agriculture

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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A burnt car sits on the outskirts of the village of Monchique in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 06, 2018 - 11:51 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling...
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In this Monday, July 23, 2018 photo, lobster fisherman Ernie Piton looks out from his boat Risky Business in Key Largo, in the Florida Keys. Lobster fishermen in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain. Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early July, after the Trump administration put tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
August 03, 2018 - 2:58 pm
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Just as they prepare for a crucial harvest in the wake of Hurricane Irma, lobster fishermen in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain. Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early...
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August 02, 2018 - 8:48 am
LONDON (AP) — One of Iceland's top whaling companies says it has stopped hunting minke whales this year, in response to a new government regulation that enlarged the protected area for baleen whales. The temporary halt to whaling comes about a month earlier than expected, Gunnar Jonsson, owner of...
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This frame grab from a video provided by Mercy for Animals shows a pig in an undercover video released by the group. The recently released undercover video showing pigs being abused at a supplier to the world's largest meat producer also highlights practices that are still common but slowly being changed in the pork industry. (Mercy For Animals via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 2:09 am
DENVER (AP) — A recently released undercover video showing pigs being abused at a supplier to the world's largest meat producer also highlights practices that are still common but slowly being changed in the pork industry. The video shows pregnant female pigs confined to metal cages barely bigger...
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FILE - This Dec. 29, 2009 file photo shows a Big Mac hamburger at a McDonald's restaurant in North Huntingdon, Pa. The fast food restaurant is celebrating the sandwich's 50th anniversary in 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 30, 2018 - 10:19 am
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it isn't changing the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ingredients of "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce,...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2015 file photo, lobster are seen at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine. U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration. They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25, 2018 as National Lobster Day to honor the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters. The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honors not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
July 28, 2018 - 12:33 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration. They've introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honor the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters. The resolution...
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President Donald Trump speaks on trade at Granite City Works Steel Coil Warehouse, Thursday, July 26, 2018, Granite City, Ill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 27, 2018 - 12:37 am
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted the renewed success of an Illinois steel mill, pushing back against criticism that his escalating trade disputes are hurting American workers and farmers. The president pointed to the U.S. Steel plant's reopening as a success...
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July 26, 2018 - 4:33 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen are going to need a bailout, too. That's the message from a group of Democrats in Congress who say seafood harvesters are headed for a financial disaster due to increasing tariffs, and the government should be prepared to provide relief. They likened the challenge...
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Farmer Michael Slattery stands in front of his soybean field, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Maribel, Wis. He and his wife farm 300 acres of mostly soybean and corn, but they also have wheat and alfalfa. Slattery said he while he will benefit from emergency aid, he sees it as a short-term fix. He said he also sees it as an ploy to gain support ahead of the mid-term elections. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
July 25, 2018 - 10:09 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion...
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