

Disaster declaration sought for Ohio farmers hurt by rain

Jun. 15, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is seeking federal aid for farmers who haven't been able to plant crops because of rain soaked fields. Gov. Mike DeWine's office said Friday he is seeking a disaster declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make affected farmers eligible for federal money. DeWine...

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. That's one example of the startling lack of...

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

Jun. 13, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions. Minnetonka-based Cargill is a major...

71-year-old man caught in grain bin dies in SE North Dakota

Jun. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

BRAMPTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern North Dakota say a 71-year-old man has died after getting caught in a grain bin. Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper says another farmer who was driving by noticed a running auger with no one around Wednesday. The farmer checked the bin and saw signs that...

Trump, Biden trade barbs amid dueling Iowa campaign visits

Jun. 11, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden spent Tuesday trading insults — sometimes almost simultaneously— as they stumped across Iowa in split-screen moments that could preview a ferocious fight ahead if the two face off for the presidency next year. The back...

Report: Forecast more optimistic for Kansas wheat harvest

Jun. 11, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report forecasts an even more bountiful winter wheat harvest in Kansas than had been expected. The National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday said the state's crop this year is forecast at 330 million bushels, up 19% from last year. The more optimistic...

USDA: Weather delay cuts corn crop to smallest in 4 years

Jun. 11, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its estimate of this year's corn crop to the lowest in four years, saying wet weather has delayed planting and reduced acres planted and the expected per-acre yield. The expected production was cut in a monthly report released Tuesday...

Indiana farmers make planting progress but still behind pace

Jun. 11, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana farmers made a lot of progress this past week in crop planting even as constant spring rains leave them far behind normal. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows 67% percent of Indiana's expected corn crop is now planted. That's more than double the 31% as of June 2...