Pecan weevil threatens New Mexico’s orchards

Quarantines enacted in four counties: A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico’s biggest cash crops. An investigation by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record found an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could derail New Read More …

Biological weapons: Another threat from North Korea

Preparation is ‘urgent and necessary’: Under the cover of farm facilities, North Korean chemists may be weaponizing some the world’s deadliest diseases—such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera—which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic were unleashed. A report Read More …

Longer flowering season is…bad for bees?

There are fewer blooms for bees: Today in weird climate change news, it looks like a longer flowering season isn’t necessarily a better one. According to North Carolina State University scientists referencing 40 years’ worth of climate data, plants are producing Read More …

Infernos scorch vast swaths of land in wine country

Massive wildfires burned out of control in the wine country of California’s Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and shutting down major roadways as firefighters sought to Read More …

Farmers don’t have enough workers to harvest their crops

Immigration fears exacerbate farmworker shortage: Farmers from Georgia to California say they have a problem: not enough workers to harvest their crops. It’s estimated anywhere from half to three-quarters of farmworkers are in this country illegally, and some growers say that President Read More …

Sonic Drive-ins may have suffered data breach

Millions of cards could be affected: Sonic Drive-In, a fast food restaurant chain with more than 3,500 locations across the United States, has apparently suffered a data breach that may have resulted in the theft of millions of payment cards. The company Read More …

‘There will be no food in Puerto Rico’

Some 80 percent of crop value wiped out: Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico last week as a Category 4 storm. Its force and fury stripped every tree of not just the leaves, but also the bark, leaving a rich Read More …

Puerto Rico: Food and water concerns looming

Power may be out for months: Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico will be a continuing story as food security and water safety issues come into focus in coming weeks. The U.S. territory may be without power for months after the island Read More …