agriculture

In this Dec. 19, 2014, photo, a worker digs in a fermentation bed at an organic pig farm in Handan in northern China's Hebei province. China, the world's largest producer of pork, is battling an African swine fever outbreak that could potentially devastate herds. Authorities say the disease, which is fatal only to pigs and wild boar, has been detected in multiple locations across the vast country. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 3:39 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has reported another outbreak of African swine fever that threatens the country's crucial pork industry, but officials say they have the situation under control. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said Thursday the latest cases were reported in the eastern city of...
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California farmers rally at the Capitol to protest a proposal by state water officials to increase water flows for the lower San Joaquin River to protect fish, at the Capitol, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The State Water Resources Control Board is holding hearings this week concerning a plan to allow more water to flow freely down the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from February to June, meaning less water will be available for farming and other needs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 20, 2018 - 8:27 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of California farmers rallied at the Capitol on Monday to protest state water officials' proposal to increase water flows in a major California river, a move state and federal politicians called an overreach of power that would mean less water for farms in the...
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In this Aug. 10, 2018 photo provided by the University of Missouri Extension, a steer takes shelter under a bush near a dry pond on a farm near Monett, Mo. Drought conditions across most of Missouri are causing concerns for farmers. Corn yields could be lower than normal and hay, vital for feeding cattle, is proving scarce. About three-quarters of Missouri pastures are in poor or very poor condition, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Eldon Cole/University of Missouri Extension via AP)
August 19, 2018 - 11:14 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce. Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with...
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August 15, 2018 - 2:35 pm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry has a new CEO who has challenged the company to "double its social impact." Matthew McCarthy became CEO on July 1. The marketing executive is a veteran of Ben & Jerry's parent company, Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational Unilever,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2007 file photo, a worker picks grapes for harvest in the vineyards of Castelcerino, above the village of Soave, Northern Italy. The Italian wine grape harvest season has started with the picking of Pinot and Chardonnay grapes in the northern region of Franciacorta, anticipating a better year after the weak production figures of 2017. (AP Photo/Martino Masotto)
August 10, 2018 - 10:47 am
ROME (AP) — The Italian wine grape harvest season has started with Pinot and Chardonnay grapes in the northern Lombardy's Franciacorta region, with experts anticipating a better year after an especially weak 2017. The Coldiretti agricultural lobby said Friday that it's expecting a 15 percent...
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August 09, 2018 - 11:25 am
LONDON (AP) — In Scotland, which usually sees buckets of rain each summer, a traditional Highland Games event has fallen victim to Britain's summer heat wave. Organizers of the Invercharron Highland Games say the "exceptionally dry weather" has slowed the growth of hay, so the farmer who lends his...
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In this May 8, 2018, photo, organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke holds the label for milk produced on his farm in Fairfield, Iowa. Small family operated organic dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business while large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding. Many traditional small-scale organic farmers are fighting to stay in business by appealing to consumers to look closely at the organic milk they buy to make sure it comes from a farm that meets the idyllic expectations portrayed on the cartons. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 09, 2018 - 1:03 am
FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated organic dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business while large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding. Many traditional small-scale organic farmers are...
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August 08, 2018 - 1:03 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capitol city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats. On Wednesday, three goats munched on the plants along the small city's bike path behind the high school. Goat owner Mary Beth Herbert, of Moretown, says the goats graze on the poison ivy...
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August 08, 2018 - 8:32 am
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture. A Seminole County Sheriff's helicopter captured the Sunday night incident on video as the crew gave play-by-play to officers on the ground. A crew...
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This undated photo provided by the J.R. Simplot Company shows a sign outside the J.R. Simplot Company in Boise. Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. The company on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, announced the agreement with DowDuPont Inc. and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, developers of the nascent gene editing technology. (J.R. Simplot Company via AP)
August 06, 2018 - 1:22 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on...
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