Agriculture

July 21, 2019 - 6:10 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair. The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal...
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FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, a scallops is shucked at sea off the coast of Harpswell, Maine. America's harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
July 21, 2019 - 8:28 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand and the value of the fishery has surged in recent years. Sea scallops, harvested mostly by boats from the cold Atlantic Ocean, are the target of one of the most...
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July 16, 2019 - 7:53 am
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Summer means relaxing by the pool, barbeques and refreshing slices of watermelon and no one produces more of this favorite summertime fruit than Florida. The Sunshine State is the top producer of watermelon in the United States. The University of Florida Institute of Food and...
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In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019, photo, Russell Jones looks at alfalfa on his farm, in Nephi, Utah. Next month, the wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding; but by September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and among 81 applicants vying for one of a handful of coveted spots as state-licensed medical growers in conservative Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
July 12, 2019 - 4:58 pm
NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus...
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In this June 5, 2019, photo, a bee pollinates a milkweed flower at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 12, 2019 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing chemical industry private studies that the agency says show the product is only a lower-level threat to bees and other wildlife. Friday's EPA...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, the baleen is visible as a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. Maine Gov. Janet Mills said in July 2019 that a federal plan to help endangered right whales at the expense of fishermen is "foolish" and is directing the state to come up with rules with a lesser impact on lobster fishermen. Maine's congressional delegation is backing the governor. North Atlantic right whales are facing the threat of extinction. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
July 12, 2019 - 12:33 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said. She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan...
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In this photo taken Thursday, June 20, 2019, packaged smokable hemp flower is seen on the counter at the Hemp Farmacy in Raleigh, N.C. A proposed ban on smokable hemp is making its way through North Carolina's General Assembly after the product's popularity surged in the six months since the passage of the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
July 04, 2019 - 11:49 am
CLIMAX, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the latest state considering a ban on smokable hemp, a product that's exploding along with the health craze surrounding a compound in the plant known as CBD. Besides federal regulations laid out in the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration...
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Yu Kangzhen, China's Vice President of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, answers questions at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Yu says the death toll from a disease that struck China's pig herds has risen to 1.2 million and the government is stepping up efforts to contain outbreaks. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
July 04, 2019 - 2:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a disease outbreak in China's pig herds that has pushed up global pork prices has risen to 1.2 million animals, but its spread has "significantly slowed," a deputy agriculture minister said Thursday. Authorities are stepping up efforts to contain African swine...
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July 04, 2019 - 2:19 am
TOKYO (AP) — Chunks of meat from the first whales caught since Japan resumed commercial whaling this week have fetched "celebration prices" at auction. The meat sold Thursday for up to 15,000 yen ($140) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), several times higher than the prices paid for Antarctic minkes. The...
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A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs," "vegan bacon," "beefless burger" or "beefless tips," as displayed in a Jackson, Miss., home, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois-based Upton's Naturals Co., which makes vegan products and sells them in many states, including Mississippi. It was filed the same day Mississippi enacted a new law that bans plant-based products from being labeled as meat. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 02, 2019 - 2:14 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon." The lawsuit against Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state's Republican agriculture...
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