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FILE- In this Oct.5, 2014 file photo, a Sri Lankan Muslim man throws a bundle of grass to a calf at a livestock market on the eve of Eid al-Adha festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday that it will ban cattle slaughter, saying it would help the dairy industry and thereby save money used to purchase imported milk powder. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lanka government decides to ban cattle slaughter

Sep. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday that it will ban cattle slaughter, saying it would help the dairy industry and thereby save money used to purchase imported milk powder. But an analyst said the decision was politically motivated to please the Buddhist majority and would...

Wildfires in West affect wine grape harvest in Yakima Valley

Sep. 28, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Wine grape growers in Washington state have said grapes this year have a better flavor and color than previous years, but it is unclear how many can be salvaged from smoke damage from nearby wildfires. Yakima Valley farmers said their harvests are expected to come in below anticipated...

The crew on a lobster boat hauls traps at sunrise, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, off Portland, Maine. The state's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the season was unexpectedly decent. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lobster business salvaged its summer despite pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lobster fishermen braced for a difficult summer this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but then the unexpected happened. They kept catching lobsters, and people kept buying them. The pandemic has posed significant challenges for the state's lobster fishery, which is...

Arthur Lee, owner of MoVertical Farm, feeds his fish inside a shipping container in Yuen Long, Hong Kong's New Territories Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. After a career making the shipping containers that transport untold tons of freight around the world, Lee has stuck with the metal boxes in retirement, now by repurposing them as farming environments for raising crops and fish. Operating on a rented 1,000 square meter patch of wasteland in the Hong Kong's rural area, Lee's MoVertical Farm utilizes around 30 of the decommissioned containers to raise red water cress and other local vegetables hydroponically, which eliminates the need for soil. A few are also used as ponds for freshwater fish. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP PHOTOS: Former shipping container maker uses them to farm

Sep. 25, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — After a career making shipping containers that transport freight around the world, Arthur Lee has stayed with them in retirement, using them to raise crops and fish. Operating on a rented 1,000-square-meter (quarter-acre) patch of wasteland in Hong Kong's rural Yuen Long, Lee's MoVertical...

Cal Fire air tankers help stop the spread of a brush fire in Larkfield Calif, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend

Sep. 25, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, about a U.S. China trade agreement, accompanied by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, right. On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Sens. Wyden and Brown said the government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US senators demand action after AP exposes palm oil abuses

Sep. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Lawmakers said Friday that the U.S. government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden —who spearheaded...

Members of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) and activists of left parties and trade unions participate in a nationwide protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Hundreds of Indian farmers took to the streets on Friday protesting new laws that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments, but they fear these are likely to be exploited by private players for buying their crops cheaply. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Indian farmers protest, fear exploitation by private players

Sep. 25, 2020 5:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of Indian farmers took to the streets on Friday to protest new laws that the government says will boost growth in the agricultural sector through private investments. The protesting farmers fear they could be exploited by private players who buy their crops at cheap prices. The...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, work continues on the Iowa Premium Beef plant in Tama, Iowa. Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records released Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.  (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP, File)

Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak

Sep. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., as the Hennessey Fire burns. Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions. The resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Sep. 24, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...