Agriculture

FILE -- In this Sunday, June 27, 2010 file photo two men compete in an ostrich race at Highgate ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town of Oudtshoorn known of as the “ostrich capital of the world.” Not so much anymore. Two major ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn have stopped offering ostrich rides to tourists, responding to concerns about the birds’ welfare. A third farm is sticking with the feature, saying it is regulated and that ostriches do not experience discomfort.. The Highgate farm, however, continues to offer ostrich rides.(AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
May 22, 2017 - 11:11 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town known as the "ostrich capital of the world." Not so much anymore. Two major ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area have stopped offering ostrich rides to tourists, responding to...
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May 21, 2017 - 8:38 am
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A migrant worker who had just arrived in the United States to pick this year's blueberry crop has died after being shot during an armed robbery in North Carolina. Bladen County authorities tell local news outlets the man was part of a group standing in front of a home at...
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May 15, 2017 - 2:44 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Cabot cheese employee suspected of stealing machine parts from the company and using them in his side business selling maple syrup production equipment is being investigated by federal authorities. Randall Swartz is accused of buying parts for Cabot Creamery with...
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In this April 27, 2017 photo, Ben Clark walks among peach trees in full bloom at Clarkdale Orchards in Deerfield, Mass. A year after the peach crop in the northeastern U.S. hit the pits, growers and agricultural officials are anticipating a healthy rebound in 2017. (Paul Franz/Greenfield Recorder via AP)
May 14, 2017 - 12:16 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Growers and agricultural experts say the peach crop in the northeastern United States is expected to rebound this year after severe weather devastated last year's crop. Orchards across the region have come alive with pink blossoms. If the weather holds out, it could be an unusually...
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May 13, 2017 - 5:53 pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — More than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday announced the Green Chile Food Company recall for various frozen burritos containing meat and poultry, after a routine...
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May 13, 2017 - 2:15 pm
GREAT FALLS, Montana (AP) — A Montana beekeeper has recovered hives that were stolen from him in California, thanks to an agricultural sting operation. Lloyd Cunniff of Choteau reported 488 hives stolen in January, after he had transported them to California for the almond pollination season. A tip...
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Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Blum is reassuring Iowans fearful of losing health coverage that the House GOP bill is just a “tweak of Obamacare,” after campaigning on repealing the health care law _ and voting last week to gut it. The second-term Blum says “only about 10 percent of Obamacare was changed with this bill,” referring to the measure narrowly passed in the GOP-controlled House last week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 12, 2017 - 3:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — China will finally open its borders to U.S. beef while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to hitting the American market as part of a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant step in their efforts to boost U.S. exports and narrow...
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May 11, 2017 - 4:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has again overridden a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, this one on legislation limiting civil awards for neighbors who sue hog and chicken operations because of displeasure from the smells nearby. The Senate completed the...
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May 09, 2017 - 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying a rule that would require organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards. Former President Barack Obama's Agriculture Department announced the rule two days before he left office. The regulations are designed to...
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May 09, 2017 - 3:04 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says America's fishing industry declined slightly in 2015 as fishermen contended with environmental and market forces. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its "Fisheries Economics of the United States" report for 2015 on Tuesday...
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