AGRICULTURE

An empty parking lot outside the Stop & Shop on Lincoln Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In our look back at news of the week, 31,000 employees of grocery chain Stop & Shop continued their strike across New England. The workers left their jobs last week amid a longstanding dispute over a new contract. 

A cow grazes at Blue Hill Farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Natural Resources Conservation Service / USDA

Though the number of farms and amount of farmland in Massachusetts is declining, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation said it found a few bright spots in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recently-released 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture.

Cultivation of industrial hemp for fiber and for grain in France.
Aleks / Creative Commons/commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Industrialhemp.jpg

It may soon be easier for Massachusetts farmers to grow hemp, a type of cannabis that is not mind-altering.

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks with reporters outside her home in Cambridge after announcing that she is setting up an exploratory committee for a run for the presidency in 2020.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off a busy political week with her announcement that she's forming an exploratory committee into a 2020 presidential run. 

Round bales of hay in a field that have been harvested by dairy farmer Pete Williams in Shelburne, Massachusetts. He is having trouble selling them this year.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The minimum wage in Massachusetts goes up a buck to $12 an hour starting January 1, 2019. But there's a group of workers who won't get that increase. 

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