‘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.

Verifying 'Connecticut-Grown' Produce’s Legitimacy; Kentucky’s Governor Grows a Beard

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ride-hailing supplants taxis at Phoenix airport; a Richmond City Council candidate’s Facebook flub; and Cleveland eyes income tax increase.

After Interstate Crashes and Closures, Arizona Turns to ‘Gorilla Snot’ for Dust Control

The state is working with a landowner to keep soil from blowing off of hundreds of acres of tilled farmland.

Immigration: Down in Farm Country, Up in Some Cities

Many high-tech centers, like Seattle, are seeing more immigration than they did 10 years ago. At the same time, a drop in immigration to rural agricultural counties has led to critical farm labor shortages.