Latest Agriculture News

Nebraska meatpacking worker dies after being hurt on the job

Jan. 16, 2022 18:15 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacking plant worker died after he was injured on the job. Grand Island police said 48-year-old Esteban Mantilla of Grand Island died at the hospital where he was taken after he was hurt Friday afternoon. Police and paramedics were called to...

For 'ice wine' vintners, frigid temps are reason to rejoice

Jan. 16, 2022 14:46 PM EST

OVID, N.Y. (AP) — While the vast majority of New Yorkers are hunkering down to ride out frigid temperatures and snow blasts from the latest winter storm, others are seizing on the opportunity to ... pick grapes? One Finger Lakes-area winemaker jokingly calls it “insanity,” but...

Swine fever in wild boars worries Italy's pork industry

Jan. 15, 2022 16:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The discovery of African swine fever in northern Italy has Italian pork producers fearing significant economic damage to a major agricultural export and has forced curtailing of the official seasons to hunt for game and to gather prized truffles. Earlier this month, a...

Aquaculture apprenticeship program taking shape in Maine

Jan. 15, 2022 10:48 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine science institute is working with the state's labor department to create an aquaculture apprenticeship program. There is an active aquaculture industry in Maine, where farmers grow oysters, mussels, seaweed and other seafood items. The Maine...

Cowboy recalls years working Montana ranch bought by Murdoch

Jan. 15, 2022 10:28 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Ray Marxer’s first day as a hired hand at the Matador Cattle Co. ranch south of Dillon began with two lessons in humility. As dawn approached, jitters struck. “I was so nervous, I threw up,” Marxer recalled. Next, he joined a...

EPA to review NC permit OKs at hog farms collecting gas

Jan. 14, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated the rights of minority residents and poor people living near farms where it approved plans to capture gas from hog waste. The U.S. Environmental...

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

Jan. 14, 2022 18:35 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said. The flu poses a low risk to people but can spread quickly through chicken houses and other...

Farmer dies after falling into grain bin near Wentzville

Jan. 14, 2022 14:58 PM EST

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A St. Charles County farmer died after he fell into a grain bin and was trapped, authorities said. The body of Paul Hepperman, 75, was recovered Friday from a grain bin on his farm near Wentzville. Hepperman apparently was trying to unclog the...

Consumers asked to support Northeast organic dairy industry

Jan. 14, 2022 14:26 PM EST

Northeast organic dairy companies are trying to recruit consumers to help strengthen the industry after news that 135 farms in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York will lose their milk contracts. An initiative announced Wednesday by Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of organic yogurt...

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Jan. 14, 2022 13:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The...