Agriculture

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, scallop meat is shucked at sea off Harpswell, Maine. The state's scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018, marking the first time in several years that the valuable fishery has taken a step back. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 09, 2019 - 9:33 am
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine's scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018, marking the first time in several years that the valuable fishery has taken a step back. The Pine Tree State's scallop harvest is a drop in the bucket within the worldwide scallop industry, but the state's scallops...
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In this Monday, March 4, 2019, photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the Future Farmers of America and Johnston High School students in Johnston, Iowa. President Donald Trump’s willingness to engage in international trade fights has set off volleys of retaliatory tariffs that are driving down the price of pork, corn and soybeans in Iowa and elsewhere. Pompeo sought to calm some of those nerves Monday even as he warned that Chinese theft of technology affects agriculture, too. “The good news is this _ help is on the way,” Pompeo said. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 07, 2019 - 12:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's willingness to engage in international trade fights has him walking a political tightrope: Going to bat for steel and aluminum makers has endeared him to many voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where steel production is a matter of economic pride. But it...
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Bottles of Canola Harvest brand canola oil, manufactured by Canadian agribusiness firm Richardson International, are seen on the shelf of a grocery store in Beijing, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. One of Canada's largest grain processors said Tuesday that China has revoked its permit to export canola there, a move that some saw as retaliation for the Canadian government's arrest of a top executive for the Chinese tech giant Huawei. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 07, 2019 - 2:13 am
BEIJING (AP) — Imports of canola, a Canadian oilseed crop, will now undergo more thorough inspections in China, the country's customs agency said Thursday, amid what appears to be a retaliatory move amid a diplomatic row over the arrest of a Chinese executive. Relations between Canada and China...
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In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, Colton Welch, a junior at the State University of New York at Morrisville, N.Y., tends hydroponic tomato plants which will provide students with data applicable to cannabis cultivation. The college's new minor in cannabis studies is among a handful of new university programs aimed at preparing students for careers in marijuana and hemp industries. (AP Photo/Marry Esch)
March 04, 2019 - 2:40 pm
Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana. "My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. "I say...
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FILE-In this Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, a lobster walks on the ocean floor near a lobster trap off Biddeford, Maine. Maine officials say lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore in 2018, with the second-highest value on record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File
March 01, 2019 - 9:14 am
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore last year, an increase that helped to propel the total value of Maine's seafood to the second-highest value on record, state officials said Friday. The value...
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February 28, 2019 - 9:44 am
GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization panel has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over agricultural subsidies, saying Beijing went beyond WTO limits in its support for wheat and rice producers. The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body on Thursday found China exceeded...
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February 27, 2019 - 8:43 am
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A proposed $2 billion wind farm planned for federal waters off Martha's Vineyard has received key approval from Rhode Island regulators. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in a unanimous vote Tuesday determined that the project is consistent with state...
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February 25, 2019 - 1:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge on Monday approved a $120 million court settlement from the nation's largest-known natural gas leak. Judge Carolyn Kuhl in Los Angeles Superior Court signed a consent decree putting the settlement into effect after saying her role was limited in overseeing a...
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February 23, 2019 - 12:29 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government. The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson...
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February 23, 2019 - 11:41 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a "product like any other." Macron's speech at his country's premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging...
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