Latest Agriculture and the environment News

The Latest: EPA revokes water protection regulation

Sep. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders and...

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the...

Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...

Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

Sep. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in...

Officials: Feral Canadian hogs encroaching on Montana border

Sep. 10, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say feral hogs from Canada encroaching on Montana's northern border are a serious concern for farmers and others. Daily Inter Lake reported Sunday that the U.S. agriculture department's Wildlife Services division says there have been multiple reports of feral hogs...

Indigenous leader in Brazil's Amazon tries to thwart loggers

Sep. 1, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) — An indigenous leader in Brazil's Amazon says he will do what he can to stop loggers and prospectors encroaching on his people's land. Kadjyre Kayapo, his son and other companions searched in recent days for signs of trespassing in the lush rainforest of the Kayapo indigenous group's...

Farmer fatigue: Some Ohio Valley farmers tire of trade war

Sep. 1, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tom Folz drives around on a sunny, August afternoon and surveys the thousands of acres of dark green, leafy soybean plants and tall stalks of corn he grows on his sprawling farm in Christian County, Kentucky. At 54, Folz has wispy, white hair matching his white mustache. It's taken...

Correction: Brazil-Environment story

Aug. 30, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a story Aug. 6 about deforestation in the Amazon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Amazon produces nearly 20% of the earth's atmosphere. Scientists say it produces far less than that. A corrected version of the story is below: Latest deforestation data in Brazil...

New Mexico official: Retake state land leased to Epstein

Aug. 29, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general urged officials Thursday to retake state trust land that had been leased to Jeffrey Epstein's ranch, saying the financier's bid for the scrubby, desert acreage meant for cattle grazing should not have been granted. In a statement, Attorney General...

Timberland owner stops buying leather from Brazil

Aug. 29, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Timberland, Vans and several other shoe and clothing brands said Thursday that it has stopped buying leather from Brazil as fires continue to destroy the Amazon rainforest in that country. VF Corp. said it won't purchase leather and hide from Brazilian suppliers until it's...