Latest Agriculture and the environment News

Wolf's comeback in US triggers debate on protection levels

May. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states. California says it opposes...

Mexico cancels school in capital due to poor air quality

May. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's education ministry cancelled schools in the capital and surrounding areas for Thursday due to a siege of air pollution. Weather conditions at the end of Mexico's dry season combined with dozens of brushfires burning in and around the city have produced a blanket of smoky haze....

Missouri lawmakers OK limits on local industrial farm rules

May. 14, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill that would prevent local officials in Missouri from regulating industrial farms more strictly than the state does is heading to the desk of GOP Gov. Mike Parson, a cattle rancher who seems likely to sign the measure into law. The Republican-led House passed the measure...

37 spotted seal pups rescued from China traffickers released

May. 11, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Animal rights groups on Saturday cheered the release of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers into the wild in northern China in a small victory for efforts to save the country's endangered species. Humane Society International said the pups were discovered three months ago by police...

5th farmer pleads guilty in massive organic grain fraud case

May. 10, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A fifth farmer has pleaded guilty to his role in an organic grain fraud scheme that involved at least $140 million in sales of grain. John Burton, of Clarksdale, Missouri, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, as part of a plea agreement with...

New doc chronicles how a California farming oasis came to be

May. 8, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — John and Molly Chester, a filmmaker and a chef, had made a decision that many urbanites only fantasize about: They decided to leave their life in Los Angeles and start a farm that would function in harmony with nature. Their family and friends thought they were crazy, but they were...

Review: In 'Biggest Little Farm,' a journey back to the land

May. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

"The Biggest Little Farm" is a documentary with the title, and much of the rosy fantasy, of a picture book. John and Molly Chester didn't, like Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, buy a zoo. But they got start-up investors to help them purchase a 213-acre farm just north of Los Angeles. "Not just any farm," John...

New Zealand introduces climate bill to become carbon neutral

May. 7, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Wednesday introduced an ambitious climate change bill that aims to make the nation mostly carbon neutral by 2050 while giving some leeway to farmers. However, some farming industry groups say the measures remain too onerous and threaten the future...

UN report: Humans accelerating extinction of other species

May. 6, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. But it's not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations' first comprehensive report on biodiversity. "We have...

Missouri Senate passes bill on industrial farms

May. 2, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to block local officials from regulating industrial farms more strictly than the state does. Senators voted 23-11 Thursday to send the bill to the House. The measure sparked an overnight debate earlier this week over the environmental impact...