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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...

Former grain trader gets 8 years in prison for $11M scam

Nov. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota grain trader who admitted to bilking farmers, elevators and commodity brokers out of millions of dollars was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who imposed the prison sentence, also ordered Hunter Hanson to pay...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

High-tech chestnuts: US to consider genetically altered tree

Nov. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they're marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature. In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college experiment...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 2:40 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The Index-Journal on staying alert while driving: All the myriad days, weeks and months designated for this or that cause or awareness campaign might be enough to make you cross-eyed, but some should make you bolt upright and think about the message....

US business sees dwindling prospects in Cuba

Nov. 6, 2019 1:22 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Havana International Trade Fair is where Cuba puts the best face on its struggling economy. There are state-run restaurants stocked with fresh food; shiny displays of electric motorcycles from traders in Panama; dozens of Cuban government companies offering goods from cigars to farmed...

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...