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  • Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor...

  • USDA: Illinois corn harvest continues lagging

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' corn harvest continues to lag at a pace roughly one-quarter of the average over the previous five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest weekly update. The USDA said just 6 percent of the state's corn crop has been brought in from the...

  • Higher supply, costs cut Ohio farmers' profits

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio corn farmers might be producing more crops, but the boom in supply and higher expenses are driving down profits this year. Most farmers are reporting they are producing more bushels this year, but the price they're able to get for the commodity has been roughly cut in...

  • Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

    MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. He readily admits that horse-powered farming takes more time and...

  • USDA: Rain, cold hampering Illinois corn harvest

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have slowed the state's corn harvesting to a creep, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on the heels of its forecast of a record year for production of the grain and soybeans. Illinois corn growers through Sunday had only managed...

  • Immigration is American

    America needs immigrants. Immigrants co-founded most of Silicon Valley's start-ups. The Patent Office says immigrants invent things at twice the rate of native-born Americans.

  • 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...



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