Latest Agriculture and the environment News

New Colombian president pledges to protect rainforest

Jun. 25, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves...

Pick your own berries, flowers on farms in SW Louisiana

Jun. 25, 2022 01:15 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — There are rows upon rows of sunflowers and zinnias at Petite Anse Farm in New Iberia, but they’re not just meant to be seen. The hardy flowers suited to the heat of south Louisiana summers are there to be picked. Farm owners and operators Andrew “Andy”...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

Lancaster Online/LNP. June 15, 2022. Editorial: As cost of farmland soars, next generation of farmers finding ways to get a foothold Farmland in Lancaster County is valuable — increasingly valuable — in more ways than one. It’s essential to the...

Jury awards $595,000 to Lummi tribe for salmon pen collapse

Jun. 22, 2022 23:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state jury on Wednesday awarded the Lummi Indian tribe $595,000 over the 2017 collapse of a net pen where Atlantic salmon were being raised — an event that elicited fears of damage to wild salmon runs and prompted the Legislature to ban the farming of the nonnative...

Forest Service grazing decision irks environmental group

Jun. 22, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a new rule waiving fees for unauthorized grazing under some circumstances in a move blasted by an environmental group that says the agency is codifying lax enforcement. The Forest Service issued the decision this month...

Thousands of Dutch farmers protest, fearing government cuts

Jun. 22, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

STROE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of farmers gathered in the central Netherlands Wednesday to protest the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, driving their tractors across the Netherlands and snarling traffic on major highways. The...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jun. 22, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 17, 2022. Editorial: Did climate change kill 2,000 Kansas cows? Farmers can’t afford to ignore science Extreme weather conditions that caused thousands of cattle to perish in Kansas feedlots this past weekend may or may not have been caused by...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 20, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

Dallas Morning News. June 18, 2022. Editorial: Texas must protect its mountain lions and ban footholds “There’s a mountain lion somewhere right now stuck in a trap.” A group of landowners and biologists is lobbying the Texas Parks and Wildlife...

After writer's murder in the Amazon, can his vision survive?

Jun. 19, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — British journalist Dom Phillips’ quest to unlock the secrets of how to preserve Brazil’s Amazon was cut short this month when he was killed along with a colleague in the heart of the forest he so cherished. Some of his discoveries may yet see the light of day. ...

Hydroponic farm to hire 150 at $120M facility near Atlanta

Jun. 14, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — An Ohio-based hydroponic farming company says it's building a $120 million facility in suburban Atlanta, with plans to hire 150 employees. The company 80 Acres Farms, based in Hamilton, Ohio, said Monday that the facility will be completed in August and start...