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France threatens to torpedo U.S.-Europe trade deal

PARIS (AP) — France is threatening to reject a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it’s too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.

Signs of trouble are dogging the creation of a...

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Above-average fire year ahead in Hawaii, Alaska, Southwest

Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest face an above-average threat of wildfires this summer, but most of the country should see normal or below-normal problems, forecasters said Sunday.

The National Interagency Fire Center’s outlook for the...

Bird flu quarantine lifted at last of 10 Indiana farms

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Animal health officials have lifted their quarantine on the last of 10 southwestern Indiana poultry farms where a bird flu outbreak discovered in January impacted the state’s top turkey-producing region.

The...

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...

Arizona Senate advances bill increasing minimum wage

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican-backed legislation that blocks municipalities from setting their own minimum wage and increases it at a rate they say is agreeable to businesses advanced in the Senate on Thursday.

The proposal is the latest...

Commodity groups seek freedom of information exemption for checkoff boards
Commodity groups seek freedom of information exemption for checkoff boards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several agricultural organizations have gotten language included in the pending fiscal year 2017 House Agricultural Appropriations Bill asking USDA to exempt research and promotion boards funded by grower checkoff fees from...

Electric motor problem likely cause of fire that killed 80,000 chickens

LEBANON, Conn. (AP) — A fire at a Connecticut egg farm that killed an estimated 80,000 chickens was likely caused by an overheated electric motor.

Fire Marshal Scott Schuett said the official cause of the fire Tuesday at Kofkoff Egg Farms...

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...

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