Latest Agriculture News

Farmer keeps cows out of the creek to fight water pollution

May. 28, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

WIRTZ, Va. (AP) — The herd of Black Angus cows that approached Alex Hunt on his Franklin County farm, hoping for a handout of grain, seemed benevolent enough. But if left to freely roam 430 acres of fields and forest, the cattle would surely head for one of four creeks on the land....

Energy secretary: US offshore wind jobs should be union jobs

May. 28, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The growing offshore wind industry is often touted as a boon for job creation, but who will do the work? The U.S. energy secretary and Danish wind developer Orsted say they want American union workers to build offshore wind farms to dot the U.S. coastlines...

China's Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer

May. 27, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the U.S. and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of traditional American naval dominance. But China upped...

Mississippi State survey aims to increase passionfruit farms

May. 27, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi State University Extension Service researcher is hoping to help expand the niche for passionfruit growers. Demand is growing for the sweet, low-calorie tropical fruit, said Eric Stafnne, a fruit and nut specialist Eric Stafne at the extension...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

May. 27, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing...

Collins blocks NOAA appointment over whale rule objections

May. 27, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins halted a nominee's potential appointment to a federal post over objections to rules designed to protect rare whales. Collins cited new regulations on her state's lobster fishing industry that she described as “onerous.” The rules...

Russia slams sanctions, seeks to blame West for food crisis

May. 26, 2022 23:15 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Moscow pressed the West on Thursday to lift sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, seeking to shift the blame for a growing food crisis that has been worsened by Kyiv’s inability to ship millions of tons of grain and other agricultural products while under...

Live updates | Mayor: Some 1,500 killed in Sievierodonetsk

May. 26, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk is the center of fierce fighting in the east. Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk says it’s holding out even though a Russian reconnaissance and sabotage group went into a city hotel. Stryuk said at least 1,500 people have been killed in...

Lease terms for California offshore wind projects released

May. 26, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Biden administration has released the lease terms for offshore wind projects that would place hundreds of turbines in California's coastal waters — the first such project off the nation's Pacific coast. The two projects along the state's northern and...

Kaul to ask Republicans to OK nine environmental settlements

May. 26, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul is preparing to ask Republican lawmakers next week to sign off on nearly $400,000 in settlements to resolve multiple pollution cases. GOP legislators passed a law in 2018 just before Kaul took office that requires the...