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APNewsBreak: Billionaire governor's family farms get subsidy

Oct. 17, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China. There is no evidence Gov. Jim Justice...

Apple economy latest casualty in strife-torn Kashmir

Oct. 17, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

SHOPIAN, India (AP) — Kashmir's apple orchards, backbone of the economy and livelihood for nearly half the people living there, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. Losses are mounting as insurgent groups pressure pickers, traders and drivers...

Farmers encouraged to report wintry weather crop damage

Oct. 16, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture producers in North Dakota are being encouraged to contact county extension agents to report crop damage and losses associated with last week's snowstorm. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says it's critical for producers to share information with the...

Indian capital's air quality plunges despite new measures

Oct. 16, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital's air quality levels plunged to "poor" on Wednesday, a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index for New Delhi stood at 299, about six times the recommended...

Rubber track maker to create 250 jobs at Tennessee facility

Oct. 16, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

MILAN, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say a company that manufactures rubber tracks and undercarriages for industrial and agricultural equipment plans to create 250 jobs at its new Tennessee plant. The state Department of Economic and Community says Global Track Manufacturing USA, Inc. is starting...

Police arrest Kashmir protesters, rebels kill truck driver

Oct. 15, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir arrested 13 women for holding an anti-India protest and two suspected militants shot and killed a truck driver near an apple orchard where he had picked up fruit boxes, police said Tuesday. The women, carrying placards reading "Respect Fundamental...

'Nothing-burger': US-China truce leaves big issues for later

Oct. 14, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heralded a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks, and markets rallied in relief over a de-escalation in tensions between the world's two biggest economies. But closer inspection suggests there isn't much substance, at least not yet, to the temporary truce Trump...

New Mexico forecast to lead US in pecan production in 2019

Oct. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is expected to lead the U.S. in pecan production this year as growers prepare for the upcoming harvest. The U.S. Agriculture Department's statistics service says production in the Southwest state is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds (nearly 44,000 metric tons)....

2 charged in burglary at farm where pigs escaped

Oct. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Two people have been charged in a burglary at a Vermont farm where hundreds of pigs got loose. WCAX-TV reports that according to court records a woman and her boyfriend admitted to stealing tools from the Sugar Mountain Farm in Orange in August. That's two weeks after the pigs broke...

From Hokie football to hemp

Oct. 12, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — When Jabari Byrd first learned that industrial hemp could be grown legally in Virginia, he said he became something akin to a prophet crying out in the wilderness. "I was advocating for hemp all the time, just always talking to folks about hemp," he said. "But nobody wanted to hear...