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Va. creek, portion of Potomac closed to shellfish harvesting

Jan. 23, 2022 18:49 PM EST

DAHLGREN, Va. (AP) — A portion of the Potomac River and a large stream feeding into it are closed to oysters and other shellfish harvesting temporarily because the release of partially treated sewage makes eating them now unhealthy. The emergency closures, effective Saturday,...

$500K in grants available for Vermont specialty crops

Jan. 23, 2022 15:28 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has announced $500,000 in federal grant funds available to boost the state's specialty crop industries. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture crops and nursery crops,...

Farmers' protest in Spain highlights rural concerns

Jan. 23, 2022 10:05 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Farmers, cattle-breeders, hunters and opposition supporters descended Sunday on the Spanish capital of Madrid to protest environmental and economic policies by Spain’s left-of-center government that they say are hurting rural communities. Sunday’s protest was...

Maine dredging projects slated to improve navigation, safety

Jan. 23, 2022 08:57 AM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Four dredging projects slated for coastal Maine communities will improve safety and navigation for commercial fishermen and others, the state's two senators said. The projects are in Ogunquit, Scarborough, Milbridge and Bar Harbor. The projects total about...

Maine's dairy industry trade group has a new leader

Jan. 22, 2022 13:37 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A veteran lobbyist and public affairs specialist is set to lead Maine's dairy industry trade group. The Maine Dairy Industry Association said its new executive director is Theodore Sullivan. Sullivan most recently worked as director of development at Maine...

Wolves attracted by cow carcasses kill Oregon herding dog

Jan. 22, 2022 12:23 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Wolves attracted to six unburied cow carcasses at an eastern Oregon ranch killed a herding dog, wildlife officials said. Brian Ratliff of the Oregon Department of Fish and Game said the wolves killed the 40-pound (18-kilogram) herding dog on Friday about 150...

High fertilizer prices could mean smaller crops for farmers

Jan. 22, 2022 11:44 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Farmers across Mississippi are having to adjust to a steep rise in the price of fertilizer. The Mississippi State Extension Service recently released a study about how farmers are coping with fertilizer prices approaching record highs, WCBI-TV reported. ...

Candidates sought for New England fishery council vacancy

Jan. 22, 2022 10:57 AM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is looking for candidates to fill a vacancy for the state on the New England Fishery Management Council. The council is one of eight regional councils in the United States. It's charged with conserving and managing fishery resources off the...

Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

Jan. 22, 2022 09:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food banks across the country are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant frightens people away from their usual shifts, and companies and schools that regularly supply large groups of volunteers are canceling their participation over virus fears. ...

Tampa neighborhood’s abandoned chickens find sanctuary

Jan. 22, 2022 03:12 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It started as a playful Instagram page dedicated to Ybor City’s free-roaming flocks of chickens. Dylan Breese, the founder of The Ybor Chickens Society Instagram page, gave the birds names that matched their personalities. He shared details of their days. ...