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Tennessee State gets $1.9M agriculture grant from USDA

May. 17, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University won a $1.9 million grant for its College of Agriculture to lead a group of historically Black schools in research around sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, the college announced on Monday. The 1890 Center of...

Crews battle 500-acre wildfire in North Carolina preserve

May. 10, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that covered more than 500 acres in southeastern North Carolina on Tuesday and forced the shutdown of a highway, state officials said. A news release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture of Consumer Services said...

State regulators approve large hog farm in Crawford County

May. 10, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has approved a permit for a new factory farm in southwestern Wisconsin, a region known for its rolling hills and clear trout streams. Howard “AV” Roth plans to construct a second hog farm, this one capable of producing...

Governor signs bill to help farms cope with extreme weather

May. 07, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill to help Maine farmers respond to extreme weather conditions through a new grant program has become law. The bill signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday followed persistent drought conditions in 2020, stunting the potato crop and hurting other...

Montana State researchers documenting state's bee population

May. 07, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Just off south 19th Avenue near Montana State University is an unassuming building that houses seven rooms filled with the Montana Entomology Collection, some specimens dating back over 100 years. Within those rooms is an ongoing project to document the species of bees...

Agriculture corner in Asheville brings communities together

May. 07, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A mustard seed of faith, hard work and heart are helping to cultivate a historic Asheville neighborhood. In 2014, Southside Community Garden was established as a food source for residents who lacked accessibility to grocery stores. “There...

Canadian poultry farmers fearful of avian flu strain

May. 06, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Canadian poultry farmers are facing fear and stress as a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 avian influenza is currently circulating in both wild and domestic flocks across North America. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency poultry and egg...

Brazil's Amazon deforestation hits record for month of April

May. 06, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation detected in the Brazilian Amazon broke all records for the month of April, and that followed similar new records set in January and February, reflecting a worrisome uptick in destruction in a state deep within the rainforest. Satellite alerts of...

Europe's farmers stir up biogas to offset Russian energy

May. 06, 2022 02:40 AM EDT

SONCHAMP, France (AP) — In lush fields southwest of Paris, farmers are joining Europe’s fight to free itself from Russian gas. They'll soon turn on the tap of a new facility where crops and agricultural waste are mashed up and fermented to produce “biogas.” It's among energy...

Bird flu takes unheard-of toll on bald eagles, other birds

May. 05, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bird flu is killing an alarming number of bald eagles and other wild birds, with many sick birds arriving at rehabilitation centers unsteady on their talons and unable to fly. “It’s quite a sight to see an eagle with a six-foot wingspan having uncontrollable...