AUSTIN, Texas — The kick-off to the 2019 potato conference season began last week in Austin, Texas, with the National Potato Conference’s 11th annual Potato Expo in the Austin Convention Center.

BEIJING — Three days of U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a costly tariff battle wrapped up Wednesday in an optimistic atmosphere after President Donald Trump said they were “going very well!”

WASHINGTON — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the USDA last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by Pres…

BISMARCK, N.D. — The resumption of soybean sales to China last week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade dispute with the world’s second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.

LEBANON, Tenn. — The Trump administration on Tuesday called on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw Obama-era restrictions on many of the country’s waterways and wetlands.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA) — More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year.

BOISE — Eastern Idaho may be poised to lose farmland managed for wildlife habitat, erosion control and water-quality enhancement under the federal Conservation Reserve Program.

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Every day, a joyful man in dung-covered boots tries to balance the world’s karma by dishing out love, compassion, and the occasional fried Indian delight to his ragtag herd of cows.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Trump administration proposed rollbacks on federal wetland protections Tuesday, a move some say will help Wyoming farmers, developers and miners do business.

WASHINGTON — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Whether it’s managing Prairie Woods Golf Course or growing corn and soybeans at his farm east of Janesville, Bob Dorr likes to keep his income diversified.

AMARILLO, Texas — In a converted gas station on the bend of Plains Boulevard resides Richard Oliver, his two sons, Bryan and Zeb, and a small group of employees busy with handiwork in a business that’s not found much of anywhere any longer.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon.

NEW YORK — After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations.

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — He loves the limelight, knows how to work a crowd and patiently puts up with the fans who reach out to stroke his silky blonde hair.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that’s m…

MADISON, Wis. — Cranberries are so entrenched in Wisconsin that there are significant research efforts under way in the state to support the industry.

COOPER, Texas (AP) — On a dark, muddy, will-it-ever-stop-raining recent Friday, Roy and Sofia Martinez took shelter in the hoop house at Rae Lili Farm in Cooper with chef Matt McCallister and his team.

ST. LOUIS — Farmers and ranchers in parts of the Midwest are fending off a new menace: the federally protected black vultures, which swoop down and peck newborn calves and other small animals to death.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — There is life — tiny, microbial, can’t-see-it-with-the-naked-eye life — teeming in the dirt under our feet. It’s a complex, largely unexplored world — and thanks to the efforts of a Minnesota scientist, is becoming one of the newest frontiers of farming and science.

WASHINGTON — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” a…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Nov. 16 to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Farm bill negotiators in Congress have struggled to resolve differences over work requirements for food stamp recipients, but the Senate’s top Republican guarantees the final version will include legalization of hemp.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — High production costs and falling commodity prices over the past four years are forcing more and more dairy farmers out of business in Iowa and other dairy states, according to agribusiness experts and farm groups.

KASSON, Minn. — While Mollie Allen may live just two blocks from Kasson-Mantorville High School, her heart is on the farm.

WASHINGTON — The USDA’s internal watchdog will examine the agency’s plan to restructure its top independent research office and move it out of the District of Columbia, actions some lawmakers and staff fear could leave research on contentious issues like climate change and the social safety …

SAN FRANCISCO — California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure Tuesday requiring that all eggs sold in the state come from cage-free hens by 2022.