PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand — How do you stop a cow from burping?
ANANTAPUR, India — Ramesh Hanumaiya digs a few inches into his field with his hand and examines the soil. There is movement in the thick, brown earth: Tiny earthworms being disturbed from their homestead.
QUESADA, Spain — An extremely hot, dry summer that shrank reservoirs and sparked forest fires is now threatening the heartiest of Spain's staple crops: the olives that make the European country the world's leading producer and exporter of the tiny green fruits that are pressed into golden oil.
ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Adam Thomas starts harvesting soybeans on his Illinois farm when the dew burns off in the morning. This year, dry weather accelerated the work, allowing him to start early. His problem was getting the soybeans to market.
SALEM, Ore. — Thousands of immigrants working on southern Oregon illegal marijuana farms that authorities say are run by foreign cartels are living in squalid conditions and are sometimes being cheated and threatened by their gangland bosses.
ORACLE — Increasing the resiliency of food production during ongoing climate change and bolstering renewable energy production are both fundamental challenges in today’s world.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sixth-generation rancher Devere Dressler remembers seeing the Carson River teeming with fish as it flowed out of the eastern Sierra Nevada range, where the peaks were always capped with snow.
OMAHA, Neb. — Rural America lost more population in the latest census, highlighting an already severe worker shortage in the nation’s farming and ranching regions and drawing calls from those industries for immigration reform to help ease the problem.
ELOY — A small, often overlooked shrub could make a big difference in the rubber industry and it could change the face of farming in Pinal County.
SACATON — A riverbed that has been parched since the end of the 19th century — a portion of the historic lifeblood of the Gila River Indian Community — is now coursing again with water, luring things like cattails and birds back to its shores.
The world likely can’t keep global warming to a relatively safe minimum unless we change how we grow, eat and throw away our food, but we don’t need to all go vegan, a new study says.
PHOENIX — Thousands of gallons of wasted milk. Unpredictable, zigzagging prices. Abrupt dips and surges in demand.
SACATON — The cool, wet weather at the beginning of the year and the slow start to the monsoon season caused a number of delays in starting or growing cotton and tepary beans, but Terry and Ramona Button of Ramona Farms still have high hopes for this year’s harvest.
FLORENCE — Bowl with pumpkins and play other midway games, enjoy food and wander through a 3-acre corn maze on weekends Oct. 11 through Halloween at the Rankin Family Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, 924 W. Butte Ave., next to the Windmill Winery.
CASA GRANDE — As the housing market in Casa Grande and Pinal County picks up and water allotments get smaller, the pressure to sell land is growing on Pinal farmers.
COOLIDGE — When life gives people lemons, they should make lemonade. When life gives an irrigation district a drought, they should make the most of the land.
COOLIDGE — The San Carlos Irrigation Project will have two extensive dry-up periods on the canal system this year and next due to continued construction on the Pima Lateral and Florence-Casa Grande Canal, the project announced.
ELEVEN MILE CORNER -- When Stockton, California-area farmer Andy Stein drove his “Freedom Coach” recreational vehicle to Arizona in September to visit cotton grower Nancy Caywood, he brought with him two buckets of dirt.
RANDOLPH — Community garden volunteers recently tried out their new two-wheel tractor, an Italian product with a Honda motor designed for gardens or small farms with hilly terrain.
ELEVEN MILE CORNER — An area farmer who couldn’t plant cotton last year due to water shortages has planted about 20 acres this year, but she says her family is now considering other, less water-reliant crops for the future.
ELOY — The University of Arizona and the tire company Bridgestone Americas have teamed up to research a new source of natural rubber that can supplement the company’s current sources and provide Arizona farmers with a new drought-resistant crop.
PHOENIX — The median age of a farmer or rancher in Arizona is 55 to 64. It’s part of a nationwide trend as fewer young people go into agriculture. But three Arizona millennials are hoping to use their passion and the technology they grew up with to ensure the future of the state’s agribusine…
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Peter van Wingerden’s dairy farm smells just like any other farm — the rich aroma of cow manure and grass hangs in the air around the unusual stable housing the cattle. The farm itself is far from traditional.
MARICOPA — Large areas around Maricopa are dedicated to agriculture, a resource that has provided for the community since the 1930s.
MARICOPA — Nearly 80 years ago, the Italian Amadio family emigrated from New Zealand to the small town of Lehi, Arizona, bordering Mesa. The Amadios brought with them their love of growing, sharing and exchanging food crops with their community. It was a way a life, and a happy one.
MESA — Dairy farmers in Arizona are dealing with challenges brought by tariffs and competition from alternative-milk products, such as almond and soy milk, as well as persistent drought across the Southwest. But they’re forming new partnerships and adjusting their agricultural practices to s…
SAN TAN VALLEY — While much of San Tan Valley has a suburban feel to it, the area surrounding Combs High School remains quite rural.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The number of wolves in Washington state is likely much higher than previously thought, according to a University of Washington researcher who spent two years studying the animals using scat-sniffing dogs.
ELEVEN MILE CORNER — A row of one-room cabins, built in the World War II era and once temporary homes for migrant farmworkers, now sits empty on Caywood Farms, near Eleven Mile Corner.
COOLIDGE — Pinal County has a rich history, especially when it comes to families with a longstanding heritage in farming and agriculture.
COOLIDGE — With the traditional start of the harvest season, those driving through Pinal County have likely noticed a peculiarity — there just isn’t as much farming as usual. But what could seem like a mystery has a very simple answer: You can’t farm if there isn’t any water.
CASA GRANDE — After months of tariffs and trade wars, local experts say Arizona agriculture is being impacted by low prices and uncertainty about the future.
MARICOPA — Growing the most superior plants in the quickest manner is the goal of high throughput phenotyping, or HTP, and that is exactly what researchers at the Arid Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa are trying to accomplish.
MARICOPA — In a time when sufficient water supply is uncertain, it is important to start planning for the possibility of shortages. Sensing that urgency, Kelly Thorp and his team at the Arid Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa are preparing for that possibility.
Pests — especially whiteflies and lygus bugs — attack central Arizona cotton fields and lower yields, but farmers are making steady progress toward winning the war, and the good news in central Arizona is being shared around the world.
TUCSON — A native bee wraps its hind legs around a flower and vibrates its wings to unlock the flower’s hidden treasure –pollen. Its fuzzy body coated in yellow, the bee flies off to discover its next pot of gold.