Agriculture

This 2018 photo provided by the University of New Hampshire shows a ground nesting bee pollinating a flower in New Hampshire. The species is one of 14 declining wild bee species identified in a study published in April 2019 by researchers at the university. The new study has found that more than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating fruits and vegetables across New England are on the decline. (University of New Hampshire/Molly Jacobson via AP)
April 18, 2019 - 11:25 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...
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This combination of images provided by the Yale School of Medicine in April 2019 shows stained microscope photos of neurons, green; astrocytes, red, and cell nuclei, blue, from a pig brain left untreated for 10 hours after death, left, and another with a specially designed blood substitute pumped through it. By medical standards “this is not a living brain,” said Nenad Sestan of the Yale School of Medicine, one of the researchers reporting the results Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in the journal Nature. But the work revealed a surprising degree of resilience within a brain that has lost its supply of blood and oxygen, he said. (Stefano G. Daniele, Zvonimir Vrselja/Sestan Laboratory/Yale School of Medicine)
April 17, 2019 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. The brains could not think or sense anything, researchers stressed. By medical standards "this is...
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April 16, 2019 - 9:59 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Starbucks Corp. has announced plans to expand its investment in solar farms and use the energy to power hundreds of its coffee-serving stores in Texas. Seattle-based Starbucks on Monday announced the deal with Cypress Creek Renewables and U.S. Bank. A statement says the companies are...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Ramon Alicea Burgos walks past his palm tree, with its top broken off one year ago by Hurricane Maria one outside his partially rebuilt home in the mountain town of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that is a top priority for some of Trump’s southern GOP allies. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
April 11, 2019 - 7:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, Washington infighting has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia are desperately seeking. Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 6, 2018 file photo, cows stand at Nate Elzinga's farm in Zeeland, Mich., on the day of an auction where Elzinga and his partners sold the herd. Market forces and larger milking operations made it difficult for them to be profitable. A new federal program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June 2019, as farmers undergo their fifth year of low milk prices that have driven thousands out of business. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 5:26 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won't tackle the underlying challenges they face. Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices that have...
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April 08, 2019 - 4:57 am
BOPIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's first disaster was a cyclone. The second has been cholera. Now hunger could be the third. The raging floodwaters that made a large part of central Mozambique a vast inland sea are draining, laying bare a severe lack of food for the months ahead. Cyclone Idai...
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April 08, 2019 - 4:47 am
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — More money is heading to North Carolina commercial fishermen whose landings were harmed by Hurricane Florence. The state Division of Marine Fisheries is sending out 1,000 checks totaling $7.2 million to compensate fishermen whose harvests fell in October and November due...
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April 04, 2019 - 12:35 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are now supporting a Native American tribe's decades-long request to resume whale hunts off the coast of Washington state. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday announced its proposal to allow the Makah Tribe of Washington to hunt and...
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Recent floodwaters from the Platte River filled the Nebraska National Guard's primary training base, Camp Ashland, with sand, water and debris Thursday, March 28, 2019, near Ashland, Nebraska. (Ryan Soderlin/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 4:16 pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials were set to meet Wednesday with the governors of four flood-ravaged Midwestern states amid criticism of the federal agency for its management of swollen waterways. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Missouri Gov...
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April 01, 2019 - 3:55 pm
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina landowner says a pack of dogs went on a rampage at a farm and killed at least a dozen animals, including a 500-pound (226-kilogram) llama. Landowner Pat Belskie tells media outlets the dogs dug under a fence at the Hoke County farm on March to get at the...
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