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RALEIGH, N.C. - If you find yourself sipping a cold brew with a piece of watermelon in your hand this summer, you can thank the bees for making that snack possible. Bees pollinate almost three-quarters of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the world's food supply, say advocates working on a campaign to protect bees from insecticides. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Last week, the ...

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The USDA has released its 2017 Agriculture Census revealing an-depth look at agriculture in the state since the last census was released five years ago.

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WASHINGTON - The Trump administration proposed new immigration rules Monday for temporary agricultural workers that officials said would make it easier for employers to apply for the visas. The regulatory changes will play out in a charged political climate on immigration as the president has clamped down on border crossings and promised a series of raids against undocumented immigrants around ...

The USDA Grains Supply and Demand (WASDE) Report released on July 11 did not seem to have any impact on corn and soybean prices, even though some of the data was somewhat “bearish” toward the grain markets. In fact, prices for both corn and soybeans increased immediately following the WASDE report. The report increased the 2019 U.S. planted corn acreage and lowered the national soybean acreage from the June estimates, which matched the crop acreage numbers in the June 28 USDA crop acreage report. However, many private crop analysts are questioning the USDA acreage numbers and feel there could be further adjustments in the coming months.

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WASHINGTON - Just days after another federal agency suspended its periodical study of honey bee populations, the EPA greenlighted the wider use of a pesticide that environmental activists warn could further decimate the pollinators. A major conservation group says it will take the agency to court over the decision. The EPA said Friday it was permitting the broader use of the pesticide ...

Salk Institute researchers say they've discovered a gene in plants that controls how deep their roots grow. The discovery advances Salk's new Harnessing Plants Initiative to soak up carbon from the atmosphere, said Wolfgang Busch, who led the study. By storing carbon in roots, the initiative seeks to mitigate global warming. The finding also opens a new area of research in the complicated web ...

MINNEAPOLIS - Pressure is mounting on Cargill Inc. to do more for native vegetation in Brazil, South America's food powerhouse. Environmental groups want the Minnetonka, Minn.-based grain trader and food processor to intervene in the clearing of habitats in the Cerrado region of central and southern Brazil, particularly for soybean production, as it did previously in the Amazon region in that ...