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Wild Weather Plagues North America Grain Crops as Demand Surges

The world is counting on farmers in North America for big harvests of everything from corn to canola this year. Due to weird weather patterns, growers will likely come up short. The U.S. and Canada are seeing unusual variability in …

Western Drought Brings Another Woe: Voracious Grasshoppers

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest …

Dead ‘Murder Hornet’ Near Seattle is 1st Found in US in 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday. Entomologists from the state and U.S. Agriculture departments …

Cannabis Boom Creates Fears of Increasing Illicit Trade

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — On a sunny spring day in Southern Oregon’s Illinois Valley, Mason Walker is showing off rows of neatly planted marijuana. “We have a permanent trellising system that’s installed almost in a vineyard style,” Walker, co-owner …

US Farmers Finally See Better Outlook After 2 Odd Years

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — In 43 years of farming, Morey Hill had seen crop-destroying weather, rock-bottom prices, trade fights and surges in government aid, but not until last year had he endured it all in one season. Now, as Hill …

Facing Severe Drought, North Dakotans Turn to Higher Sources

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Leaders of a Bismarck church last Sunday morning took the first steps in organizing a communitywide prayer effort aimed at ending the state’s drought, which continues to worsen. The timing of that message may have helped …

Epic Drought Means Water Crisis on Oregon-California Border

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal …

Growth in Grain Storage Prompts Safety Reminder to Farmers

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — On-farm grain storage is on the rise with additional bins being built on farms and on commercial sites, creating a greater risk of fatal mishaps for individuals working in and around them. The checkoff organizations of …

Danish Government Gets Backing for Plan to Cull Minks

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Danish government said Tuesday that a majority in parliament backed its decision to cull the country’s 15 million minks over concerns about a mutated version of the virus that has spread among the animals. The government …

Farm Industry Braces for Tougher Eye on Practices Under Biden

American agriculture is bracing for tougher scrutiny of practices from environmental protections to workplace safety in the transition from the anti-regulatory regime under President Donald Trump to the Biden administration. The key question will be the magnitude of pressure, amid …