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Louisiana opens application period for 2021 hemp licenses

Dec. 5, 2020 11:15 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's agriculture department is accepting applications for its 2021 industrial hemp licenses, the second year of the program created by lawmakers to try to start a new agricultural industry in the state. A state license is required for any person growing, handling,...

Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, on July 22, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

All-GOP Louisiana runoff will settle open US House seat

Dec. 5, 2020 9:50 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A U.S. House seat representing northeast and central Louisiana will remain firmly in Republican hands despite the departure of three-term incumbent Rep. Ralph Abraham, with voters on Saturday choosing between two GOP contenders to take over the seat in Congress. Candidates vying in...

Protesting farmers rest in their tractor parked on a highway as they participate in farmers protest against new farming laws they say will result in exploitation by corporations, eventually rendering them landless, at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The busy, nonstop, arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people, now beat to the rhythm of never-heard-before cries of “Inquilab Zindabad” (“Long live the revolution”). Tens and thousands of farmers, with colorful distinctive turbans and long, flowing beards, have descended upon its borders where they commandeer wide swathes of roads. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Talks between protesting farmers and Indian gov't fail again

Dec. 5, 2020 9:34 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government and protesting farmers were unable to break their deadlock in talks on Saturday, with the farmers saying they will intensify their demonstrations against new agriculture laws and continue blocking key highways on the outskirts of the capital. Protest leaders rejected...

Kentucky farm economy holds steady despite pandemic

Dec. 4, 2020 11:15 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's agricultural receipts are expected to hold steady to last year's levels despite turmoil caused by the coronavirus, economists said Friday. The state's 2020 farm cash receipts are projected to be $5.5 billion, equaling last year's amount, University of Kentucky agricultural...

An elderly farmer shouts slogans as others listen to a speaker as they block a major highway during a protest to abolish new farming laws they say will result in exploitation by corporations, eventually rendering them landless, at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The busy, nonstop, arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people, now beat to the rhythm of never-heard-before cries of

India's winter of discontent: Farmers rise up against Modi

Dec. 4, 2020 8:13 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A chilly breeze whirls through New Delhi in the mornings and the sun is partly obscured by toxic haze, a marker of another winter in the Indian capital. But along the city's borders, this year is visibly and viscerally different. The perpetually busy arterial highways that connect most...

Representatives of various farmers organizations hold hands before the media as they arrive for talks with the government representatives in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec.3, 2020. Tens and thousands of farmers have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Indian gov't, farmers to meet again over highway blockade

Dec. 3, 2020 10:44 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government and protesting farmers reported some progress in talks Thursday and agreed to meet again over the weekend to discuss a blockade of key highways leading to the capital by thousands of farmers angry over new agriculture laws. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday, Dec. 1, about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

Dec. 1, 2020 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of...

Company to build plant in Iowa to make pallets from corn

Dec. 1, 2020 12:18 PM EST

ODEBOLT, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company has announced it will build a $15 million plant in northwest Iowa that will make environmentally-friendly shipping pallets from corn plant waste, such as stalks, husks and leaves. Corn Board Manufacturing, based in Stratford, Texas, says it will build the...

Protesting farmers hold placards at the border between Delhi and Haryana state, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Talks between protesting farmers and the Indian government failed Tuesday after both the parties could not reach a common ground to discuss the new farming laws, protests against which have intensified after entering their sixth day. More growers joined giant demonstrations and choked roads to India's Capital by hunkering down along with their trucks and tractors. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

No breakthrough in India's talks with protesting farmers

Dec. 1, 2020 10:21 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government and protesting farmers were unable to reach common ground in talks held Tuesday, with the farmers saying their demonstrations against new agriculture laws will continue as will their blockades of key highways. The farmers rejected the government’s offer to set...

Indian farmers protesting new agriculture laws hold a meeting at the Delhi-Haryana state border, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to placate thousands of farmers protesting new agriculture laws Monday and said they were being misled by opposition parties and that his government would resolve all their concerns. (AP Photo/Rishi Lekhi)

India's govt. invites protesting farmers to talks Tuesday

Nov. 30, 2020 3:36 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has moved up talks to Dec. 1 with the leaders of farm groups protesting new agricultural laws in the country's biggest farmer protests in years that have entered their fifth day. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Monday he decided to advance the meeting...