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  • San Francisco to be 1st to test urban farming law

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break, a newspaper reported. The measure lets cities and towns lower the assessed value — and therefore the property taxes — on...

  • NY farmers seek solutions to invasive berry pest

    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A new invasive insect has devastated northeastern berry crops, and growers are working with Cornell University plant experts to develop strategies to fight it. Binghamton apple grower Dave Johnson tells The Ithaca Journal (http://ithacajr.nl/1nPmhK8 ) that the Asian...

  • Early Oregon pear harvest falls below expectations

    MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Midway through an early harvest, one of the world's largest pear growers says its Rogue Valley crop isn't meeting expectations. Medford-based Naumes Inc. said the harvest is two weeks ahead of schedule and it looks like the yield will be 15 percent below normal. The company...

  • Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

    MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Agricultural equipment manufacturers and farmers say machinery sales have fallen recently because of lower commodity prices and changes to a federal tax break. Shawn Berry said at a sales event in South Dakota that the Ohio-based company he represents could end this fiscal...

  • California lifts part of quarantine on grape pest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal agricultural officials are partially lifting a quarantine imposed for a moth that's eating grapes in Northern California's wine country. California Agriculture Secretary Karen Moss said Friday that authorities had lifted the quarantine for the...

  • Black sea bass fishery to see new rules in Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery officials on Friday proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state's waters. The regulations would govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species, said Maine Department of Marine Resources...

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...

  • Rauner broadens Ag Department patronage criticism

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The GOP candidate for Illinois governor broadened his criticism of state agriculture officials Wednesday, saying the department was "full of cronyism" and has "folks running things that generally don't have much expertise." Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner's statements...

  • Audit: $662,000 given to failing farmer's market

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer's market, according to an audit. The report follows an audit detailing problems under former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass. The main issue stemmed...

  • GOP: Come clean on water rule

    House Republicans are suspicious of a proposed EPA rule, one they say could subject lots of private property to federal regulation.

  • Rauner: Dept. of Agriculture 'full of cronyism'

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The GOP candidate for Illinois governor says if elected he'd work to overhaul the state Department of Agriculture. Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) is a Winnetka businessman. He told attendees at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau that the...

  • Online food stamp fraud growing, GAO reports

    One online posting in Raleigh, N.C., offered 10 days of cooking and cleaning services in exchange for food stamps. Someone in Charlotte offered to exchange beer for food stamps, according to GAO.

  • North Dakota winter wheat crop hurt by disease

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Some North Dakota grain elevators are urging farmers to bin their newly harvested winter wheat until the market figures out what to do with a heavily diseased crop. The crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe...

  • Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan

    CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims that they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan. The workers are...

  • Lobbying fight kicks off as ethanol rules sent to the White House

    The Environmental Protection Agency sent the Office of Management and Budget a long-awaited proposal for review that would set the federal target for blending biofuels into gasoline.



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