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Australia’s government blocks massive ranch sale to Chinese

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Citing national interest, the Australian government on Friday blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation’s largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattle ranches bigger than South...

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Dozens protest bill allowing diversion of Maui water

HONOLULU (AP) — Kamalani Pahukoa said her family would be able to farm all of their taro patches in Keanae if streams flowing to east Maui are restored.

Right now, the streams are currently being diverted, Pahukoa said. Her family has...

Worker dies after accident at Michigan food processing plant

EAST JORDAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old worker has died after an accident at a food processing plant in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Police and firefighters responded late Monday to Burnette Foods in East...

Louisiana lawmakers ponder hemp pilot program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn’t creating a path toward legalizing marijuana.

Montoucet’s proposal would...

H-2A delays cause worker shortages in 20 states
H-2A delays cause worker shortages in 20 states

Federal agency delays in processing visas for foreign guestworkers who tend and harvest America’s food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing crops will rot in fields this year, the American Farm Bureau Federation...

Miners sue over sage grouse land lockup
Miners sue over sage grouse land lockup

SPOKANE, Wash. — The American Exploration & Mining Association, in Spokane, has filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C., challenging federal restrictions on mineral exploration and development in Western...

Ohio Dole plant restarts production after listeria outbreak

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Officials say limited production has restarted at a Dole processing plant after an outbreak of listeriosis linked to the western Ohio facility has ended.

The Springfield News-Sun reports company officials say...

Vegan restaurants struggle with humane pest control

MIAMI (AP) — Even the wellbeing of rats, roaches and spiders are a concern for animal activists. But they also pose ethical dilemmas for owners of vegan restaurants who need to keep those pests out of their kitchens while trying to abide by...

Changing market demands challenge beef industry
Changing market demands challenge beef industry

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Changes in the beef industry, from structural issues to consumer preferences, are bringing new challenges and risks to raising cattle and marketing beef.

One of the most dangerous approaches is to do things the same...

Diminishing supply fails to lift Idaho spud prices
Diminishing supply fails to lift Idaho spud prices

ABERDEEN, Idaho — Idaho potato farmers say favorable weather conditions have helped them get an early start to planting their 2016 crop.

They’re becoming concerned, however, that prices of their 2015 spuds remain stagnant, despite...

Potatoes USA hires global retail marketing manager
Potatoes USA hires global retail marketing manager

DENVER — Potatoes USA has hired a former ConAgra Foods official to oversee its effort to bolster retail potato sales domestically and abroad.

Ross Johnson, 34, the former national account manager with ConAgra, joined the nation’s...