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New Mexico forecast to lead US in pecan production in 2019

Oct. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is expected to lead the U.S. in pecan production this year as growers prepare for the upcoming harvest. The U.S. Agriculture Department's statistics service says production in the Southwest state is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds (nearly 44,000 metric tons)....

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

Oct. 6, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who...

Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story

Sep. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield,...

Oregon agricultural exports hit hard by US-China trade war

Sep. 26, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

MARQUAM, Ore. (AP) — Rancher Jerome Rosa sat in his mud-spattered pickup truck, glumly watching some of his cows resting on a grassy slope in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Rosa, the executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, told state lawmakers a few days earlier about the disruptions...

Caltech gets $750M pledge for sustainability research

Sep. 26, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The California Institute of Technology said Thursday it has received a pledge of $750 million from philanthropists and entrepreneurs Stewart and Lynda Resnick to support research into environmental sustainability in the face of climate change. The commitment is the largest ever for...

Senators press Trump administration on India pecan tariff

Sep. 26, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's U.S. senators want the Trump administration to defend the state's pecan growers from tariffs during ongoing trade negotiations with India. U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, both Democrats, recently signed on to a bipartisan letter from 12 senators urging U.S....

Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa

Aug. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique (AP) — A wiry woman, Querida Barequinha intently sorts through the coffee beans laid out on racks to dry in the sun, plucking out any that are cracked or misshapen. "I like growing coffee because it earns cash that goes right into my pocket," she said, with a darting smile. "I...