- US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones Updated: May-05-15 9:05 pm
FRESNO, California - A drone large enough carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday.
- Kentucky hemp production up in 2nd year of crop's comeback Updated: May-05-15 6:04 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Kentucky's second hemp crop in decades is expected to surpass 1,700 acres, up from about three dozen acres a year ago, as the versatile crop's comeback starts to attract interest from processors looking to turn it into products, state agriculture officials said Tuesday.
- Turkey farmer hit by bird flu sees emotional, financial toll Updated: May-05-15 5:08 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Lifelong turkey farmer Greg Langmo knew as soon as the young flock that usually clustered around him like curious little puppies turned lethargic and stopped eating that his Minnesota farm had been struck by the bird flu that has shaken the poultry industry.
- UGA researcher leads project to improve blueberry processing Updated: May-05-15 12:22 pm
ATHENS, Georgia - An associate professor at the University of Georgia is trying to find a better way to harvest blueberries, the state's leading fruit crop.
- Report: Nebraska corn planting progress ahead of average Updated: May-05-15 10:59 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Rain in some parts of the state has disrupted spring planting and other work in Nebraska's farm fields.
- April among driest in Chamberlain, Madison, other SD cities Updated: May-05-15 10:28 am
BROOKINGS, South Dakota - Last month was one of the driest Aprils on record for several South Dakota towns, as the state continued to slide further into drought.
- ADM 1Q profit rises on agriculture, oilseeds gains Updated: May-05-15 9:25 am
DECATUR, Illinois - Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) said Tuesday its net income climbed in the first quarter on better results from its agricultural services and oilseeds businesses and the flavors business it bought in 2014.
- Kansas and Missouri beef farmers cashing in on high prices Updated: May-05-15 8:49 am
LA CYGNE, Kansas - If beef is on the menu, firing up the grill this year will cost you more than ever before.
- Planting of all crops in North Dakota ahead of average pace Updated: May-05-15 8:25 am
FARGO, North Dakota - Two-thirds of North Dakota's staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, as farmers continue taking advantage of dry weather to make progress on spring planting.
- Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output Updated: May-05-15 7:11 am
ZHARI, Afghanistan - It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
- Minnesota moves to help farmers whose flocks hit by bird flu Updated: May-04-15 7:31 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers moved quickly on Monday to help turkey farmers beset by a deadly and growing outbreak of bird flu, putting together a patchwork of loan programs and emergency response funding to cover farmers' losses.
- Ideal conditions enable Iowa farmers to plant corn Updated: May-04-15 7:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops.
- Washington fruit distributors expand to meet demand Updated: May-04-15 4:25 pm
YAKIMA, Washington - Washington state's fruit industry is expanding as worldwide demand increases and new technologies help yield more crops.
- Bird flu strikes biggest Minnesota farm yet; 1.1M chickens Updated: May-04-15 3:51 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Bird flu has struck its biggest operation yet in Minnesota - a farm with over 1.1 million chickens in Nicollet County of south-central Minnesota.
- State health officials confirm case of shellfish poisoning Updated: May-04-15 3:29 pm
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Officials have confirmed a case of paralytic shellfish poisoning from a mixture of clams harvested from a beach north of Ketchikan.
- Lab-grown meat? Bistro In Vitro serving up food for thought Updated: May-04-15 12:19 pm
PITTSBURGH - Earlier this month, I was invited to a restaurant opening, which wasn't remarkable except that it was for Bistro In Vitro, the "world's first lab-grown meat restaurant."
- Maine asking public about Beals dredging project Updated: May-04-15 12:10 pm
BEALS, Maine - Maine officials are asking the public about the potential impacts of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project on the fishing industry in Downeast Maine.
- Dean Foods combining brands under national label Updated: May-04-15 10:50 am
NEW YORK - Dean Foods will place all of its regional milk labels under one brand as part of a move to boost its business and tout the quality of its product.
- Arizona wineries fear decline in grapes after cold snap Updated: May-03-15 6:04 pm
ELGIN, Arizona - Freezing temperatures may put a chill on this season's grape harvest for several southern Arizona wineries.
- Washington state officials withdraw shellfish spray permit Updated: May-03-15 4:59 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington's Department of Ecology has canceled a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in two areas, officials said Sunday.
- Kenai Peninsula goat-sharing program grows in Alaska Updated: May-03-15 4:52 pm
KENAI, Alaska - At feeding time Monday morning on Karluk Acres, a gang of Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian goats darted over gravel to claim scattered corn and grains.
- A Claysville institution is no more Updated: May-03-15 1:58 pm
CLAYSVILLE, Pennsylvania - Mary Campsey accepted Frank Miller's offer.
- Idaho was third highest milk producing state in 2014 Updated: May-03-15 1:10 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho was the third highest milk producing state last year, behind California and Wisconsin.
- Vermont poultry producers take precautions against bird flu Updated: May-03-15 12:39 pm
RUTLAND, Vermont - Poultry producers in northern New England are taking precautions against a virulent form of bird flu that has wiped out millions of birds in the Midwest.
- Northern Utah ranchers grapple with black grass bug Updated: May-03-15 10:55 am
HOWELL, Utah - Northern Utah ranchers already dealing with low water supply are now facing a larger than normal infestation of a black grass bug that kills grass needed for cattle to graze.