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Oregon expands wolf kill due to threat to livestock

Sep. 17, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon are stepping up efforts to kill wolves from a pack in the eastern part of the state due to continued attacks by the animals and evidence they are now focusing on livestock. KTVZ reports the Oregon Department of Fish and...

Federal court rejects Idaho pollution permit for dairies

Sep. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from large dairy farms. But the ruling appears to have limited immediate ramifications for the state’s $3 billion...

Illegal marijuana farms take West's water in 'blatant theft'

Sep. 17, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Jack Dwyer pursued a dream of getting back to the land by moving in 1972 to an idyllic, tree-studded parcel in Oregon with a creek running through it. “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow...

Director tapped for medical marijuana commission in Alabama

Sep. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Treasurer John McMillan has quit to take over a new state panel dealing with medical marijuana and will be replaced by Young Boozer, who previously served two terms in the office, the governor's office said Friday. Elected treasurer in...

Danes take precautions after swine flu crops up in Germany

Sep. 17, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Authorities in Denmark on Friday urged hunters, truckdrivers and farmers to use extra care in cleaning their equipment and to avoid importing meat products following recent reports of African swine fever cases among domestic pigs in neighboring Germany. ...

Kernza crop part of Minnesota farmers' eco-friendly lineup

Sep. 13, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Don Wyse has long been an evangelist for perennial crops. The University of Minnesota professor, who leads the U of M Forever Green Initiative, now thinks the potential of those crops is beginning to be realized. “It took us 30 years to get to...

Tribe threatens lawsuit to speed Skagit estuary restoration

Sep. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

LA CONNER, Wash. (AP) — The Swinomish Tribe is threatening to sue the federal government to speed up estuary restoration — and salmon preservation — on the Skagit River delta. Much of the estuary has been drained and closed off with tide gates to facilitate...

Farmers restore native grasslands as groundwater disappears

Sep. 09, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

MULESHOE, Texas (AP) — Tim Black‘s cell phone dings, signaling the time to reverse sprinklers spitting water across a pie-shaped section of grass that will provide pasture for his cattle. It's important not to waste a drop. His family's future depends on it. ...

Farmers restore native grasslands as groundwater disappears

Sep. 09, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

MULESHOE, Texas (AP) — For decades, the Texas Panhandle was green with cotton, corn and wheat. Wells drew a thousand gallons (3,785 liters) a minute from the seemingly bottomless Ogallala aquifer, allowing farmers to thrive despite frequent dry spells and summer heat. ...

Biochar ambassadors hope to save fire-ravaged Methow

Sep. 07, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

In mid-summer, fires were burning on both sides of the Methow River. Air quality was bad enough to make national news. In better times, Central Washington’s Methow Valley is a destination for world-class climbing, hiking and skiing. It’s remote. It’s beautiful. But like much of the...