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  • Feds seek fines over grain-dust hazards in Montana

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota-based agriculture company was fined $211,000 by federal safety regulators who said Wednesday it had repeatedly failed to ensure workers weren't exposed to grain-dust hazards in Montana. CHS Inc. was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

  • Spring corn planting still sputters in key states

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — At a time most years when farmers would be in full swing of planting corn, Stanley Blunier and most other growers near his central Illinois farm still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds....

  • Trouble in Ukraine lifts prices for corn, wheat

    Unrest in the Ukraine pushed up prices for corn and wheat Tuesday. Corn rose 8 cents, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $5.02 a bushel. Wheat rose 4 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $6.80 a bushel. Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east Tuesday after...

  • Nebraska farmers starting to plant spring crops

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska farmers are just beginning to plant their spring crops, but the U.S. Agriculture Department says conditions remain dry across a large part of the state. The USDA says much of western Nebraska continues to experience severe drought. And only about 46 percent of...

  • Nonprofit's Detroit agriculture work moves ahead

    DETROIT (AP) — A nonprofit's plans to create agriculture projects in Detroit neighborhoods are moving forward. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1iCBjn7 ) RecoveryPark began construction Friday of a high-tunnel greenhouse in which more than two dozen varieties of herbs and...

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up...

  • Harry Reid: Supporters of Nevada rancher are 'domestic terrorists'

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been fighting with the federal government over grazing, "domestic terrorists."

  • Grant money increases for Michigan specialty crops

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says $66 million is available nationwide to state departments of agriculture for specialty crops.

  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    BEIJING (AP) — Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's...

  • Coffee surges on renewed concern about crop

    The price of coffee surged on Thursday on renewed concerns about the outlook for Brazil's crop. Coffee for July delivery jumped 15.25 cents, or 8.1 percent, to $2.04 per pound. The price of coffee beans has risen about 85 percent this year on concerns that dry weather in Brazil will damage the...

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. "Simply put, we are working to deliver high volumes of fertilizer into the marketplace as...

  • Competing bills in Congress and Vermont revive GMO debate

    Two competing pieces of legislation -- one in Congress and another in Vermont -- are reviving debate over genetically modified foods. On Capitol Hill, Rep. Mike Pompeo has a bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration the sole authority to require labeling to indicate that foods have...

  • Va. boasts 240-plus farmers' markets

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is seeing an explosion of farmers' markets. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 240 farmers' markets statewide. That's a 180 percent increase since 2006. The department says besides the fresh farm products...

  • Cattlemen's group won't get involved in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's dispute with government

    A Nevada cattle rancher group expressed sympathy for embattled cattleman Cliven Bundy in his increasingly tense confrontation with the federal government over grazing rights, but it stopped short of getting involved. "Nevada Cattlemen's Association does not feel it is our place to interfere in...

  • Soybean prices rise on signs of strong demand

    Soybean futures are higher as traders see more signs of strong demand for beans. Wheat futures are lower. The actively traded contract for soybeans delivered in July rose 21 cents to $15.09 a bushel Wednesday. Brandon Marshall, commodity trader with Northstar Commodity in Minneapolis, said...



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