Agriculture and the environment

February 17, 2018 - 11:37 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research. Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine say their legislation would reauthorize and incrementally increase funding for the U.S...
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February 08, 2018 - 6:47 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to fight the spread of the spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania. The invasive species was first spotted in District Township in 2014. It has since spread to 12 counties and threatens the state's...
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February 01, 2018 - 7:57 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's remaining white farmers will now get 99-year land leases according to a new government policy that marks a dramatic change from widespread evictions of whites from farms. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is breaking away from the seizure of thousands of white-owned...
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January 25, 2018 - 10:28 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A farmyard cow in Poland has chosen freedom this winter, roaming with a herd of bison for three months after escaping its pen. The cow has been spotted following the bison across meadows bordering the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland as they forage for food. Rafal Kowalczyk...
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Farmer Darryn Smart, centre, and his family are welcomed back to their farm, Lesbury, by workers and community members Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Tandi, Zimbabwe. The family who were evicted by gun-wielding police and a mob associated with the ruling party returned to a hero's welcome, in a sign that the new president is charting a path away from predecessor Robert Mugabe on an issue that had hastened the country's international isolation. (AP Photo/Farai Musaka)
December 22, 2017 - 5:57 am
TANDI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A white Zimbabwean farmer evicted by the government of Robert Mugabe has returned to a hero's welcome as the first to get his land back under the new president, in a sign of reform on an issue that had hastened the country's international isolation. With a military escort,...
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November 29, 2017 - 12:03 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After decades of legal challenges and political battles that have pitted states against the federal government, U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday finally adopted a plan to guide the recovery of a wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico...
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FILE- This Nov. 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for TransCanada's Keystone pipeline facilities in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada. TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
November 17, 2017 - 6:14 pm
AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — In a Nov. 16 story about the Keystone pipeline oil spill, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that it was smaller than 17 other leaks of oil or petroleum products in the U.S. since 2010. It was smaller than 16 and the same size as one other. The corrected story is below:...
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November 01, 2017 - 3:10 pm
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — In a story Oct. 31 about the greater sage grouse, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an Interior Department spokeswoman. Her name is Heather Swift, not Heather Smith. A corrected version of the story is below: 2 states warn Trump against big changes in...
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ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 AND THEREAFTER - Farmer Andy Zagata checks his corn crop on a property in Huntington Twp, Pa. near Shickshinny on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The 69-year-old part-time farmer benefitted from incentives as part of a Luzerne Conservation District conservation farming program encouraging no-till farming and planting cover crops. (Christopher Dolan/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
September 30, 2017 - 3:05 am
SHAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Andy Zagata has been farming for decades, so he was apprehensive about changing the way he works the land. An incentive program from the Luzerne Conservation District convinced the 69-year-old to try something new. The Luzerne Conservation District wants more farmers to adopt...
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In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 photo, John Locke works to move a herd to another field at his family's ranch in Glen Flora, Texas. The damage Harvey inflicted on Texas’ cattle industry hasn’t been calculated yet. Even though Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding on counties that are home to 1.2 million beef cattle, which is more than a fourth of the state’s herd, there were apparently only a few instances in which large groups of cows drowned. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
September 29, 2017 - 1:28 am
GLEN FLORA, Texas (AP) — As John Locke looked down from a helicopter at his roughly 200 cattle struggling with Harvey's rising floodwaters, he saw about 20 becoming entangled in a barbed wire fence and feared the worst. Bundled in a lifejacket, the 38-year-old rancher jumped in to try and help. But...
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