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Walz signs order creating Governor's Biofuels Council

Sep. 16, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

PLATO, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is setting up a council to advise him on how to foster the growth of Minnesota's biofuels industry. The Governor's Biofuels Council will have 15 members, including representatives of the agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as environmental and...

Salmon farmers defend transparency after Canada fish escape

Sep. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

A salmon farming group is defending its effort to be transparent with the public about the problem of escaped fish in the wake of an incident in which hundreds of salmon got loose near the border of Maine and Canada. Cooke Aquaculture, which dominates the salmon farming industry in the area, has said an equipment...

Wisconsin DNR looks to expand manure restrictions

Sep. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' administration is taking the first steps toward restricting manure and fertilizer in areas prone to pollution, a move that could preserve water quality but cost farmers millions as they already are struggling with low milk prices and President Donald Trump's trade...

Hummingbirds fill the air at a South Carolina farm

Sep. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Wings drum past your ear, tiny bead-black eyes hover in front of yours as hummingbirds swarm the backyard of Colleen and Al Foster. "Yesterday, I must have seen 100 here," Al Foster said on a recent afternoon. "The air was just full of them. You were about scared to walk through...

Theriot farm to grow more than 1,000 cypress trees

Sep. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

THERIOT, La. (AP) — Two years ago, Charles Gaiennie and his wife returned to family land in Theriot to start their own farm. Through a partnership with the New Orleans-based nonprofit Common Ground Relief Wetlands, they will use a portion of their 70 acres at Lytle Farms as a tree nursery to grow more than...

Unknown predator attacks farm and kills 7 goats

Sep. 13, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BENSON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont farmer has lost 13 goats to an unknown animal. Falkenbury Farm in Rutland County reports seven goats died and six more are missing following an attack. A Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist was unable to find tracks to identify the species of attacker. The goats did not have...

The Latest: EPA revokes water protection regulation

Sep. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders and...

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the...

Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...

Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

Sep. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in...