Agriculture

In this Aug. 21, 2019 photo, instructor Chris Powicki speaks during an interview at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Mass. Powicki's Offshore Wind 101 classes have drawn nuclear and marina workers, engineers, young people and others hoping for good-paying wind jobs as an alternative to tourism jobs. But as Trump has made clear how much he hates wind turbines, all the offshore wind projects, including the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind project, an 84 turbine, $2.8 billion wind farm slated to rise 15 miles off Martha's Vineyard, have stalled. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 30, 2019 - 3:24 pm
BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is...
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Sprinklers spray water on plants at Green Valley Farms, a commercial nursery in Montevallo, Ala., on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Weeks of dry, hot weather across the Deep South have worsened a drought that a federal assessment says is affecting more than 11 million people across five states. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
September 26, 2019 - 6:56 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Weeks of dry, hot weather have plunged the Deep South further into a drought that's affecting more than 11 million people and threatening crops across the region, a new assessment showed Thursday. The latest report from U.S. Drought Monitor showed arid conditions worsening...
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September 26, 2019 - 6:21 pm
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 Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield...
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California citrus growers, packers and researchers gather for the opening of a new secure lab dedicated to the search for a cure for a deadly citrus-killing disease in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Growers hope the lab will speed up the search for a cure to the disease, which is spread by a tiny insect and has ravaged groves in Florida and abroad. The lab will be run through a partnership with University of California, Riverside. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
September 26, 2019 - 6:09 pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — In a lab southeast of Los Angeles, researchers are opening a new front in the yearslong battle against a tiny pest that has wreaked havoc on citrus groves around the world. California citrus growers and packers and the University of California, Riverside on Thursday marked...
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September 26, 2019 - 3:36 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The California Institute of Technology said Thursday it has received a pledge of $750 million from philanthropists and entrepreneurs Stewart and Lynda Resnick to support research into environmental sustainability in the face of climate change. The commitment is the largest...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo a customer gets his coffee at a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. In a very limited test in Canada, McDonald's said Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, that it's introducing the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger. It will be available for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)
September 26, 2019 - 1:52 pm
McDonald's is finally taking a nibble of the plant-based burger. McDonald's said Thursday that will sell the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. The small-market test is rolling out about six months after rival...
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This Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest since the federal government confirmed its arrival in southeastern Pennsylvania five years ago this week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 26, 2019 - 2:53 am
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania's citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They're stomping and spraying and zapping and bragging about their kills on social media. "DESTROY THEM," a propaganda poster urges...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, a clerk stacks cuts of pork at a meat market in Beijing. China is releasing pork from stockpiles for the second time this month to help cool surging prices ahead of next week’s celebration of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. (AP Photo/Fu Ting, File)
September 26, 2019 - 2:05 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing more pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The government said Thursday it will auction off 10,000 tons of pork, the country's staple meat. It was the second release...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Fonterra milk tankers pass each other outside the Darfield factory near Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand's largest company Fonterra once had grand ambitions to dominate the world's dairy markets, but after suffering stinging losses to the value of its businesses abroad has scaled back its vision. Fonterra on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, announced its worst-ever annual result as it wrote down the value of its assets by hundreds of millions of dollars and promised to stay more focused on its roots on New Zealand dairy farms. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
September 25, 2019 - 11:23 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's largest company Fonterra once had grand ambitions to dominate the world's dairy markets, but after suffering stinging losses abroad has scaled back its vision. Fonterra on Thursday announced its worst-ever annual result as it wrote down the value of its...
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September 25, 2019 - 12:30 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An advisory commission has urged the Dutch government to adopt a broad package of measures including lowering the speed limit on some roads and buying up old, inefficient cattle farms to reduce the country's nitrogen emissions. The recommendations published Wednesday...
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