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Wineries, farms eligible for last-ditch California insurance

Jan. 21, 2022 21:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Napa wineries and others hard-hit by massive wildfires in California's wine country and elsewhere will soon be able to tap into the state's insurance plan of last resort, officials said Friday. Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, wine growers and other outdoor...

Plant count increases ahead of New Mexico marijuana sales

Jan. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have doubled the number of marijuana plants that licensed growers can cultivate as the state prepares for recreational sales to start this spring, officials announced Tuesday. Increasing the plant count makes sense “to ensure that...

Swine fever in wild boars worries Italy's pork industry

Jan. 15, 2022 16:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The discovery of African swine fever in northern Italy has Italian pork producers fearing significant economic damage to a major agricultural export and has forced curtailing of the official seasons to hunt for game and to gather prized truffles. Earlier this month, a...

EPA to review NC permit OKs at hog farms collecting gas

Jan. 14, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated the rights of minority residents and poor people living near farms where it approved plans to capture gas from hog waste. The U.S. Environmental...

Groups challenge initiative to limit property tax changes

Jan. 13, 2022 19:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Public employees and a farming organization are among those who filed a complaint arguing the attorney general and the secretary of state did not follow a new law in approving signature-gathering for a proposed constitutional initiative that would limit changes in residential...

DNR set to allow factory farm expansion in Kewaunee County

Jan. 11, 2022 10:32 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental regulators are set to allow a factory dairy farm accused of contaminating Kewaunee County drinking water to expand, angering conservationists. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the state Department of Natural Resources has drafted...

Illinois sues mine over use of toxic foam to control fire

Jan. 08, 2022 15:47 PM EST

MACEDONIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general is accusing a coal mine operator of polluting the area with toxic foam to try to stop an underground fire. “Exposure to such chemicals can cause long-lasting damage to the environment and poses a serious risk to public...

State commercial farm assistance program reaches milestone

Jan. 08, 2022 10:40 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A state program that helps working farms with business planning, technical assistance, and infrastructure grants to support their viability celebrated a milestone this week by partnering with its 100th farm. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources'...

Maine governor vetoes bill to allow farm workers to unionize

Jan. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has vetoed a bill that would have given farm workers in the state the right to unionize, citing the possibility of heaping new costs on an already struggling agriculture sector. The Maine Legislature passed the proposal, which...

Sarah Weddington, lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade, dies at 76

Dec. 27, 2021 16:25 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Sunday. She was 76. Susan Hays, Weddington’s former student and colleague, said she died in her sleep early...