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Agribusiness

Finance heads urged to boost fight against food insecurity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged world finance leaders Tuesday to "get concrete" as they look for ways to combat a looming crisis over food insecurity around the globe that Russia's war in Ukraine has made even worse. "This threat touches the most vulnerable people ...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs farmworker overtime pay bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill into law that phases out the state's agricultural overtime pay exemption. The Capital Press reported Brown wrote in a letter Friday to Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Dan Rayfield that she views this bill ...

Kansas to set up weevil program, let drinkers roam at fair

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New Kansas laws will make the state fair home to drinkers who roam and allow the state to tax each bale of home-grown cotton up to $2 to pay for efforts to get rid of the bug that ruins cotton crops. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday signed bills approved by the ...

Bird flu drives free-range hens indoors to protect poultry

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Is it OK for free-range chickens to not range freely? That's a question free-range egg producers have been pondering lately as they try to be open about their product while also protecting chickens from a highly infectious bird flu that has killed roughly 28 million ...

Climate change, big agriculture combine to threaten insects

Climate change and habitat loss from big agriculture are combining to swat down global insect populations, with each problem making the other worse, a new study finds. While insects may bug people at times, they also are key in pollinating plants to feed people, making soil more fertile and ...

Fertilizer company complains about railroad shipment limits

OMAHA, Neb. — A major fertilizer company says the limits Union Pacific is putting on rail traffic to clear up congestion will delay shipments that farmers need during the spring planting season. CF Industries said Thursday that the railroad ordered it to cut its shipments nearly 20%. Union ...