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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivers his State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Evers calls lawmakers into special session on dairy crisis

Jan. 23, 2020 3:00 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday called the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session beginning next week to consider an $8.5 million package of bills designed to help rural Wisconsin in the face of a crisis that's caused a loss of one-third of the state's dairy farms since...

Body found in manure pile at central California dairy farm

Jan. 23, 2020 1:33 PM EST

GALT, Calif. (AP) — A man's body was found in a pile of manure at a dairy farm in central California and authorities are investigating the discovery as a suspicious death, authorities said. A worker at the farm in Galt found the body Wednesday while working in the area where manure and waste get processed,...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers acknowledges applause before his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Evers unveils plan to tackle Wisconsin's farm crisis

Jan. 22, 2020 9:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers extolled lawmakers during his State of the State speech Wednesday to work together to address the state's farm crisis, calling a special session of the Legislature as part of a three-prong attack to tackle the problem that's seen a record number of...

Court: Kansas "Ag-Gag" unconstitutionally bans free speech

Jan. 22, 2020 8:55 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalize free speech, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil mostly sided with a coalition of animal rights and consumer...

NY governor's budget includes host of laws he wants passed

Jan. 22, 2020 8:14 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a $178 billion budget proposal this week alongside a host of laws he wants to pass — from allowing e-bikes to a ban on single-use Styrofoam containers. The Democrat has made it a practice of his to propose multiple new laws with budgets when he...

Bill defining milk advances in Virginia legislature

Jan. 22, 2020 8:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As people drink less dairy milk and some turn to plant-based alternatives such as oat, soy and almond milk, dairy farmers say they're struggling. That’s why Virginia is the latest state to advance legislation restricting the use of the word milk for marketing purposes. Del....

People are guided during a cellar tour of the Dewar’s Distillery in Aberfeldy, the Scottish Highlands, in 2018, where they have produced Scotch whisky since 1898, and offer traditional whisky tastings, and a whisky and chocolate tasting tour.  Many people now like to know more about their food and drink and where it comes from, leading to a boom in so-called

Spirit Tourism: Britain sees spike in visits to distilleries

Jan. 22, 2020 11:23 AM EST

Many people these days are thirsting not just for a drink but for knowledge about where it comes from. ``Spirit tourism’’ is booming across the United Kingdom, with artisanal brands and micro distilleries popping up and many global brands distilled here. Bombay Sapphire distillery, for example,...

Tennessee sheriff on the lookout for a cattle rustler

Jan. 21, 2020 12:49 PM EST

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Tennessee are looking for a cattle rustler. Sheriff's deputies were investigating the theft of 36 head of cattle from a farm in Greene County, news outlets reported. The victim told investigators that someone pulled onto his property late last Thursday...

Deputy who detained farmworker acted properly, sheriff says

Jan. 21, 2020 12:34 PM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont sheriff determined that one of his deputies did not violate the department's fair and impartial policing policy when he detained a farmworker and called federal immigration authorities. Chittenden County Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin released a report Friday saying his...

Family and friends mark Landon Gran's gravestone with a wreath and a flag at a cemetery east of Norseland, Minn. Landon's mother, Michele, said his friends continue to visit after he died inside a grain bin Aug. 14. (Pat Christman)/The Free Press via AP)

Minnesota mother whose son died to push for grain bin safety

Jan. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EST

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Michele Gran can clearly remember telling her son not to go to work on Aug. 14 of last year. Landon Gran, 18, suffered a sore back from farm work at a nearby operation two miles south of the Grans’ farm in rural Norseland. Michele had wanted her oldest child to take a break,...