agriculture News

Officials: Estimated 100,000 Hens Died in Connecticut Fire

BOZRAH, Conn. (AP) — An estimated 100,000 hens died in a weekend fire at a Connecticut farm owned by one of the country’s largest egg producers, Connecticut officials confirmed Monday. It’s one of several such fires that have killed millions …

California Storms Have Farmers Rushing to Avoid Crop Shortfall

California farmers are facing costly damages from weeks of severe storms that may trigger more expensive US fruits and vegetables in a time of massive food inflation. “The numbers are going to be somewhere in the hundreds of millions and …

Sheriff’s Office Tags Half Moon Bay Shooting as Workplace Violence

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — An agricultural worker killed seven people in back-to-back shootings at two mushroom farms that had employed him in Northern California and the massacre is believed to be a “workplace violence incident,” officials said Tuesday …

Serbian TV: 2 Missing as Rains Causes Flooding in Southwest

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Emergency teams in Serbia are searching for two people who were swept away by a swollen river in a southwestern town, state RTS television reported on Thursday. Heavy rainfall this week across the Balkans has caused …

$698M Deal to End Monsanto PCB Pollution Lawsuit in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, will pay Oregon $698 million to end a lawsuit over PCB pollution associated with products made by Monsanto, the agriculture giant it now owns, the state’s attorney general announced …

USDA: Florida Orange Crop Down 36% After Twin Hurricanes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Production of oranges in Florida this season is forecast to be down 36% from earlier estimates, in part a reflection of twin hurricanes that battered growing regions, according to U.S. Agriculture Department figures released Friday. …

Christmas Tree Sellers Feel Effects of New Mexico Wildfire

MORA, N.M. (AP) _ The Monday after Thanksgiving, Deanna Trujillo stood in the bed of her truck, watching Christmas tree after Christmas tree pile up in her trailer. There were 101 in total _ Trujillo, who sells Mora-grown Christmas trees …

Feral Hog Control: Eight Years, Some Progress, $2.5 Billion Damage/Year

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eight years into a U.S. program to control damage from feral pigs, the invasive animals with big appetites and snouts that uproot anything that smells good are still a multibillion-dollar plague on farmers, wildlife and the …

Bird Flu Prompts Slaughter of 1.8M Chickens in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 …

Two Farmers Indicted in Kentucky Crop Insurance Fraud

Two Kentucky farmers and a relative have been indicted for falsifying crop damage and exaggerating the size of their fields in order to reap crop insurance benefits. A federal grand jury last week charged Randall Taulbee and James McDonald, of …