Latest Agriculture and the environment News

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. ...

Researchers: Kauai's invasive parakeet population declines

Jun. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers have documented a decrease in Kauai's population of rose-ringed parakeets, a invasive species plaguing local farms. The island had a minimum of 7,300 of the parakeets this year, down from 10,500 last year, said Jane Anderson, assistant...

Biden moves to restore clean-water safeguards ended by Trump

Jun. 09, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began legal action Wednesday to repeal a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, leaving them more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. ...

Officials in Oregon reacting to drought and wildfire risks

Jun. 09, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In northeast Oregon's Union County, the snowpack is so thin that it has completely melted away in measurement sites. Rivers are running lower, spelling bad news for farmers. The wildfire risk is high. Given these conditions, the county on Wednesday...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jun. 09, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. June 3, 2021. Editorial: Editorial: Stop creating laws for problems that don’t exist It is when lawmakers give imagination preference over reality that we get nonsensical laws such as one sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd of...

China's wandering elephants becoming international stars

Jun. 08, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Already famous at home, China’s wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media are chronicling the herd's more than yearlong, 500-kilometer (300-mile) trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest...

Trust buys land for preservation as farmland, wildlife route

Jun. 06, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An historic, creek-side farm once targeted for residential development will be preserved instead as an agricultural and ecological oasis 40 miles south of Tucson. The nonprofit Arizona Land and Water Trust has purchased the first 371 acres of the...

Red tide limits harvesting at aquatic farms in Tampa Bay

Jun. 05, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Fears over red tide prompted Florida officials to briefly prohibit aquaculture farmers from harvesting in lower Tampa Bay, although the ban was lifted Saturday morning, state officials said. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County...

Central Oregon farmers struggle in drought

Jun. 05, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Cate Havstad-Casad, co-owner of Havstad-Casad Family Farms in Jefferson County, didn’t hold back last week while speaking on a Zoom call with state representatives about the drought conditions affecting farmers in Jefferson County. Speaking during a...

Maine's blueberry crop faces climate change peril

Jun. 05, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's beloved wild blueberry fields are home to one of the most important fruit crops in New England, and scientists have found they are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state. The warming of the blueberry fields could imperil the...