Latest Agriculture and the environment News

Mississippi State survey aims to increase passionfruit farms

May. 27, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi State University Extension Service researcher is hoping to help expand the niche for passionfruit growers. Demand is growing for the sweet, low-calorie tropical fruit, said Eric Stafnne, a fruit and nut specialist Eric Stafne at the extension...

California, New Zealand announce climate change partnership

May. 27, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top officials from California and New Zealand signed a pledge Friday agreeing to help fight climate change by sharing ideas and best practices, including how to put millions more electric vehicles on the road. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and New Zealand...

Walz signs agriculture bill with $18.4M in drought relief

May. 26, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed an agriculture funding bill Thursday that includes drought relief for farmers, investments in rural broadband and support for beginning farmers. The Legislature passed the bill Sunday in the closing hours of the 2022 legislative session....

Escaped bison recaptured near Chicago after 8 months in wild

May. 25, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — A bison that escaped a suburban Chicago farm last September and had been living in the wild since was recaptured Wednesday, officials said. The 1,300-pound (590-kilogram) bison some had come to know as Tyson ran off while being delivered to the Milk and Honey...

Work begins to clear tornado debris at Natchez Trace forest

May. 25, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee agriculture officials say work has begun to clean up debris at Natchez Trace State Forest after a December tornado damaged the park. A tornado that tore through Henderson County on Dec. 10 made a path about 6 miles (9 kilometers) long through the...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Tree farm or warehouses: Which is better for Biscayne Bay?

May. 21, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It might seem like an easy question. What’s better for the environment, a tree farm or a crop of warehouses? But with a massive development and an unprecedented expansion of Miami-Dade’s urban development boundary on the line, that question has developers and...

Farmer sues VW over climate change; German court has doubts

May. 20, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany cast doubt Friday on claims by a German farmer that automaker Volkswagen is partly responsible for the impact that global warming is having on his family business. The plaintiff, Ulf Allhoff-Cramer, claims drier soil and heavier rains due to climate...

How gas interests slowed Chile's clean energy transition

May. 19, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Chile holds itself out as a global leader on climate change. Nearly 22% of Chile’s electricity is generated by solar and wind farms, putting it far ahead of both the global average, 10%, and the United States, at 13%. It was one of the first countries to declare a target...

Tennessee State gets $1.9M agriculture grant from USDA

May. 17, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University won a $1.9 million grant for its College of Agriculture to lead a group of historically Black schools in research around sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, the college announced on Monday. The 1890 Center of...