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Louisiana farmers get $180M in federal aid for tariff losses

Dec. 2, 2019 5:30 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s farmers have collected more than $180 million from President Donald Trump’s multibillion-dollar bailout package for farmers hurt by the United States’ trade war with China. The Advocate reports that U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show more...

Montana federal farm subsidies for trade wars grow to $114M

Dec. 1, 2019 6:00 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Data indicates federal subsidies distributed to Montana farmers to offset losses resulting from U.S. trade wars have increased to more than $114 million. The Billings Gazette reports subsidies issued in October pushed the value of 2019 payments to about $92.4 million, while the state...

Michigan expects lowest corn, soybean harvest in over decade

Nov. 28, 2019 9:40 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers’ production is expected to take a steep hit this year, with state officials pointing to rain as the reason corn and soybeans are recording the lowest production numbers in over 10 years. Corn production in Michigan is projected to plummet to its lowest numbers in 15...

Maryland continues funding for protective crop plantings

Nov. 27, 2019 5:00 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — About $5 million the state of Maryland has set aside for farmers to plant protective crops has gone wanting in recent years. For the second year in a row, the state has spent less than it set aside on a program that Maryland uses in its favor when tallying efforts to clean up the...

‘Booby traps’ found in central Minnesota farm field

Nov. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EST

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota say someone left “booby traps” in a farmer’s field apparently meant to damage farm equipment. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says a farmer near Cedar Mills on Monday reported minor damage to a combine after a chain was drawn...

2 Amish boys killed by corn-laden truck on Indiana farm

Nov. 20, 2019 2:30 PM EST

NAPPANEE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say two Amish brothers were killed when they were run over by a tractor-trailer hauling corn on a farm in northern Indiana. Kosciusko (kahs-ee-AHS'-koh) County Coroner Tony Ciriello says 5-year-old Jaylin Hochstetler and 3-year-old Kenton Hochstetler died Tuesday afternoon...

Whooping cranes return to Alabama national wildlife refuge

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Some migratory whooping cranes from Wisconsin are back at a national wildlife refuge in Alabama. For the second year in a row, a wild-hatched crane known as W7-17 was the first to arrive on the 670-mile (1,080-kilometer) flight southward to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, the International Crane...

Toxic pigweed found in Connecticut for 1st time

Nov. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An invasive weed that’s toxic to livestock and resistant to herbicides has been found in Connecticut. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced Thursday that the Palmer amaranth, a type of pigweed, was found this fall in two pumpkin fields in East Windsor. The...

Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

Nov. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation and play host to his family’s ancestral gods. Or at least that’s what experts and officials...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...