Latest Agriculture regulation News

EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement —...

Clarification: Wheat-Trade Agreement story

Jul. 11, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a story July 10, The Associated Press reported that Republican senators from border states want grains rules addressed as part of a trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The request was made by a bipartisan group. An updated version is below: Lawmakers along the northern U.S. border...

North Carolina proposes smokable hemp ban as demand grows

Jul. 4, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CLIMAX, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the latest state considering a ban on smokable hemp, a product that's exploding along with the health craze surrounding a compound in the plant known as CBD. Besides federal regulations laid out in the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration has no...

How the Trump administration's 2018 trade aid package works

Jul. 3, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Trump administration's Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they've lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Freedom of Information Act gives some insights into...

Defenders of vegan bacon sue Mississippi over labeling law

Jul. 2, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon." The lawsuit against Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state's Republican agriculture commissioner,...

Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

Jun. 26, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups. Lawyers for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights...

Defendant in fish farm fraud back in jail, bond revoked

Jun. 26, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former executive accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm in South Dakota is back in jail. Tobias Ritesman had been free on bond after pleading guilty to 18 felonies in connection with the Global Aquaponics project near Brookings. As part of...

New law: Farmers, ranchers have immunity in fire fights

Jun. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A law passed by the Oregon Legislature gives farmers and ranchers immunity from liability while fighting dangerous wildfires, such as the one that chewed through acres of wheat fields and grasslands last year, a newspaper reported Friday. The law is similar to one that prevents...

The Latest: New York lawmakers OK farmworker rights bill

Jun. 19, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature as it works toward adjournment (all times local): 10 p.m. Lawmakers in Albany have voted to give farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime and get a day off. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed the legislation Wednesday...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jun. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Register-Guard, June 17, on the new law for handling public records requests: Oregon has taken a small step toward enhancing public access to government records. School districts, local governments and state agencies now face a potential $200 penalty if they...