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Alabama farmer looks to cash in on carbon storage

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Deep in west Alabama, in a part of the state where most economic activity grows up from the ground, one woman is hoping to get paid for what she's putting back into the soil. Aliceville farmer Annie Dee, who runs the Dee River Ranch in Pickens County, is one of a growing number...

Pork industry sues over California law on animal confinement

Dec. 6, 2019 6:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pork industry is challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved California measure that will prohibit the sale of meat products from hogs born to sows confined in spaces that don’t meet new minimum size requirements. A lawsuit filed late Thursday in San Diego federal...

EPA rejects ban on poison bombs against cattle predators

Dec. 5, 2019 1:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trappers can keep using sodium cyanide bombs to kill coyotes and other livestock predators, the Trump administration said Thursday, rejecting calls for a ban despite repeated instances of the devices also poisoning other wildlife, pets and people. The Environmental Protection...

German farmers won’t appeal climate lawsuit defeat

Dec. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Three German farming families say they won’t appeal a court’s decision to dismiss their climate change lawsuit against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. The families, who were backed by environmental group Greenpeace, said Thursday that the ruling in October had set an...

Senator: Trade hurting Maine blueberries, farmers need help

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator says the state's blueberry growers need help from the federal government to survive the Trump administration's trade battle with China. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the value of Maine's wild blueberry exports to China are on pace to drop by nearly 97%...

African swine fever kills more than 20 wild boar in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 11:50 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An outbreak of African swine fever in Poland near the German border has killed 21 wild boar, the agriculture minister said Wednesday. Authorities were adding 56 kilometers (34 miles) to a previously installed 80-kilometer (48-mile) fence; local hunters were instructed to eliminate all...

Maine ag officials say new hemp rules could hurt growth

Dec. 4, 2019 11:31 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture officials are concerned that changes to federal rules about hemp farming could hurt the growth of the industry in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the new rules on...

Now’s the time to get rid of pesky caterpillars, Maine says

Dec. 4, 2019 5:18 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine pest managers say this is the best time of year to get rid of a species of caterpillar that can cause a painful rash in humans. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says winter is prime time to remove browntail caterpillars. The caterpillars can cause a...

Feds: Bellingham farm’s waste flowed into creek, killed fish

Dec. 3, 2019 8:42 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham farmer has agreed to pay $6,750 to settle a federal complaint that he discharged animal waste into a restored creek, killing about 300 fish — including threatened steelhead. NOAA Fisheries said Tuesday that Harold Carbee discharged waste into Anderson Creek...

Montana federal farm subsidies for trade wars grow to $114M

Dec. 1, 2019 6:00 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Data indicates federal subsidies distributed to Montana farmers to offset losses resulting from U.S. trade wars have increased to more than $114 million. The Billings Gazette reports subsidies issued in October pushed the value of 2019 payments to about $92.4 million, while the state...