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Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds

Oct. 16, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers, many driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. It was the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government is...

A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

Oct. 10, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought...

California's environmental protection agency says it will ban an agricultural pesticide linked to brain damage in kids

Oct. 9, 2019 6:52 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's environmental protection agency says it will ban an agricultural pesticide linked to brain damage in kids.

Lion patrol: Learning to share the savannah with big animals

Oct. 8, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOIBOR SIRET, Tanzania (AP) — Saitoti Petro scans a dirt road in northern Tanzania for recent signs of the top predator on the African savannah. "If you see a lion," he warns, "stop and look it straight in the eyes — you must never run." Petro points to a fresh track in the dirt, a paw print...

Evo Morales not trending among Bolivia's youth ahead of vote

Oct. 7, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A series of memes that have gone viral in Bolivia show President Evo Morales combatting raging forest fires with a toy water gun or a flamethrower, while others superimpose his image on the original cast of the "Ghostbusters" film. Many young Bolivians have used the memes to poke fun...

Organic farming's 'sacred' spot to open to the public

Oct. 5, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — The 40-acre farm in Lower Macungie Township that became the epicenter of the organic farming movement was just home for Maria Rodale. The granddaughter of the businessman J.I. Rodale, founder of Rodale Inc. and the Kutztown-based Rodale Institute, Maria remembers weeding the stone mulch...

Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

Oct. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that...

Angry Dutch farmers descend on The Hague to demand respect

Oct. 1, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers massed in The Hague on Tuesday to demand more respect for their profession, many after driving in slow-moving tractor convoys that snarled traffic around the country. Farmers staged a national day of protest as the Netherlands wrestles with efforts...