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Police checking whether Indiana dairy farm abuse was coerced

Jun. 19, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says investigators are looking into whether an animal rights group worker coerced employees at a large northwestern Indiana dairy farm into the abuse of young calves that was captured on undercover video. Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski says a witness has...

Sheriff: Farmer apparently trampled to death by livestock

Jun. 19, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a farmer in western Minnesota has died after he was trampled by his livestock. Forty-one-year-old Craig Thoennes was found dead near a bull and two cows on Saturday at his farm southwest of Parkers Prairie. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says...

North Carolina Senate passes bill expanding hemp industry

Jun. 17, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation designed to further develop North Carolina's fast-growing hemp industry, increase agritourism and make overhauling open-air waste storage systems easier for industrial-scale hog farms passed the state Senate on Monday. The legislature's wide-ranging annual Farm Act passed...

Enrollment opens for dairy farm insurance program

Jun. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont dairy farmers can now sign up for an improved insurance program to help them when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reaches a certain level. The new insurance program was created as part of the 2018 farm bill. Vermont officials had expressed concern last winter that...

Milk production ending in 2 Upper Peninsula counties

Jun. 15, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The closure of two dairy farms in the Upper Peninsula will end commercial milk production in two counties. The Johnson Dairy Farm in Baraga County stopped production last week, and the owners of Rolling Acres farm in Houghton County expect to sell all of their milking cows...

Rural county in uproar over new large-scale feedlot law

Jun. 15, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — Many residents of a rural southwestern Missouri county are critical of a state law that restricts how much local authorities can regulate industrial feedlots and say they feel betrayed by their local representatives who backed the legislation. Speakers at a community meeting Wednesday...

Wisconsin dairy farmer facing unstable market sells herd

Jun. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

WESTBY, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Dunnum had tears in his eyes as he looked over the empty milking parlor that he built. It hadn't been used since the end of April, when he decided enough was enough and sold most of his herd. The weight of dairy market volatility started to feel overwhelming in January, he said,...

Divide grows among central Missouri agriculture producers

Jun. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MEXICO, Mo. (AP) — On Becker Family Farms in central Audrain County, the transition of ownership from one generation to another two years ago was also the time to specialize in crop production. With their uncle retiring, Ross Becker and his brother Thad Becker were faced with the choice of maintaining the...

Arkansas reaches deal to shutter hog farm near Buffalo River

Jun. 13, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Operators of a large hog farm near the Buffalo River that's drawn concern about its potential impact on the watershed have agreed to shut down their facility in exchange for $6.2 million from the state and a private group, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday....

Dartmouth class researches college's relationship to farming

Jun. 13, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — When Matthew Garcia's "Food History" class set out to document the history of agriculture at Dartmouth College, they got wind of a long-circulating tale about cows grazing on the college green in its early days. "Then we were in hot pursuit of evidence," Garcia said last week, standing...