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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 …

After $1.8 Billion Ian Hit, Florida’s Farmers Brace for Nicole

Florida’s produce industry took an almost $2 billion hit from Hurricane Ian and is now bracing for more as Tropical Storm Nicole follows a track toward the state’s eastern shores. The Sunshine State is the top US supplier of fruits …

Puerto Rico Struggles to Recover After Hurricane Razed Crops

ABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Fiona destroyed $159 million worth of crops in Puerto Rico when it hit a month ago, decimating fields of plantains, bananas and other crops, the island’s agriculture minister said Tuesday. The U.S. territory’s fragile …

UN Appeals for $160M to Help Pakistan amid ‘Epochal’ Floods

CHARSADDA, Pakistan —The United Nations appealed on Tuesday for $160 million to help Pakistan as army helicopters rescued stranded families and dropped food packages into inaccessible areas following “epochal” rains and flooding. The historic deluge, mainly triggered by abnormal monsoon …

8th Circuit Upholds Verdict Against Monsanto, but Orders New Trial on Punitive Damages

A federal appellate court on Thursday upheld a $15 million damage award to a Missouri peach farmer whose crops were damaged by pesticides that drifted off of nearby fields, but overturned a $60 million punitive damage award and ordered a …

Officials Try to Deliver Aid to Flooded South Asia Villages

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in India and Bangladesh struggled Monday to deliver food and drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from their homes in days of flooding that have submerged wide swaths of the countries. The …

Drought Ravages Some French Crops, Key Regions Uncertain – Expert

PARIS —Extremely dry weather has caused severe damage to grain crops in some parts of France and substantial rain will be needed by early June to allow those in large producing regions to pull through, a technical institute said on …

Beekeepers Turn to Anti-Theft Technology as Hive Thefts Rise

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — For a few frenzied weeks, beekeepers from around the United States truck billions of honeybees to California to rent them to almond growers who need the insects to pollinate the state’s most valuable crop. But as …

Global Food Costs Surge to Decade High as Drought Parches Crops

Global food prices have extended their rally to the highest in almost a decade, heightening concerns over bulging grocery bills at a time when economies are struggling to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. A United Nations gauge of world food costs …

New Mexico Acequias Prepare for Brutal Year Amid Drought

TALPA, N.M. (AP) — It was a scenic day in Talpa, a small village in Taos County, and that concerned Darryl Maestas. The sky was blue, temperatures were warm and a slight breeze moved through the valley. Meanwhile, the clear …