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Coastal Harm From Invading Saltwater ‘Happening Right Now’

The landward movement of seawater threatens drinking water supplies, coastal farming and coastal ecosystems. Rising seas, more frequent storms, higher tides, drought and the pressure of pumping for drinking water are combining to accelerate the salt invasion. New scientific research …

Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to Get Overtime Pay

SEATTLE — A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state’s dairy workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, a decision expected to apply to the rest of the agriculture industry. For …

Floods, Drought Are Destroying Crops and Sparking Food Inflation

Wild weather is wreaking havoc on crops around the world, sending their prices skyrocketing. On wheat farms in the U.S. and Russia, it’s a drought that’s ruining harvests. The soybean fields of Brazil are bone dry too, touched by little …

Report: Iowa’s Derecho Crop Losses Increase By More Than 50%

DES MOINES, Iowa — Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of crop acres …

China Floods Blamed for Fresh African Swine Fever Outbreaks

BEIJING — Outbreaks of deadly African swine fever are surging in some parts of southern China following heavy rains, analysts and industry sources said, in what could be a big setback for Beijing’s goal of replenishing pork supplies. China’s hog …

Crazy Midwest Weather Spurs Hardest Year Ever for U.S. Farms

Crazy weather that disrupted U.S. Midwest plantings is adding to farmer stress, with growers ranking 2019 as their hardest year ever. A survey conducted by Farm Futures showed that 53% of respondents said 2019 is the most difficult year they’ve …

More State Aid for Flood-damaged New York Farms

The Cuomo administration is distributing an additional $850,000 in aid for more than 100 New York farms impacted by flooding caused by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that the state funds will be distributed …

Vermont Fund Set Up to Help Irene-Ravaged Farms

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to Vermont farms damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene. The Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund was formed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Community Foundation to help farmers …

Connecticut Valley Farms Reeling from Irene’s Flooding

Floodwaters triggered when Tropical Storm Irene tore through the East Coast nearly a week ago have inundated farmland in the Connecticut River Valley, ruining crops in Connecticut and Massachusetts just before harvest and washing away valuable topsoil. In Rocky Hill, …

Farms Suffer Damage Due to Arkansas Storms

Storms that killed seven people in Arkansas and left a trail of downed power lines and toppled trees also did some harm to agricultural interests. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture says some wheat fields were flattened in Lonoke County, …