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Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, from left, Orrin Noon, 10, Arlo Davis, 11, and Axel Boily, 10, beam at the crunchy critters they were about to eat at the Gold Town Theater in Juneau, Alaska. The boys were among the theatergoers who sampled edible insects prepared by David George Gordon. The bugs included seasoned chapulines, or Mexican grasshoppers, and cooked, farm-raised locusts, and the boys were ready to nosh on the crunchy critters. The reaction didn't surprise Gordon, a public speaker, naturalist and author known as the Bug Chef, who delivered a lecture before a screening of

Bugs on snack menu for 1 night at Juneau movie theater

Jan. 21, 2020 5:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three boys sat rapt in their theater seats beaming at a selection of snacks. The reason for the excitement wasn’t butter popcorn or Red Vines. Orrin Noon, 10, Arlo Davis, 11 and Axel Boily, 10, had just received samples of seasoned chapulines — Mexican grasshoppers...

Maine task force wants to limit size of ATVs on some trails

Jan. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A task force convened by the governor of Maine is recommending numerous changes to the way the state regulates all-terrain vehicles, which could be subject to new size limits. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills created the task force to help the state cope with increasing ATV registrations...

Wyoming OKs permit to test treated oil wastewater on a farm

Jan. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have issued a one-time permit for a company to test whether its technology to treat oil drilling and manufacturing wastewater can help vegetation grow on a farm. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit issued this month allows Encore Green...

Farmers drive past the Reichstag building with their tractors in Berlin, Saturday, Jan.18, 2020. On the occasion of the Green Week agricultural and food fair, people in Berlin demonstrate for more environmentally friendly agriculture. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

Protesters in Berlin support environment-friendly farming

Jan. 18, 2020 9:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Demonstrators in Berlin called for more environment-friendly agriculture practices at a protest Saturday in Berlin that included farmers with more than 150 tractors. Thousands of people gathered at the German capital's Brandenburg Gate for the protest under the motto “We've had...

Missouri farmer ran one of the biggest frauds in US history

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running...

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

Pine Tree State's new ag marketing to highlight "Real Maine"

Jan. 15, 2020 1:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture department has unveiled a new marketing program that officials believe will better represent the state's products. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry released the new “Real Maine” logo on Tuesday. The move coincided with...

Minnesotans are drinking water contaminated by nitrate

Jan. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Years of unchecked agricultural pollution has led Minnesotans to drink tap water that is contaminated with unsafe levels of nitrate, a chemical associated with cancer and other serious health problems. In a report released Tuesday morning by the Environmental Working Group, it was found...

Group: Cattle hooves, manure spoiling Southwest US waterways

Jan. 14, 2020 12:35 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government to try to keep livestock away from Southwestern waterways that are home to threatened and endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Monday, alleging the U.S. Forest Service isn't adequately...