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A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...

Mexico's indigenous Lacandon battle settlers over rainforest

Oct. 11, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The few remaining indigenous Lacandon are locked in a struggle to protect their ancestral home: the last pocket of tropical rainforest in North America. There are only about 1,500 Lacandones left, scattered in a handful of settlements across the 1,280 square miles ...

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

Oct. 10, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought...

The Latest: New report shows US 'flash drought' more intense

Oct. 10, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the drought in the southern United States (all times local): 9 a.m. Forecasters say a "flash drought" is intensifying across the southern United States. A new report out Thursday shows that severe and extreme drought conditions are spreading into more parts of the...

Goat rams through sliding glass door, naps inside bathroom

Oct. 9, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio homeowner never envisioned becoming semi-famous because of a goat butting its way into her home and taking a nap in her bathroom. "This is the most random story in the world," Jennifer Keathley said Tuesday, breaking out into laughter. The break-in happened Friday when an escaped...

Lion patrol: Learning to share the savannah with big animals

Oct. 8, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOIBOR SIRET, Tanzania (AP) — Saitoti Petro scans a dirt road in northern Tanzania for recent signs of the top predator on the African savannah. "If you see a lion," he warns, "stop and look it straight in the eyes — you must never run." Petro points to a fresh track in the dirt, a paw print...

Tens of thousands of goats munch Greek island into crisis

Oct. 6, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

SAMOTHRAKI, Greece (AP) — With oak and chestnut forests, waterfalls and rugged coastline, Samothraki has a wild beauty and a remoteness that sets it apart from other Greek islands. There are no package holidays here or even a reliable ferry service to the mainland. Island authorities hope to achieve UNESCO...

Nunes files $77M suit, alleging Iowa farm story defamed him

Oct. 3, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A California congressman has filed yet another lawsuit against a major media organization, claiming he was defamed in a magazine story about his family’s Iowa dairy farm. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, filed the $77.5 million lawsuit...

South Korea confirms 2 more swine fever cases

Oct. 2, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed two additional cases of African swine fever near its border with North Korea despite heightened efforts to contain the epidemic that has wiped out pig populations across Asia. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said lab tests...

Ag secretary: No guarantee small dairy farms will survive

Oct. 1, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn't know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters following an appearance at the...