- Judge orders northeast Iowa zoo to remove tigers, lemurs Updated: Feb-11-16 6:15 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled Thursday that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the animals.
- 20 wolves killed in northern Idaho to boost elk population Updated: Feb-11-16 4:17 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Twenty wolves have been killed in the Clearwater Region in northern Idaho to bolster elk populations in the area, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says.
- Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections Updated: Feb-10-16 5:51 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Threatened and endangered species in Kansas would see their protected habitats greatly shrink under a proposal that would change how those habitats are designated, a conservationist warned a Senate committee Wednesday.
- Growers fear lawsuits could cut supply of irrigation water Updated: Feb-10-16 9:54 am
MADRAS, Oregon - The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring.
- California farmers reap record sales in record drought Updated: Feb-09-16 5:58 pm
FRESNO, California - A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died.
- Pet bobcat at the center of legal fight in Ohio Updated: Feb-09-16 2:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 26-pound domesticated, declawed bobcat is at the center of a legal fight over whether its owner should be subject to Ohio's tougher wild animal laws.
- Judge to hear arguments on permit for Au Sable fish hatchery Updated: Feb-08-16 4:01 am
LANSING, Michigan - Environmental groups are challenging a state agency's decision to allow commercial aquaculture in a branch of the Au Sable River in northern Michigan.
- Proposal would create wetland mitigation bank for farmers Updated: Feb-07-16 12:10 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A proposal that's under federal review would establish a wetland mitigation credit system that could benefit farmers in South Dakota.
- Officials: Pine beetle epidemic slowing, but not yet over Updated: Feb-07-16 10:38 am
CUSTER, South Dakota - State and federal officials say the mountain pine beetle epidemic is slowing but still continuing in the Black Hills.
- Trust launches $25 million plan to protect Bay Area farms Updated: Feb-04-16 9:20 am
HALF MOON BAY, California - A Palo Alto-based nonprofit organization intends to spend $25 million over the next 10 years to increase protected farmland in San Mateo County.
- Northwest Vermont farms face possible new requirements Updated: Feb-03-16 7:40 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Many farms in northwestern Vermont may have to make changes to reduce the phosphorus pollution that feeds toxic algae in Lake Champlain, the secretary of Vermont's Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets says.
- Laser imaging helps UNH researchers see forest Updated: Feb-03-16 2:43 pm
DURHAM, New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire researchers are looking at data from laser imaging of forests with the goal of helping foresters and landowners track tree inventories to save them from the time-consuming practice of heading into the woods with tape measures.
- Farm group seeks hunter safety training for game preserves Updated: Feb-03-16 1:45 pm
HAGERSTOWN, Maryland - The Maryland Farm Bureau is asking the state Department of Natural Resources for greater safety measures at private hunting preserves after a guide was fatally shot on the Eastern Shore.
- Seattle group asks USDA to investigate elephant's death Updated: Feb-02-16 5:12 pm
SEATTLE - A Seattle-based advocacy group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the recent death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo, saying it's concerned the zoo wasn't equipped to care for the animal.
- Deer washing up on Sitka runway during hunting season Updated: Feb-02-16 7:25 am
SITKA, Alaska - Officials have seen a spike in the number of dead deer washing up on the runway of Sitka's airport during this year's hunting season.
- Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria Updated: Feb-01-16 10:05 am
WARRI, Nigeria - Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday.
- Southern Indiana facility brings farm education to students Updated: Feb-01-16 8:25 am
SEYMOUR, Indiana - In 1948, the U.S. War Assets Administration donated 220 acres of land near the former Freeman Army Airfield to Seymour Community School Corp.
- EXCHANGE: Danforth organic farmer wins sustainable ag award Updated: Jan-28-16 8:38 am
DANFORTH, Illinois - Harold Wilken, of Danforth, began farming 33 years ago and credits his first landlady, 82-year-old Ivadelle Dubois, with trying to get him to "just say no" to synthetic chemical herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers.
- Museum seeks ideas about how to display woolly mammoth bones Updated: Jan-28-16 6:19 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is seeking ideas about how to display bones from a woolly mammoth found last year by a farmer while he was digging in a southeastern Michigan soybean field.
- Windsor Selectboard opposes Green Mountain Power solar array Updated: Jan-28-16 4:03 am
WINDSOR, Vermont - The Windsor Selectboard unanimously voted to oppose the construction of a 19,000-panel solar array proposed by Green Mountain Power.
- Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades Updated: Jan-26-16 5:49 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years, public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say.
- Low grain prices make conservation program more attractive Updated: Jan-26-16 1:11 pm
ADRIAN, Minnesota - Low grain prices are making it more attractive for Minnesota farmers to put their land in a program that pays them to replant it with trees and grasses benefiting wildlife and reducing erosion.
- Wolf management reaching new levels of success in region Updated: Jan-24-16 12:24 pm
MISSOULA, Montana - Aggressively dealing with wolves that kill livestock works better than a gradual approach, according to research in Montana.
- Brothers find colonial artifacts on Virginia farm Updated: Jan-24-16 10:22 am
PAINTER, Virginia - It has been almost three years since brothers Bill and Bob Savage stumbled upon an intact 18th-century brick-lined cellar in a field on their family farm on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
- Burke leaving regional aquaculture association Updated: Jan-24-16 4:03 am
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - For John Burke, a 40-year career in Alaska fisheries began on the floor of a house in St. Mary's, a small bush community on Yukon River.