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Maine asking for help finding pesky forest bugs

Aug. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is asking residents to keep an eye on trees near their homes and neighborhoods for strange bugs. August is a peak time of the year to be able to observe invasive insects, which can do damage to trees in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry...

An eco-corridor for the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin crosses over an interstate highway in Silva Jardim, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Once recently planted trees grow on the bridge, it will allow the primates to safely cross the busy highway that bisects one of the last Atlantic coast rainforest reserves. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao)

Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge to themselves

Aug. 7, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It's meant for a very special sort of pedestrian: golden lion tamarins, small orange primates that for decades have been at risk of extinction. The little primate, whose name derives from...

Appeals court: NOAA can't make rules for offshore fish farms

Aug. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a decision that throws out rules regulating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico. The law granting authority over fisheries to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not also let the agency set rules for offshore fish...

Recent Kansas editorials

Aug. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal, July 29 There’s an adage that good fences make good neighbors. When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service filed a water impairment notice with the Kansas Department of Agriculture regarding water rights at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in 2013, it posed a grave threat to the region. The...

Program offers support, education on organic farming

Aug. 2, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An association that promotes organic farming in New Hampshire is hosting six virtual farm tours. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, through a program that promotes workforce development in the sector, is hoping the tours educate farmers and provides support...

Don't open those mystery seed packets, Maine officials say

Aug. 2, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture authorities are asking residents who receive unsolicited packages of seeds from China in the mail to avoid opening them and contact the state. People around the country have reported receiving the packages. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, minks look out of a cage at a fur farm in the village of Litusovo, northeast of Minsk, Belarus. Coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

Aug. 2, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people. In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in both countries as a precaution. The virus...

Vermonters warned about unsolicited seeds from China

Aug. 2, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is asking residents who have received unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have come from China not to open them or plant them and to report the package to the agency. The type of seeds have not yet been identified and the agency had been...

Alice Strunck visits the site of natural springs that feed the Devils River on her family's Hudspeth River Ranch in Val Verde County north of Comstock, Texas, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Her family has owned the ranch since 1905 and encompasses part of the Devils River and several springs that feed it. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Texas (AP) — Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful...

Rabies vaccine to be dropped from planes in rural Vermont

Aug. 1, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Rabies vaccines will be dropped from low-flying planes in rural Vermont for a week to stop the spread of the disease in wild animals. The annual rabies bait drop starts Saturday and is a collaborative effort between the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services....