Latest Agriculture News

Silicon Valley-backed voter plan for a new California city won't be on the November ballot after all

Jul. 22, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley-backed initiative to build a green city for up to 400,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area on land now zoned for agriculture won't be on the Nov. 5 ballot after all, officials said Monday. The California Forever campaign qualified for...

The “greenhouse effect”: How an oft-touted climate solution threatens agricultural workers

Jul. 17, 2024 10:28 AM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — To harvest tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, to clip herbs, to prune and propagate succulents, people work in oppressive heat and humidity. Some wring out shirts soaked with sweat. Some contend with headaches, dizziness and nausea. Some collapse. Some hover on the brink of...

Takeaways from AP story on dangerous heat threats to greenhouse workers

Jul. 17, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Many farms, from vertical farming startups to traditional specialty crop growers, are marketing greenhouses as a way to shelter crops from climate extremes. But overlooked are the experiences of workers inside, who may swelter under high heat and humidity. The...

Hawaii ag agency won’t get all the money slated for pest management after all

Jul. 16, 2024 12:44 PM EDT

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green last week slashed $10 million from the Department of Agriculture’s budget aimed at limiting the spread of invasive species. Green said the agency likely couldn’t spend the money before it lapsed because the agency didn’t have the staffing to effectively...

A sweet, native and nutritious snack from the garden? Look no further than blueberries

Jul. 16, 2024 07:34 AM EDT

I’ve been growing dwarf blueberries for three years, and my plants are covered in green fruits right now. Deliciously sweet and rich in fiber, manganese, potassium, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants, the berries are native to North America and can be grown throughout most of the continent. ...

Indonesia's massive metals build-out is felling the forest for batteries

Jul. 15, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

LELILEF SAWAI, Indonesia (AP) — On a steep trek up to his forest farm on the Indonesian island of Halmahera, Librek Loha let out a cry of dismay. “Aduuuuh,” he said, his voice trailing off. “Landslides, again. They happen all the time now.” The mudslide...

After Beryl, Houston-area farmers pull together to face unique challenges

Jul. 14, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

PORTER, Texas (AP) — Hurricanes cause trouble for everyone, but farmers have a whole other list of problems. Beryl has been no exception: Over the past week, the storm damaged crops, soaked rabbits and chickens, terrified goats, put horses at risk of developing colic and left cows...

Increasingly popular 'parametric insurance' helps farmers and others hit hard by extreme weather

Jul. 12, 2024 09:41 AM EDT

MINDANAO, Philippines (AP) — Joemar Flores, a spindly 28-year-old, gestured across his family’s farmland, nestled between a steep hill and a river, and expressed gratitude for the rice paddies in the distance. They’re still there, producing food and an income for him, thanks in...

Wind power expansion meets grassroots resistance in Brazil's Northeast

Jul. 11, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

QUEIMADA NOVA, Brazil (AP) — Cousins Nilson José dos Santos and Geremias da Cruz dos Anjos grew up together in neighboring rural communities in Brazil's impoverished Northeast. The ruggedness of the land here and recurring drought make it unsuitable for the commercial farming that has...

Pongamia trees grow where citrus once flourished, offering renewable energy and plant-based protein

Jul. 08, 2024 13:58 PM EDT

An ancient tree from India is now thriving in groves where citrus trees once flourished in Florida, and could help provide the nation with renewable energy. As large parts of the Sunshine State’s once-famous citrus industry have all but dried up over the past two decades because of...