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  • Iowa candidates farm for votes

    One of the most important Senate contests in this midterm election cycle -- and one of the tightest, according to recent public polling -- could hinge on winning over the Hawkeye State's agriculture industry.

  • Slow Money invests in small food enterprises

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Consumers who want to support local food and farms now have another way in addition to buying locally produced veggies, meats and cheeses. The so-called "Slow Money" network links entrepreneurs with investors who want to support a stronger local food system. Since 2010,...

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion...

  • USDA: Stink bug peak Oct. 1; brown homes attract the most

    The annual march of the stink bugs in 41 states is underway and will peak around Oct. 1, with houses painted brown and sealed in wood siding attracting the most pests, according to a new federal report.

  • States pushing through labeling for 'frankenfoods'

    State legislatures in Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Maine passed laws in 2013-14 mandating genetically modified food labeling and the issue has been put on the November ballot in Colorado and Oregon.

  • Zoetis gets conditional OK on pig virus vaccine

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Animal health company Zoetis has received conditional approval from federal regulators for a vaccine that helps fight a virus that has killed millions of piglets since it started showing up in the United States last year. The Florham Park, New Jersey, company said...

  • Correction: Illinois Election-Farm Forum story

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In an Aug. 27 story about an Illinois agricultural forum, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the forum was coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau, based on information from a bureau official. The event was coordinated by the Illinois Agricultural Legislative...

  • 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...

  • 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...



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