- ND, SD state universities to study changes in ag land use Updated: May-24-15 9:28 am
BROOKINGS, South Dakota - Researchers at state universities in the Dakotas and Iowa will spend this summer analyzing changes in agricultural land use over the past decade.
- Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills Updated: May-23-15 6:19 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on measures that passed before the end of the legislative session, but he proposed a temporary tax cut in return for a scaled back version of his proposal for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.
- California farmers strike a deal to cut water use Updated: May-22-15 8:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
- Wildlife habitat conservation program reaches million acres Updated: May-22-15 10:19 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A Conservation Reserve Program offshoot that's aimed at boosting wildlife habitat has surpassed 1 million acres, thanks to a recent signup of land in North Dakota.
- Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts Updated: May-21-15 8:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.
- Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials Updated: May-21-15 6:37 pm
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- New Mexico ranchers, farmers sue over jaguar border habitat Updated: May-21-15 4:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The setting aside of more than 170 square miles in New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar was an "unlawful, arbitrary and capricious" action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says.
- Farmer halts harvest to save baby tricolored blackbirds Updated: May-21-15 10:26 am
TIPTON, California - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.
- Researchers warn farmers to prepare for invasive pests Updated: May-18-15 10:00 am
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - New Mexico's number one crop, alfalfa, is at risk of new invasive pests as they establish themselves in the state.
- Farmer pleads guilty to falsely claiming organic crops Updated: May-18-15 5:05 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A Portales-area farmer will be on five years' probation after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from claims that his crops were organic when they were not.
- Mead ranch in Jackson Hole protected by land trust Updated: May-17-15 1:50 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - A conservation easement will protect 380 acres of one of Jackson Hole's first ranches and belongs to a family that includes Gov. Matt Mead.
- Eastern Nebraska animal farm to open to public Updated: May-16-15 7:58 pm
NICKERSON, Nebraska - An eastern Nebraska farm dedicated to caring for discarded pets will open to the public in hopes of collecting donations to help care for the animals.
- Feds to help farmers, ranchers in Ogallala Aquifer region Updated: May-16-15 11:25 am
CLOVIS, New Mexico - Federal officials say farmers and ranchers who depend on the Ogallala Aquifer will benefit from $6.5 million in funding.
- Zoo staffers launch group hoping to boost bee numbers Updated: May-16-15 11:23 am
MASON, Ohio - Some Cincinnati Zoo employees are working to help the declining number of bees.
- Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia Updated: May-14-15 1:34 am
HARSTINE ISLAND, Washington - A growing middle class in Asia is driving demand for an odd-shaped giant clam that thrives in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest.
- 10 people seeking action on NC minimum wage arrested Updated: May-13-15 8:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Another 10 people opposed to Republican state government policies were arrested Wednesday inside the North Carolina Legislative Building, this time while demonstrating in support of raising the minimum wage.
- House votes to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands Updated: May-12-15 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.
- Monkey farms in Florida under scrutiny from officials Updated: May-12-15 1:17 pm
LABELLE, Florida - Tucked away in Florida's Hendry County, amid the scrub brush and saw palmetto grasslands just southwest of Lake Okeechobee, are three monkey breeding farms containing thousands of primates.
- Stock Growers Land Trust conserves Sublette County ranch Updated: May-12-15 7:04 am
SUBLETTE COUNTY, Wyoming - The Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust has placed a conservation easement on more than 1,700 acres of range land in Sublette County.
- Oregon snowpack at 11 percent, tough for farmers, fish Updated: May-11-15 8:46 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Snowpack in the mountains of Oregon is low for the second year in a row, prompting predictions of reduced stream flows that could hurt farmers and fish.
- Women fuel farming across region, country Updated: May-10-15 12:25 pm
MINERVA, Ohio - On a sunny afternoon in March, a group of women laugh as they pet and pose for photographs with a fluffy brown alpaca; some of them holding their iPads at arms-length to take selfies with the good-natured animal.
- Vanishing barns: Sussex losing part of farming heritage Updated: May-10-15 9:40 am
SUSSEX, Delaware - When a recent arson destroyed a historic barn in Lewes, the devastating blaze focused attention on Sussex County's vanishing agricultural architecture.
- Appeals court sends 'dead zone' lawsuit back to judge Updated: May-09-15 11:50 am
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge who ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to regulate farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone" must take a second crack at his ruling.
- Ohio asks neighboring states to help fight Lake Erie's algae Updated: May-09-15 11:04 am
TOLEDO, Ohio - Ohio's governor and environmental chief are asking leaders in some neighboring states to look at taking new steps at fighting the toxic algae blooms that have turned Lake Erie green in recent summers.
- Iowa: Bird flu to claim 4 million more egg-laying chickens Updated: May-08-15 6:29 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The bird flu virus spread further Friday, as Iowa officials announced two more farms that hold a total of 4 million chickens tested positive for H5N2.