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Federal court: Tribal water rights outrank farmers’ rights

Nov. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001 for reducing their irrigation water supply after a dry year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land in the California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site. A group including Forest Service rangers, scientists and conservationists hiked into the...

Panel to discuss ag production needed to meet global demands

Nov. 17, 2019 10:32 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Panelists at a discussion in Lincoln will cover strategies for increasing agricultural production to meet global demand. The discussion is part of the Heuermann Lecture series sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is...

Land trust in Rhode Island awarded grant to help new farmers

Nov. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says a land trust in Rhode Island has been awarded $600,000 in federal funding to help beginning farmers. The Rhode Island Democrat says the Southside Community Land Trust won a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help beginning farmers access resources and...

Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 15, 2019 7:43 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

Gas company to appeal pipeline rejection to Supreme Court

Nov. 14, 2019 3:04 PM EST

WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) — A gas company whose bid to build a natural gas pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey was rejected in court says it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The PennEast Pipeline Company said Thursday it would file its appeal by a February deadline. In September, a...

Emory University forms partnership to buy local produce

Nov. 13, 2019 9:32 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University is throwing its support behind an effort to foster a new generation of farmers close to Atlanta, the university announced Wednesday. The school has agreed to buy produce from farms established within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the city by the nonprofit Conservation Fund....

Leader of food security nonprofits to head World Food Prize

Nov. 12, 2019 11:35 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The foundation that awards the World Food Prize to individuals who work to improve food security in hopes of ending world hunger announced Tuesday that its new president will be a woman who has led nonprofit organizations focused on global food security, food safety and the impact...