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Invasive and toxic 'devil weed' found on Hawaii's Big Island

Sep. 28, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An invasive plant species that is toxic to cattle and highly flammable has been found on Hawaii's Big Island. Chromolaena odorata, also known as “devil weed,” was found on the east side of the Big Island earlier this year, the Hawaii...

Pennsylvania eyes $500M from feds for environmental program

Sep. 28, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state Senate committee in Pennsylvania approved legislation Tuesday to use federal coronavirus relief aid to revive a long-running program designed to help clean up waterways, fix up parks and preserve open space. The bill, approved 10-1, would...

New deal expands conserved property in Cumberland Plateau

Sep. 28, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit organization and two Tennessee state agencies have expanded protection of conserved property in the Cumberland Plateau by more than 11,700 acres (4,734 hectares). The Conservation Fund, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division...

Maine finds no violations at salmon farm fish die off site

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

FRENCHBORO, Maine (AP) — Regulators in Maine said they found no permit violations stemming from thousands of fish deaths at an aquaculture operation off the state's coast. Cooke Aquaculture, a Canada-based fish farming giant, operates salmon farms that include...

Carbon dioxide pipelines may be opposed in Nebraska, Iowa

Sep. 26, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The companies working to build pipelines to capture carbon dioxide produced by ethanol plants and transport it as a liquid under high pressure to permanent storage deep underground may face opposition from farmers and environmental groups in Nebraska and Iowa. ...

6 tribes sue Wisconsin to try to stop November wolf hunt

Sep. 21, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Six Native American tribes sued Wisconsin on Tuesday to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred. The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the...

Ida recovery meeting Thursday for agricultural producers

Sep. 21, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is holding an in-person and online meeting Thursday morning for southeastern Louisiana producers who suffered agricultural losses from Hurricane Ida. AgCenter agent Anna Timmerman says state and federal help is available. ...

Invasive fungus that harms bats is spreading in Washington

Sep. 21, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread in Washington, with the fungus detected in late spring near Rimrock Lake. During spring and summer field work this year, scientists with the Washington Department of Fish...

Oregon expands wolf kill due to threat to livestock

Sep. 17, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon are stepping up efforts to kill wolves from a pack in the eastern part of the state due to continued attacks by the animals and evidence they are now focusing on livestock. KTVZ reports the Oregon Department of Fish and...

Federal court rejects Idaho pollution permit for dairies

Sep. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from large dairy farms. But the ruling appears to have limited immediate ramifications for the state’s $3 billion...