Latest Grain farming News

Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

Nov. 28, 2021 21:40 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes. Warming temperatures and an extended growing season can lead to quality problems and disease, Gregory Porter, a...

Corn meal, whiskey help save Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

TOWAOC, Colo. (AP) — Drought in much of the West, 22 years running, has struck Colorado’s Four Corners tribal lands with bitter force. This year, the Ute Mountain Ute’s celebrated 7,700 acre farm and ranch operation had to lay off half its workers as thousands of acres lay fallow. ...

Ag Processing plans expansion of Iowa soybean-crushing plant

Nov. 19, 2021 15:37 PM EST

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor has proposed a nearly $72 million expansion of its soybean-crushing plant south of Sioux City and is seeking nearly $1.5 million in state and local money to help finance the added capacity. Ag Processing...

More than 1 million need urgent food aid in south Madagascar

Nov. 12, 2021 04:26 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Parched by four years of drought, more than 1.1 million people in southern Madagascar urgently need food aid in a rapidly worsening crisis, experts warn. About 700,000 people are already receiving food aid and increased emergency...

Snow likely to help persistent drought conditions in ND

Nov. 11, 2021 13:41 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A storm system that is expected to bring snow to North Dakota late this week could help improve long-term drought conditions that persist in the state. Forecasters are expecting 2 inches (5 centimeters) to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow in the...

Bees, sheep, crops: Solar developers tout multiple benefits

Nov. 04, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Minnesota (AP) — Silflower was among native plants that blanketed the vast North American prairie until settlers developed farms and cities. Nowadays confined largely to roadsides and ditches, the long-stemmed cousin of the sunflower may be poised for a comeback, thanks to solar...

'Ordinary people suffer most': China farms face climate woes

Nov. 02, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

JIAOZUO, China (AP) — Wang Yuetang’s sneakers sink into the mud of what was once his thriving corn and peanut farm as he surveys the damage done by an unstable climate. Three months after torrential rains flooded much of central China’s Henan province, stretches of...

Chef Abra Berens turns her attention to grains and legumes

Nov. 01, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chef and author Abra Berens once mistakenly ordered 10 pounds of split peas. Trouble is, she doesn't really like split peas. She initially found herself making split pea soup over and over again, wincing each time at the muddy, unexciting flavor. Then...

Fears of rising baguette prices pose crunch for the French

Oct. 27, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A hike in the cost of wheat is alarming French households who fear a possible rise in the price of the prized baguette, seen by many as a barometer of the country's economic health. Many boulangeries around France are putting up signs, warning customers...

Strong economic growth continues in rural parts of 10 states

Oct. 21, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong economic growth continues in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region. The overall economic index for the region improved in October to 66.1 from September's already-strong 62.5...