Latest Agriculture regulation News

Petitions submitted for new groundwater management district

May. 18, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A proposal apparently headed to the November ballot would have voters in rural southeastern Arizona decide whether to create a new regulatory district to manage large-scale groundwater use for agriculture in an area where aquifer levels have dropped in recent years. ...

Amid avian flu, Michigan bans bird shows at fairs, exhibits

May. 11, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have temporarily banned all poultry and waterfowl exhibitions amid the avian flu outbreak that's spreading quickly across the U.S. and has prompted farms to euthanize millions of birds. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural...

State regulators approve large hog farm in Crawford County

May. 10, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has approved a permit for a new factory farm in southwestern Wisconsin, a region known for its rolling hills and clear trout streams. Howard “AV” Roth plans to construct a second hog farm, this one capable of producing...

Governor signs bill to help farms cope with extreme weather

May. 07, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill to help Maine farmers respond to extreme weather conditions through a new grant program has become law. The bill signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday followed persistent drought conditions in 2020, stunting the potato crop and hurting other...

Judge clears way for initiative to repeal capital gains tax

Apr. 29, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Opponents of the state’s new capital gains tax can begin gathering signatures on an initiative seeking to repeal the law after a judge approved final wording for how the measure would be described on the ballot and the initiative petitions. The Everett...

Virginia wind farm job claims questioned by state regulators

Apr. 25, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Virginia-based Dominion Energy seeks to build what it calls the country's largest offshore wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean, the company and its supporters have touted the economic development opportunities expected to accompany the 176-turbine project. But...

Court won't revive ban on secret filming at slaughterhouses

Apr. 25, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Kansas to revive a law, earlier struck down by lower courts, that banned secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. The justices did not comment in leaving in place a ruling by a federal...

Ads from soft-spoken Arkansas Sen. Boozman reflect GOP fury

Apr. 24, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — At home, two-term Republican Sen. John Boozman is known as an unassuming figure who talks almost in a whisper and is more comfortable chatting about policy or the University of Arkansas Razorbacks' football record than giving fiery speeches. ...

Finance heads urged to boost fight against food insecurity

Apr. 19, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged world finance leaders Tuesday to “get concrete” as they look for ways to combat a looming crisis over food insecurity around the globe that Russia's war in Ukraine has made even worse. “This threat touches the most...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs farmworker overtime pay bill

Apr. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill into law that phases out the state’s agricultural overtime pay exemption. The Capital Press reported Brown wrote in a letter Friday to Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Dan Rayfield that she views...