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Colorado River Nearing Crisis Point 100 Years After Compact

The intensifying crisis facing the Colorado River amounts to what is fundamentally a math problem. The 40 million people who depend on the river to fill up a glass of water at the dinner table or wash their clothes or …

Water Use Drops in July as California Deals With Drought

Californians stepped up their water conservation in July, using 10.4% less than two years ago as the state struggles with a years-long drought, state water officials said. July marks the first full month that new conservation rules like a ban …

US Farmers Battle Floods, Heat in Bid to Replenish Food Supplies

Global grain markets are at a pivot point, with prices finally starting to ease after a dizzying surge earlier this year. Where things go from here could end up being determined by farmers like Justin Sherlock and the extreme weather …

Crews Find Body of Worker Under Collapsed Iowa Grain Silo

Crews recovered the body of a man who was buried under piles of grain and debris from a collapsed grain silo in southeastern Iowa on Wednesday. The collapse happened just before 8 a.m. Tuesday at a grain elevator at Yarmouth, …

Drought in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas Opens Loans for Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says drought during the growing season has made farmers in most of Texas, all of Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi eligible to apply for federal aid. The department’s Farm Service Agency says low-interest …

AGCO Ransomware Attack Disrupts Tractor Sales During U.S. Planting Season

U.S. agricultural equipment maker AGCO Corp. said on Friday a ransomware attack was affecting operations at some of its production facilities, and dealers said tractor sales had been stalled during the crucial planting season. Georgia-based AGCO said in a statement …

Bird Flu Outbreak Nears Worst Ever in U.S. With 37 Million Dead Chickens

A bird flu virus that’s sweeping across the U.S. is rapidly becoming the country’s worst outbreak, having already killed over 37 million chickens and turkeys and with more deaths expected through next month as farmers perform mass culls across the …

Southwest Colorado Farmers Plagued by Drought

With his hands stuffed deep into his pockets, Landan Wilson looks down at the ground and scuffs his boot back and forth against the loose blades of alfalfa hay scattered on the dirt. It’s early March, and Wilson is standing …

U.S. Considers Vaccines to Protect Poultry From Deadly Bird Flu

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into vaccines as an option to protect poultry against deadly bird flu, the agency’s chief veterinary officer said as the country faces its worst outbreak since 2015. Supporters say vaccines could help keep …

California Drought Deepening as Wet Season is Anything But

California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed Friday, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state’s drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter rules on water use …