Why ‘Cloud Seeding’ Is Increasingly Attractive to the Thirsty West

A National Science Foundation-funded study, conducted in Idaho, was the first to show real-world observations of silver iodide forming ice crystals inside clouds and falling out as precipitation.

Trump Signs 2 New Executive Orders to Aid Rural Broadband Development

The president promised Farm Bureau members that “you're going to have great, great broadband.” But the new White House actions don’t appear to come with additional federal funding.

FCC Dinged Over Lack of Federal Strategy for Rural Broadband Adoption

“They have the authority, but I don’t know if they have the political interest,” said the National Digital Inclusion Alliance's director during Senate Commerce subcommittee questioning.

‘Farm to Flask’ Distillers Lifting Local Spirits

In an increasing number of states, new laws allow farmers to distill and sell spirits using their own produce without high-priced licenses or distribution requirements.

Check Out These Giant Pumpkins and Cabbages From 2017 State Fairs

PHOTOS: At one agricultural showcase, the bounties from many counties take center stage.

After Long Fight, Some Farmers Get Relief From High Property Taxes

Agricultural property taxes have skyrocketed and crop prices are down. Farmers are fighting back, sometimes successfully.

Why States Don’t Want Trump to Make ‘Very Big Changes’ to NAFTA

“We need to be very thoughtful in talking about trade issues,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, said this spring during a joint news conference with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Trump-Induced Labor Pains for Michigan Fruit Growers

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Ohio’s planned review of state tax breaks hasn’t begun; controversial cloud-seeding in North Dakota; and an “atypical” case of mad cow disease in Alabama.

The Poverty Just Over the Hills From Silicon Valley

The South Coast, a 30-mile drive from Palo Alto, is facing an affordable-housing shortage that is jeopardizing its agricultural heritage.

Threat of Immigration Enforcement and Worker Shortages Worry Ohio Farmers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A surprising city for the nation’s fastest-growing average rents; Texas governor’s energy regulation resolution; and community health clinics prepare for federal funding cuts.

Perdue: Trump Is Serious About Rural Development, ‘Watch and See’

As a special task force kicks off its work, the U.S. Agriculture secretary says that the president “is very expectant of action.”

Economics of Blueberries Jam Maine Officials

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Judicial fines mount from Washington state’s ongoing education funding crisis; California state government hiring outreach; and Philly’s ‘text-to-give’ campaign.

Can America's Farms Survive the Threat of Deportations?

In upstate New York, both workers and the farmers who employ them fear more aggressive immigration enforcement.

Western States Negotiate Drought Contingency Plan Despite Wet Winter

A visit to Arizona’s Avra Valley highlights advanced hydrological, technological and conservation solutions to the Tucson area’s water concerns.

Undocumented Immigrants Have Big Impact on Idaho Agriculture; ‘City of Denver’ Instagram Identity?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Changes to Ohio’s sex offender registry could be coming; San Francisco budget “rebalancing”; don’t feed New York City’s raccoons.

New Rule in Maine Would Block Food Stamp Benefits for Lottery Winners

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced the measure on Tuesday. It will target winners of $5,000 or more in one month.

Flesh-Eating Worms Have Returned to Florida

Increased trade with Cuba might have brought screwworms back to the U.S. after they were eradicated in the states in 1982.

Route Fifty Roadmap: Montana Touts Home-Grown Effort to Deal With Hops Shortage

Craft brewing is big business in Big Sky Country. Will hops production take root and flourish, too?

Route Fifty Roadmap: Venturing Into the Heart of Sunflower Country

Harvest time nears in a desolate part of South Dakota, traditionally the nation’s most productive area for sunflowers.