Agriculture

August 16, 2019 - 9:24 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant...
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ADDS NAME OF IMMIGRANT - Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks in Spanish to Guatemalan immigrant Agusto Lopez Coronado in Canton, Miss., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Coronado initially declined to give his name to journalists because of fears of repercussions days after the immigration raids at chicken processing plants in Mississippi. Coronado later identified himself in an interview, saying his wife was arrested in an immigration raid Aug. 7, 2019, while she was working at a chicken processing plant in Canton and she is jailed in Louisiana while he remains in Canton caring for their three children. O’Rourke said he is concerned about people affected by the raids. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)
August 16, 2019 - 5:57 pm
CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — kicking off a new phase of his campaign he says will focus on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018 file photo, John Deere products, including a toy tractor on the sign, are on display at a home and garden trade show in Council Bluffs, Iowa. John Deere reports financial earnings Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
August 16, 2019 - 9:40 am
Deere & Co. cut its profit expectations for the second time this year as beleaguered farmers and an escalating trade war with China cut into sales. Widespread and heavy flooding severely delayed planting this year for thousands of farmers. In the 18 states that grow most of the nation's corn,...
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A monarch butterfly perches on milkweed at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. Farming and other human development have eradicated state-size swaths of its native milkweed habitat, cutting the butterfly's numbers by 90% over the last two decades. It is now under considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 13, 2019 - 7:10 pm
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and...
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Handcuffed workers await transportation to a processing center following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 09, 2019 - 6:40 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on immigration raids in Mississippi (all times local): 5:35 p.m. One of the Mississippi chicken processing plants caught in an immigration raid plans a job fair Monday. Illinois-based Koch (cook) Foods says it will be recruiting new workers for its Morton plant at a...
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Handcuffed workers await transportation to a processing center following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 09, 2019 - 1:04 am
MORTON, Miss. (AP) — The largest immigration raid in at least a decade is likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino poultry plant workers fears he'll have to close. A school superintendent is trying to rebuild trust...
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August 07, 2019 - 4:38 pm
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he's confident that they'll eventually regain the markets they've lost in the Trump administration's trade war with China. Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual trade show near the Minnesota town of Redwood...
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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, center, poses with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for photos before holding talks at the Xijiao Conference Center in Shanghai Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)
August 01, 2019 - 3:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified pressure Thursday on China to reach a trade deal by saying he will impose 10% tariffs Sept. 1 on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn't already taxed. The move immediately sent stock prices sinking. The president has already...
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FILE - In this document provided by the Clinton County Missouri Sheriff's Department shows a missing poster for Nicholas Diemel. Nicholas and his brother Justin Diemel, who owned Diemel's Livestock in Bonduel, Wis., have been missing since July 21, 2019, when they were in northwest Missouri to check cattle for their business. His wife Lisa Diemel is asking a judge to oversee the men's business. (Clinton County Missouri Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
July 31, 2019 - 6:23 pm
SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities who had been searching a Missouri farm for two missing Wisconsin brothers announced Wednesday that human remains have been found there, more than a week after the pair disappeared during a trip for their livestock business. Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said the...
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FILE- This Jan. 11, 2019, file photo shows the Impossible Burger in Bellevue, Neb. After months of shortages, Impossible Foods is partnering with a veteran food production company to ramp up supplies of its popular plant-based burgers. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
July 31, 2019 - 11:47 am
After months of shortages, Impossible Foods is partnering with a veteran food production company to ramp up supplies of its popular plant-based burgers. The Redwood City, Calif.-based startup is partnering with OSI Group, an original supplier to McDonald's and one of the world's largest food...
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