Tag: Agriculture and Farming

California and Water: Half Environmental Nightmare, Half Remarkable Success Story

THE DREAMT LANDChasing Water and Dust Across CaliforniaBy Mark Arax When delegates to the second International Irrigation Congress convened in Los Angeles in October 1893, pessimism about their mission was not supposed to be on the agenda. The gathering, after all, was meant to encourage reclamation of arid lands throughout the American West, using irrigation […]

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On a Dutch Island, Sunsets, Bike Rides and the Great Lamb Chase

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Congratulations on Fixing the Border, Mr. President!

Remember that time when Donald Trump was going to win the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the threat of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula? It was almost exactly a year ago. The president was about to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Singapore. A group of House Republicans nominated the president for a Nobel […]

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Paralysis on America’s Rivers: There’s Too Much Water

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Marty Shell just wanted the lights back on. Nineteen barges bound for nowhere were tied up along the swollen riverbank. Dark warehouses full of flooded fertilizer reeked with a sulfuric stench that made it painful to inhale. The river system, which for decades provided Mr. Shell a livelihood, now spreads only […]

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Warning of ‘Pig Zero’: One Drugmaker’s Push to Sell More Antibiotics

Facing a surge in drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organization issued a plea to farmers two years ago: “Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals.” But at last year’s big swine industry trade show, the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, one of the largest manufacturers of drugs for livestock was pushing the opposite message. “Don’t […]

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‘Food Doesn’t Grow Here Anymore. That’s Why I Would Send My Son North.’

NENTÓN, Guatemala — To understand why President Trump’s new sanctions and other flailing to end Central American immigration aren’t working, step into the dark, melancholy hovel of Ana Jorge Jorge. She lives in Guatemala’s western highlands in the hillside village of Canquintic, near the town of Nentón, and she’s a widow because of the American […]

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A Day at Queens Farm (and the Restaurants You Should Dig Into Afterward)

You’re reading Summer in the City, our limited-edition newsletter that rounds up the best things to do in New York City during the hottest season of the year. Sign up here to get future editions delivered to your inbox. The Game Plan What to do After a week spent staring at a screen, don’t you […]

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Zen and the Art of Australian Winemaking

MARGARET RIVER, Australia — On a warm, sunny day in February, Will Berliner, the proprietor of Cloudburst, crouched and scuttled under the bird netting that had been draped over the vines in his small vineyard just two miles from the Indian Ocean here in Western Australia. I followed, ignoring my aching muscles and sore feet. […]

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Modi’s Problems at Home Overshadow Trump’s Latest Trade Threat to India

MUMBAI, India — President Trump has made India the latest target in his widening global trade war, but the country’s newly re-elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, has bigger problems to address. On Friday — the first day of Mr. Modi’s second term, and the same day the White House terminated a special trade status for […]

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As Trade War Spreads to Mexico, Companies Lose a Safe Harbor

When trade tensions with China flared last year, many companies sought refuge in a country with a long, stable relationship with the United States: Mexico. Now, that alternative for production and materials may also be in jeopardy with President Trump’s threat to impose escalating tariffs on imports from Mexico, aimed at forcing action on illegal […]

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Floods and Trump’s Trade War Create an Uncertain Year for Farmers

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Corn prices are rising as surging floodwaters and soaking rains — combined with President Trump’s trade war with China — are making it an exceptionally difficult year for farmers facing risky choices about what crops to plant, or whether to […]

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Trump’s Tariff Threat Sends Mexico, Lawmakers and Businesses Scrambling

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s threat to punish Mexico with tariffs until it restrains the flow of migrants across the southwestern border rattled financial markets on Friday and prompted an outcry from the Mexican government, American businesses and Republican lawmakers, who accused Mr. Trump of overstepping his authority and pressed him to back down. The president […]

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Trump Administration Lifts Ethanol-Fuel Ban That Was Meant to Cut Smog

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Friday that it has lifted a summertime ban on the use of E15, a gasoline blend made of 15 percent ethanol. The move is designed to help corn and soybean farmers harmed by President […]

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Millennials ‘Make Farming Sexy’ in Africa, Where Tilling the Soil Once Meant Shame

AGOTIME BEH, Ghana — After he graduated from university, Vozbeth Kofi Azumah was reluctant to tell anyone — even his mother — what he planned to do for a living. “I’m a farmer,” he said, buzzing his motorcycle between freshly plowed fields on a recent afternoon. “Here, that’s an embarrassment.” In some parts of the […]

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Donald Trump’s Great Patriotic Wars

The Trump administration has been trying out a fresh line with the American public of late: Patriotism requires sacrifice. As the president’s trade wars drag on, putting the economic bite on a growing number of Americans, his team is scrambling to put a nationalist gloss on his protectionist gamble, spinning it as a noble crusade […]

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