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Funds to reward Vermont farmers who reduce phosphorus runoff

Sep. 18, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New federal funding will reward Vermont farmers who further reduce phosphorus runoff from beyond current targets. The $7 million in funding announced Thursday is meant to help Vermont meet clean water targets, officials said. “Vermont’s farmers play a critical in...

In this image made from video, an alligator is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Moss Point, Miss.. As Hurricane Sally's outer bands reached the U.S. Gulf Coast and landfall was imminent, the manager of Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours was hoping he wouldn't have to live a repeat of what happened at the gator farm during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

'Sigh of relief': Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch

Sep. 16, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — As rain and wind from Sally started reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as...

EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Sep. 14, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

Federal regulators on Monday handed a victory to corn farmers and the renewable fuels industry by refusing to allow a group of petroleum refiners in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make. Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied President Donald Trump to...

State Sen. Victoria Spartz, R-Noblesville, speaks during a legislative hearing on Oct. 1, 2019, at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. A published report says profits from family property sales boosted Spartz's personal finances as she has given at least $1 million toward her campaign for central Indiana's 5th Congressional District seat. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Land sale profits helped fund GOP candidate's Congress bid

Sep. 14, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Profits from family property sales boosted the personal finances of an Indiana state senator who has given at least $1 million toward her campaign for a congressional seat, according to a published report. Republican Sen. Victoria Spartz claimed only her legislative pay of about $71,000...

Bridger-Teton National Forest acquires formerly private land

Sep. 14, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Forest officials in Wyoming have announced that the Bridger-Teton National Forest increased by 240 acres (97 hectares) after formerly private land was transferred to the forest. The Bridger-Teton, The Conservation Fund and the Jackson Hole Land Trust said last week that the forest...

Couple makes fresh start on family farm in Chickasaw County

Sep. 13, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW HOULKA, Miss. (AP) — He was a teacher, and she worked in retail – then Schuyler and Jane Oliver Dickson moved to rural Chickasaw County to start afresh in pursuit of a healthy life, healthy soil and healthy food. To get to Alali Farms, travelers could drive south on Highway 15, and then swing...

A wild elephant is prepared to be transported as part of operations carried out by authorities to catch and relocate wild elephants who have upset farming communities, in Guitry, Ivory Coast Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. An elephant who was named Hamed by the residents in the southern region of Ivory Coast has been captured and moved to the zoo in Abidjan as he awaits a transfer to an appropriate park, in an effort to save the dwindling population. (AP Photo)

Ivory Coast relocates elephants to save dwindling population

Sep. 11, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An elephant named Hamed by residents in a southern region of Ivory Coast has been captured and relocated to the zoo in Abidjan as he awaits transfer to a park where authorities hope he will have non-human company instead. Authorities are catching and relocating wild elephants...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, watermen dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland near Ridge, Md.  A lawsuit filed Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation and others, is claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to ensure that Pennsylvania and New York are doing enough to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Attorneys general from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia say they’ve filed a similar lawsuit. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Lawsuit: EPA fails to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution caps

Sep. 10, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to ensure that Pennsylvania and New York are doing enough to reduce pollution that flows from farms and cities into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday. The federal suit was brought by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019 file photo, a wild boar runs through a forest in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Following a suspected case of African swine fever in Brandenburg, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Kloeckner informed about the results of the analysis after examining a sample of the carcass. The animal disease has been detected for the first time in Germany.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Germany confirms 1st case of swine fever on its territory

Sep. 10, 2020 7:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has confirmed the first case of African swine fever on its territory, after a wild boar cadaver found in the eastern state of Brandenburg tested positive, the country’s agriculture minister said Thursday. African swine fever is usually deadly for pigs but doesn't affect humans....

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of 2020, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Environmentalists say Washington's wolf program is broken

Sep. 7, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock, a move winning praise from conservation groups. The Democrat on Friday reversed the commission’s denial of a...