Guam mayors seek solution to hundreds of invasive feral pigs
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has captured hundreds of feral pigs, but some mayors say it is just a fraction of the population.
Some US farmers get a reprieve at end of challenging year
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was interrupted by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen harvest prospects go...
Farmers encouraged to report wintry weather crop damage
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture producers in North Dakota are being encouraged to contact county extension agents to report crop damage and losses associated with last week's...
Embattled Argentine farmers eye presidential vote with fear
PERGAMINO, Argentina (AP) — Juan Rossi walks between rows of green wheat at his farm in one of Argentina's most fertile agricultural regions, worrying about the future of the farming sector that...
New Mexico forecast to lead US in pecan production in 2019
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is expected to lead the U.S. in pecan production this year as growers prepare for the upcoming harvest.
Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
Des Moines Register. October 10, 2019
'The small go out': Ag secretary's comments about dairy farmers' troubles were insensitive
A thistle to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny...
Mexico’s indigenous Lacandon battle settlers over rainforest
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The few remaining indigenous Lacandon are locked in a struggle to protect their ancestral home: the last pocket of tropical rainforest in North America.
West Virginia farmers quadrupled their hemp crop this year
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Farmers more than quadrupled West Virginia's industrial hemp crop this year.
Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt's office says about 130 farmers grew 641 acres...
First forecast of citrus season has growers optimistic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The first forecast of the Florida citrus season has growers optimistic.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service on Thursday said that Florida is expected to produce...
Potato, onion, sweet corn farmers rush amid early freeze
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An early deep freeze has Idaho potato and onion farmers rushing to harvest crops or hoping the buried vegetables will survive the frozen nights this week.
Pest that feasts on broccoli found in Maine for first time
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Agriculture authorities in Maine say an invasive pest that can damage crops such as cabbage and broccoli has been found in the state for the first time.
Hatchery investigated after hidden camera shows salmon abuse
BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are investigating an aquaculture hatchery in the wake of an undercover group's allegation of improper treatment of fish at the facility.
Alabama cattle farmers feeling pinch from drought
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Alabama cattle farmers are feeling the pinch from the worsening drought.
Limestone County famer Donna Jo Curtis tells the Athens News-Courier she already has started...
Judge declines to block fake-meat law; appeal is filed
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to block a Missouri law that bans companies from labeling plant-based meat products or meat substitutes as meat.
Spanish farmers fear ‘unfair’ blow of US tariffs
CÓRDOBA, Spain (AP) — Olives are harvested the old-fashioned way on Juan Luque's farm in southern Spain, as men thrash the gnarly tree limbs with poles, raining the small green fruit into the...
Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil...
Johnson calls small dairy farms a Wisconsin, US tradition
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he sees small dairy farms as both American and Wisconsin traditions, while refusing to directly criticize comments made by President...
Pence to headline Tennessee event with Gov. Lee
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is slated to headline an event on trade in Tennessee next week alongside Gov. Bill Lee and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
South Korea confirms 2 more swine fever cases
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed two additional cases of African swine fever near its border with North Korea despite heightened efforts to contain the epidemic that...
Trump farm secretary: No guarantee small farms will survive
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn't know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a...
Angry Dutch farmers descend on The Hague to demand respect
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers massed in The Hague on Tuesday to demand more respect for their profession, many after driving in slow-moving tractor convoys that snarled...
US agriculture secretary to address Wisconsin town hall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary is set to make a stop in Wisconsin.
Sonny Perdue is scheduled to speak at a town hall session at the World Dairy Expo at...
Most of Mississippi corn crop in fair to good condition
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Agriculture experts say most of this year's corn crop in Mississippi is in fair to good condition.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service says in a news...
Officials: Montana hemp growing in popularity among farmers
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say hemp is growing in popularity as a crop among farmers in Montana.
The Billings Gazette reports that statistics released by the Montana Department of...
In northern Alabama, farmers stalk solid corn yields
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Corn farmers in northern Alabama are seeing some good yields in this year's harvest, agriculture experts said.
Yields will depend on where the cornfields are located,...
Critics uneasy as federal meat inspectors face work overload
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At eight months pregnant, government food inspector Rosalie Arriaga was scheduled in March 2018 to handle twice her normal workload at the meat processing plants she was...
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Iowa home to 24.9 million pigs, a new record and up 6%
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa now has 24.9 million pigs on farms, a record number and up 6% from last year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the figures Friday for the quarter...
Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story
LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of...
Oregon agricultural exports hit hard by US-China trade war
MARQUAM, Ore. (AP) — Rancher Jerome Rosa sat in his mud-spattered pickup truck, glumly watching some of his cows resting on a grassy slope in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley.
Fears grow in South Korea as tests confirm more swine fever
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday said it was intensifying efforts to clean farms around the country as it scrambles to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine...
Bozeman farmers work the land amid encroaching development
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Looking from a bird's-eye view, Bozeman's history as a farm town can still be seen in certain pockets of wide, open spaces around the city.
South Korea says 2 farms tested negative for swine fever
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday that tests on dead pigs from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing...
South Korea reports more suspected swine fever cases
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday that it is investigating more suspected cases of African swine fever in farms near its border with North Korea, as fears grow over the spread of...
Vermont picked as 1 of 3 regional dairy innovation centers
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont has won a grant to create one of three regional dairy business innovation centers across the country, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday.
Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials
The Free Press of Mankato, Sept. 15
Agriculture: Government hurting crop prices, farmer income
Why it matters: Trump policies have in one year cost area farmers $80 million.
Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north.
South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc...
Arkansas panel approves new rules for dicamba’s use in 2020
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has approved new rules for the use of an herbicide that has drawn complaints from farmers who say it has drifted onto their crops and caused...
Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place...
Dairy industry pushes back against new manure storage rules
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin dairy industry raised a stink Monday over potential new restrictions on manure storage, insisting the regulations would make life harder on struggling farmers...
USDA projects bid decrease in Ohio corn crop this year
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that Ohio's corn crop will be down 34% compared with 2018.
The Columbus Dispatch reports USDA statistician Cheryl Turner...
Destructive weed found in seventh North Dakota county
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The presence of a weed that researchers say can drastically reduce crop yields has been confirmed in a seventh North Dakota county, according to a state agency.
Michigan says soybeans must be destroyed due to soil
DETROIT (AP) — State regulators say 91,000 bushels of soybeans must be destroyed, three years after just a small portion was grown on land that had sediment from a Kalamazoo River Superfund site...
Tennessee names new state veterinarian
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has appointed a Samantha Beaty as state veterinarian and assistant commissioner for animal health.
Federal officials help catch pigs that escaped from farm
ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials are getting involved in the roundup of pigs that escaped from a Vermont farm.
About 250 pigs had escaped from the fenced-in area at Sugar Mountain Farm...
Farmers hurt by Hurricane Michael now able to apply for aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers in Georgia who suffered losses from Hurricane Michael nearly a year ago may soon get federal money to help with recovery.
Officials: Feral Canadian hogs encroaching on Montana border
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say feral hogs from Canada encroaching on Montana's northern border are a serious concern for farmers and others.