Latest Agriculture News

Rural voters 'in the trenches' on climate, leery of Biden

Dec. 10, 2022 00:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Drought in California meant Raquel Krach, a rice farmer and graduate student in the Sacramento Valley, planted very little. Using groundwater, she and her husband planted 75 acres this year to maintain their markets. The rest of the 200 acres she typically sows remained empty due...

USDA: Florida orange crop down 36% after twin hurricanes

Dec. 09, 2022 14:09 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Production of oranges in Florida this season is forecast to be down 36% from earlier estimates, in part a reflection of twin hurricanes that battered growing regions, according to U.S. Agriculture Department figures released Friday. The latest forecast...

Oregon port must spend $200M on water quality controls

Dec. 07, 2022 17:19 PM EST

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — A port along the Columbia River in northeast Oregon will spend up to $200 million during the next four years to better treat and store wastewater used to irrigate farms, under a modified state permit issued last month. The investment by the Port of Morrow...

State files criminal charges against Wisconsin dairy farm

Dec. 07, 2022 09:43 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State prosecutors filed criminal charges against a Kewaunee farmer, agronomist and hauler who allegedly illegally dumped nearly 3 million gallons of excess manure that washed into tributaries of Lake Michigan. All three defendants are charged with felony counts...

Mississippi grain company's ex-CEO indicted on fraud charges

Dec. 06, 2022 19:08 PM EST

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The former leader of a Mississippi grain storage and processing company has been indicted on federal and state charges, more than a year after the company filed for bankruptcy, prosecutors said Tuesday. John R. Coleman, 46, of Greenwood, Mississippi, is the...

$400M soybean crushing plant planned near Grand Forks

Dec. 06, 2022 16:23 PM EST

GRAND FORKS. N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota company has announced plans to build a $400 million soybean crushing plant north of Grand Forks. Red Wing-based Epitome Energy LLC said the plant could process up to 42 million bushels of soybeans annually. The company said the...

Farmers of color sue government for promised federal aid

Dec. 06, 2022 11:22 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has illegally broken a promise to pay off the debts of a group of Black farmers, according to a class-action lawsuit. The group hopes to put pressure on officials to keep their word and to restore funding that was dropped after a group of white...

Christmas tree sellers feel effects of New Mexico wildfire

Dec. 06, 2022 10:03 AM EST

MORA, N.M. (AP) — The Monday after Thanksgiving, Deanna Trujillo stood in the bed of her truck, watching Christmas tree after Christmas tree pile up in her trailer. There were 101 in total — Trujillo, who sells Mora-grown Christmas trees every year, has to keep careful count for...

EU agrees deal to ban products which fuel deforestation

Dec. 06, 2022 07:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers and governments reached a deal Tuesday that would ban the import of products which contribute to deforestation around the world. The preliminary agreement, which still needs to be formally adopted by the EU parliament, requires companies to...

Sale jumpstarts floating, offshore wind power in US waters

Dec. 05, 2022 18:10 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tuesday marks the first-ever U.S. auction of leases to develop commercial-scale floating wind farms, in the deep waters off the West Coast. The live, online auction for the five leases — three off California’s central coast and two off its northern coast...