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Stories with subject: Agriculture and the environment
  • Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:26 pm
  • GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops.

  • USDA awards $6 million for climate change study 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:04 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to 10 universities to finance the study of what climate change means to agriculture and strategies for helping farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes.

  • Correction: Biofuels-Global Warming story 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:33 pm
  • WASHINGTON - In a story April 20 about new research showing biofuels made with corn leftovers are worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, The Associated Press erroneously reported that cellulosic biofuels that failed to release 60 percent less carbon than gasoline wouldn't earn a $1 per gallon subsidy. That tax subsidy expired on Dec. 31, 2013.

  • MPCA board considers feedlot rule updates 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:04 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The citizens board that oversees the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering a set of updates to the state's environmental rules for livestock feedlots.

  • Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:58 am
  • WAIALUA, Hawaii - You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

  • California farmers to get more water 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:08 pm
  • FRESNO, California - Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.

  • Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now online 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:22 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

  • Organic farmer can keep land after marijuana raid 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:35 am
  • MARYSVILLE, Ohio - An Ohio judge is allowing an organic farmer to keep his 5-acre property despite the discovery that he was growing hundreds of marijuana plants.

  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:34 am
  • BEIJING - Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

  • Neighbors oppose planned pot farm near Tenino 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:35 pm
  • OLYMPIA, Washington - Green is everywhere in the Skookumchuck Valley, from the lush pastures grazed by cattle and horses to the forested hills that surround the rural community of mostly hobby farms just outside of Tenino.

  • Nebraska land valuations rise 12.45 pct in year 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:16 am
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Bigger tax bills could follow higher land valuations in Nebraska, to the chagrin of property-rich farmers and ranchers, authorities say.

  • Butterfly garden exhibit a kaleidoscope of color 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:58 am
  • INDIANAPOLIS - As if riding on an invisible breeze, butterflies of all colors and shapes wove through the air inside the all-glass conservatory.

  • Bison meeting cancelled; plan timing uncertain 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:52 am
  • BILLINGS, Montana - The prospects for a state-wide bison conservation plan in Montana are uncertain after wildlife officials cancelled a public forum on the issue.

  • Prison workhouse site to become conservation area 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 1:21 pm
  • TOLEDO, Ohio - A building that once housed prisoners in northern Ohio is to be demolished, with the site used for a conservation area.

  • Ala. groups use simulator in agriculture education 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:31 pm
  • WHITE PLAINS, Alabama - A coalition of conservationists and the Alabama Farmers Federation are using a mobile simulator to teach students the value of the agriculture industry.

  • Connecticut, US to extend financial aid to 2015 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:51 pm
  • HARTFORD, Connecticut - An agreement with federal agriculture officials will allow Connecticut to use more than $8 million from Washington to keep farmland in production.

  • Jackson area wolf pack cut to 2 by game managers 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 1:18 pm
  • JACKSON, Wyoming - State wildlife managers nearly wiped out a wolf pack that roams primarily in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge because it was feeding on livestock.

  • Delaware County farm land sells for $7.9 million 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:40 am
  • MUNCIE, Indiana - More than 800 acres of prime farm land in Delaware County sold during open bidding on Tuesday for $7.9 million.

  • Farm conserved, getting new owners 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:14 am
  • DUMMERSTON, Vermont - The Vermont Land Trust has finished a $575,000 fundraising campaign to conserve a 169-acre farm in Dummerston.

  • La getting $300,000 to fight feral swine 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:07 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The National Feral Swine Management Program is giving Louisiana $300,000 to help reduce the animals' damage to farms, wetlands and other areas.

  • Yellowstone bison hazing begins in Montana 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:38 pm
  • BOZEMAN, Montana - Montana officials have begun hazing bison back into Yellowstone National Park to make way for livestock.

  • Wetlands restoration may rely on grassroots effort 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:53 pm
  • CONRAD, Indiana - The rains have created a small, watery refuge for a dozen visitors on a portion of farmland next to the Kankakee Sands restoration project in Newton County.

  • Tension growing between ranchers, mustang backers 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 8:28 pm
  • RENO, Nevada - Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming.

  • AP top news in Iowa at 3:58 p.m. CDT 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 6:02 pm
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa - Registration for leasing garden plots in Iowa City begins Monday in the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

  • Recreational hog hunting popularity soaring 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 12:05 pm
  • NATCHEZ, Mississippi - A quick tap on the roof of the electric hunting cart and the pop of two rifle shots and Jody Greene and Jeff Goeggle have taken down their first hog of the night.