Agriculture

FILE - In this September, 2017, photo, a minke whale is unloaded at a port after a whaling for scientific purposes in Kushiro, in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Japan says it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts but says it will no longer go to the Antarctic to hunt. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, that Japan's commercial whaling will be limited to its territorial and economic waters.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
December 20, 2018 - 6:15 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts, the Fisheries Agency said Thursday, after unsuccessfully campaigning for decades within the organization to gain support for the cause. The agency said officials haven't made a final decision...
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This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., Sheriff's Office shows Gustavo Garcia. Central California authorities say Garcia, who went on a robbery, shooting and carjacking rampage, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in a high-speed crash during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars. (Tulare County Sheriff's Office via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 12:06 am
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man who went on a deadly shooting, carjacking and robbery rampage in California's Central Valley died Monday during a high-speed highway chase during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars, authorities said. Gustavo Garcia, 36, of Visalia was pronounced...
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December 17, 2018 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs. In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he is fulfilling a promise to protect farmers against "unjustified...
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December 14, 2018 - 2:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — That wild sockeye salmon in the refrigerated aisle may be straight from the fish farm, New York's attorney general said in a report released Friday. The report from Attorney General Barbara Underwood found that more than one-fourth of the seafood her office sampled in a statewide...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle as seen from a federal research vessel that had been tracking the whales. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban to help support the recovery of Puget Sound's critically endangered orcas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 13, 2018 - 5:46 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2018 file photo, a sign designates the type of crop grown in a field as it stands ready to plant another hemp crop for Big Top Farms near Sisters, Ore. Hemp is about to get the federal legalization that marijuana, its cannabis cousin, craves. That unshackling at the national level sets the stage for greater expansion in an industry seeing explosive growth through demand for CBDs, the non-psychoactive compound in hemp that many see as a way to better health. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
December 13, 2018 - 2:29 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves. A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC...
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Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., speaks during an interview with Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace and Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro, at the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 12, 2018 - 11:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama's soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are "scared to death" over President Donald Trump's tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the...
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In this November 2018 photo, Casey Grogan, owner of Silver Bells Tree Farm and president of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association, trims a noble fir at his 400-acre Christmas tree farm in Silverton, Ore. Christmas tree farmers are pushing back against the increasing popularity of artificial trees with a social media advertising campaign called "It's Christmas. Keep It Real!" (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
December 11, 2018 - 2:07 am
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents...
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FILE - This May 28, 2015 file photo shows cheddar cheese Madison, Wis. The practice of adding color to cheddar cheese reaches back to when cheesemakers in England skimmed the butterfat from milk to make butter, according to Elizabeth Chubbuck of Murray’s Cheese in New York. The leftover milk was whiter, so pigments were added to recreate butterfat’s golden hue, she said. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 10:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren't going to stop playing into those perceptions. What's...
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In a January 23, 1977 photo, Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, center, talks with guests at a National Press Club reception. Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at a nursing home in Roseau, in northern Minnesota according to his daughter, Linda Vatnsdal. He was 90. (Kent Kobersteen/Star Tribune via AP)
December 09, 2018 - 9:30 pm
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near...
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