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Lawyer: Missouri farmer was leader of organic fraud scheme

Oct. 12, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Three farmers who pleaded guilty Friday in a large-scale organic grain fraud scheme were lured into participation by a Missouri businessman who was its mastermind, a defense lawyer said. The farmers "convinced themselves to look the other way" while Randy Constant marketed the...

Happy campers, and also lots of them, in Maine

Oct. 12, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The numbers indicate that Maine's campers are indeed happy. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands says a record number of visitors have camped in Maine State Parks this year. The agency says 255,553 campers have been recorded...

3 farmers to plead guilty in organic grain fraud scheme

Oct. 11, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three Nebraska farmers will plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday. Tom Brennan, his son James Brennan and family friend Michael Potter have...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

Oct. 10, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

Oct. 10, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one...

In boon for farmers, Trump lifts restrictions on ethanol

Oct. 9, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump announced he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of...

Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter

Oct. 9, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An animal sanctuary and a farm in New Hampshire are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture. Beans and Greens Farm of Gilford is hoping to send the pig named Grover to the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary in Haverhill where it will live out...

Northeastern US seeks to prevent arrival of deer disease

Oct. 7, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Deer biologists across northern New England are dusting off their plans for dealing with a fatal disease that has been spreading across North America for a half-century and was recently discovered again on a Canadian game farm. Chronic wasting disease has never been found in Vermont,...

Californians weigh making egg-laying hens cage-free by 2022

Oct. 6, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters are right to think they already weighed in on how big cages should be for egg-laying hens. In 2008, voters ushered in Proposition 2, which sought to free egg-laying hens from tiny cages. It didn't outlaw cages but barred California farmers from keeping hens —...

Gassy cows are bad for the planet; could seaweed diet help?

Sep. 30, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

A New England-based aquaculture company is launching a drive to become the worldwide leader in an emerging effort to thwart climate change by feeding seaweed to cows. The concept of reducing livestock emissions by using seaweed as feed is the subject of ongoing scientific research. University of California...