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President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, police look at items seized from store suspected of trafficking wildlife in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. As China enforces a temporary ban on the wildlife trade to contain the outbreak of a new virus, many are calling for a more permanent solution before disaster strikes again. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP, File)

Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals

Feb. 14, 2020 4:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS. The ban was later lifted, and the animals reappeared. Now another coronavirus is spreading through...

In this Oct. 29, 2018, photo, Jeff Schwartzkopf, of Rudd, Iowa, looks at the concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, built near his home in Rudd, Iowa. Jeff and Gail Schwartzkopf say their lives changed drastically after a hog operation was built a quarter-mile from their home in northern Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers

Feb. 6, 2020 12:36 PM EST

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — In recent years, Fred Zenk built two barns housing about 2,400 hogs between them — long, white, concrete-and-metal structures that are ubiquitous in the Midwestern countryside. The Iowa farmer didn’t follow state requirements to get construction approval and file a manure...

In this Oct. 29, 2018, photo, Jeff Schwartzkopf, of Rudd, Iowa, looks at the concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, built near his home in Rudd, Iowa. Jeff and Gail Schwartzkopf say their lives changed drastically after a hog operation was built a quarter-mile from their home in northern Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers

Feb. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EST

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — In recent years, Fred Zenk built two barns housing about 2,400 hogs between them — long, white, concrete-and-metal structures that are ubiquitous in the Midwestern countryside. The Iowa farmer didn’t follow state requirements to get construction approval and file a manure...

In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's case for acquittal

Feb. 3, 2020 12:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment defense appears to have cleared the bar as far as his fellow Republicans are concerned. But its adherence to the facts is another matter. Multiple distortions marked Trump's case for acquittal in recent days as the Senate moved toward that expected...

This undated image provided by Michelob ULTRA shows U.S. farmers in a scene from the company's 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot. Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, promises to create more organic farmland for every six-pack sold. (Michelob ULTRA via AP)

Super Bowl Ads: Buy a beer for ... a tiny organic farm?

Feb. 2, 2020 9:45 PM EST

Here's the latest on what's happening with ads during the Super Bowl. All times EST. 9:30 p.m. Another Super Bowl, another head-scratching ad about beer and agriculture. Last year, it was Bud Light insulting U.S. corn farmers when it made fun of rival brands that use corn syrup in their beers. One of those 2019...

A helicopter drops water on a fire near Bumbalong, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The threat is posed by a blaze on Canberra's southern fringe that has razed more than 21,500 hectares (53,000 acres) since it was sparked by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday, the Emergency Services Agency said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Wildfires threaten Australian capital and southeast towns

Feb. 1, 2020 4:28 AM EST

CANBERRA, Austrralia (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control near Australia’s national capital, Canberra, and across surrounding New South Wales state on Saturday, with endangered residents warned to prepare to evacuate. The capital region declared a state of emergency on Friday because of a fire...

Poland: New law allows prison terms for disrupting hunts

Jan. 30, 2020 10:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has signed into law legislation that is intended to contain the spread of African swine fever and allows three-year prison sentences for anyone convicted of interrupting organized hunts. Critics of the bill signed by President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday say the law...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters of North Toledo, Ohio. Ohio is rolling out a new strategy to save Lake Erie from the toxic algae that overwhelms it in the summer. Beginning in February, the state will start offering financial incentives to farmers who adopt new agriculture practices. Those are designed to reduce farm runoff that feeds the algae in the lake. Ohio's approach is being watched closely by states around the U.S. that are struggling with an increasing number of algae outbreaks in lakes and rivers. (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP, File)

Ohio's toxic algae plan could give other states a blueprint

Jan. 29, 2020 10:33 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly halfway into a 10-year pledge to combat the toxic algae that turns Lake Erie a ghastly shade of green, Ohio has made little progress. Its patchwork of mostly voluntary efforts hasn't slowed the farm fertilizers that feed algae blooms, leading to contaminated drinking water and...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Jan. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are...