Agribusiness

Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An animal welfare group on Tuesday applauded a court ruling ordering the state of Idaho to pay $260,000 to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts said the state's law banning spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights. "We ...

Lawsuit claims Kansas “Ag-Gag” law violates free speech

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law banning secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalizes free speech on matters of considerable public concern, a coalition of animal rights and consumer protection groups argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. At ...

McConnell’s year-end wish: Getting Congress to legalize hemp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate's top leader has his own priority in Congress' lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana ...

Deere profit soars as company lays out upbeat outlook

NEW YORK (AP) — A boost in construction equipment sales drove profit higher for Deere & Co. in the fourth quarter, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The weaker-than-expected results sent shares lower as the market opened, but the stock quickly recovered as the ...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it ...

Newly elected Cramer to farmers: Trump will help you

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The day after his election to the U.S. Senate, Republican Kevin Cramer assured North Dakota farmers that he has President Donald Trump's ear on trade and that Trump will get them a good — and maybe even a great — deal. "This is a priority for me," Cramer told The ...

Jennie-O launches Turkey Tracker

WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods, announced this week the launch of its online Turkey Tracker where consumers can track their fresh or frozen JENNIE-O® whole turkey back to its originating farm. Each fresh and frozen turkey package now includes a ...

Rainy weather leads to large mushroom haul

By CHERYL RICHARDSON The Newburyport Daily News BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Dugie Russell opened the back end of his hatchback to reveal a trove of treasures, but it wasn't what you might expect. Inside were enormous mushrooms, two of which weighed about 30 pounds each. Russell tottered a ...

Hayes family honored as 2018 Nicollet County Farm Family of the Year

Farm, family and community have been Tom and Patti Hayes’ way of life. They were also named Nicollet County Farm Family of the Year. The farm The farm in rural Lafayette was started in 1906 by Claus August Hed. When Tom was young, his family raised chicken, beef, hogs and sheep. The ...

Trapshooting Season Wraps Up for Sleepy Eye FFA

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter has completed its trap shooting season. There are three shoots for the season: Springfield, Mt. Lake, and then the State Shoot at Marshall. Trap shooting and sporting clays are two of the three major forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The ...

Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

By CANDICE CHOI and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon. In an ...

2 wolves moved from mainland to Isle Royale National Park

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two gray wolves have been relocated from the Minnesota mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the species on the Lake Superior island chain, officials said Thursday. The National Park Service said a 4-year-old female and ...

Cargill’s net profit rises 5 percent, but adjusted earnings are flat

Cargill Inc.’s net profit rose 5 percent during the summer months but its adjusted earnings were flat as only one of its four business units reported a gain. The Minnetonka-based agricultural processing and products company said it earned $1.02 billion in June-through-August period, the ...

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam ...

Colorado farmers hurt by drought worry it could get worse

By JASON BLEVINS and KEVIN SIMPSON The Colorado Sun OLATHE, Colo. (AP) — John Harold charges his Chevy through chest-high stalks of sweet corn. He's talking on his phone, scribbling notes. He's got corn-harvesting crews spread across the Uncompahgre Valley, picking more than 100,000 ears ...

Junior high ag students discover FFA

By Cali Rossbach Chapter Reporter SLEEPY EYE — On August 27, seventh and eighth graders from Sleepy Eye Public and St. Mary’s Schools attended an FFA discovery camp. These 27 students spent the afternoon learning more about FFA and all of the opportunities it has to offer. The FFA ...

There’s no meat, eggs or dairy — but don’t call them vegan

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's not vegan, it's "plant-based." So will carnivores bite? As companies try to cater to Americans' interest in lighter eating, the term "plant-based" is replacing "vegan" and "vegetarian" on some foods. The worry is that the ...

New DNR fisheries boat is all-around upgrade

By Tony Kennedy Star Tribune DULUTH Minnesota fisheries workers on the North Shore will never denigrate the 25-foot Boston Whaler that provided them safe travel on Lake Superior for more than three decades. But the heavily used fiberglass Whaler worked beyond its life expectancy. Whats now ...

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the ...

Farmers concerned about trade war implications

By Mike Lamb mlamb@marshallindependent.com MORGAN — Leon Wiens of Minneapolis left the Congressional forum at the 2010 Farmfest Tuesday still searching for answers on the present trade war launched by President Donald Trump. He decided to stop at the CHS tent for a presentation by ...

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