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Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

It's turkey time: Hampton farm gearing up for Thanksgiving

Nov. 12, 2019 1:25 PM EST

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Walking a dung-covered dirt road on his family's farm, Steve Hurd attracts his flock of 600 broad-breasted white turkeys, all waddling, gobbling and expecting some food. Hurd bought the birds at a hatchery when they were six weeks old and trucked them back to his heirloom farm, to feed...

Officials to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes

Nov. 8, 2019 4:06 AM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Federal and state officials plan to work together to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. A statement from the U.S. Agriculture Department says several agencies will work together on an initiative that will include aerial operations and bait...

Iowa high court to decide if farm pollution suit continues

Nov. 5, 2019 12:55 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has decided to step into a legal battle between the state and environmental groups over whether enough is being done to keep hog manure and other farm pollutants from tainting rivers that provide central Iowans drinking water. An order signed Monday by Justice...

Scientists say quarter of all pigs could die of swine fever

Oct. 31, 2019 3:50 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Around a quarter of the world's pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as authorities grapple with a complex disease spreading rapidly in the globalization era, the World Organization for Animal Health's president said Thursday. A sharp reduction in the world's pig population would...

Michigan Senate votes to delay cage-free ban for hens

Oct. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan Senate on Thursday passed an update of the state's animal industry law, including a proposed delay of a requirement that chickens and pigs be given more room in their cages and stalls. Much of the seven-bill package won unanimous support, but senators split over...

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...

2 charged in burglary at farm where pigs escaped

Oct. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Two people have been charged in a burglary at a Vermont farm where hundreds of pigs got loose. WCAX-TV reports that according to court records a woman and her boyfriend admitted to stealing tools from the Sugar Mountain Farm in Orange in August. That's two weeks after the pigs broke...

Arkansas to review waste proposal after hog farm buyout

Oct. 7, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will review a proposal to remove waste from the country's first national river watershed after a large hog farm accepted a buyout from the state to close its site following years of environmentalist complaints. The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment hired Harbor...