Agriculture and the environment

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif. A massive new federal report warns that extreme weather disasters, like California’s wildfires and 2018’s hurricanes, are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday, Nov. 23 also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
November 23, 2018 - 7:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently...
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October 30, 2018 - 8:08 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming laws that prohibit trespassing to collect environmental data violate the U.S. Constitution's free-speech protections, a judge ruled in siding with two environmental groups and a news photographer association. Wyoming officials moreover failed to demonstrate the...
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October 12, 2018 - 5:43 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Three farmers who pleaded guilty Friday in a large-scale organic grain fraud scheme were lured into participation by a Missouri businessman who was its mastermind, a defense lawyer said. The farmers "convinced themselves to look the other way" while Randy Constant marketed...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon arrival at White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, from a trip to Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 09, 2018 - 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2008, file photo, chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif. Proposition 12 on California's November ballot would require that egg-laying hens be cage free by 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
October 06, 2018 - 2:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters are right to think they already weighed in on how big cages should be for egg-laying hens. In 2008, voters ushered in Proposition 2, which sought to free egg-laying hens from tiny cages. It didn't outlaw cages but barred California farmers from keeping hens —...
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September 26, 2018 - 10:44 am
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A runaway kangaroo in South Florida has wildlife officers sending up a pair of drones to help search for a second day. More than a dozen officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been joined by state troopers and local law enforcement in the...
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A hog farm is inundated with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 17, 2018 - 11:18 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have...
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A hog farm is inundated with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 16, 2018 - 6:52 pm
As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising pollution concerns. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina...
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Residents step out of a high water vehicle after being evacuated by the police when their neighborhood began to flood as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
September 16, 2018 - 4:21 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Duke Energy says the collapse of a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast is an "ongoing situation," with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water...
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September 16, 2018 - 10:47 am
There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a...
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