- State takes new approach to regulate pot farms water use Updated: Aug-30-15 7:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Fish and Wildlife officers have recently joined local narcotics teams in inspecting pot farms that are allegedly draining a half million gallons of water a day from Northern California's Eel River as part of a unique state effort to identify growers willing to work with authorities to monitor water use and environmental effects from marijuana cultivation.
- General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts Updated: Aug-30-15 2:02 pm
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota - General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 - not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.
- Temporary ban on hog farms in river watershed approved Updated: Aug-29-15 2:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission has approved a five-year ban on new medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed.
- Dem chairwoman calls on GOP lawmaker to resign over EPA fine Updated: Aug-28-15 6:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini on Friday called on Republican state Rep. Andy Holt to resign over alleged environmental violations at his northwestern Tennessee hog farm.
- Foster Farms fined for untreated chicken wastewater release Updated: Aug-28-15 2:27 pm
KELSO, Washington - The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Foster Farms in Kelso $44,000 for releasing untreated chicken processing wastewater to a treatment plant.
- Things to know: EPA water rules take effect in some states Updated: Aug-28-15 3:21 am
WASHINGTON - New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday - but only in some states.
- Ag secretary promises more sage grouse spending across West Updated: Aug-27-15 8:55 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The federal government plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse in Western states - regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
- Californians cut water without state imposing fines Updated: Aug-27-15 7:49 pm
FRESNO, California - For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.
- California, US seek permits for giant water tunnels project Updated: Aug-27-15 7:26 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Federal and California agencies have filed some of the first permit applications for a proposed project involving the construction of twin 30-mile tunnels to help carry water from the northern to southern and central regions of the state, officials said Thursday.
- EXCHANGE: Crop sprayers help farmers fight summer of mud Updated: Aug-27-15 7:56 am
KANKAKEE, Illinois - They make their living at 135 miles per hour, about eight feet off the ground. And, they've never been busier.
- Group threatens to sue over farmed salmon in Puget Sound Updated: Aug-25-15 4:31 pm
SEATTLE - A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound.
- Iowa State cancels poultry farm classes to avoid bird flu Updated: Aug-25-15 3:08 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said Monday it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm.
- Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill Updated: Aug-24-15 11:26 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.
- Indiana regulators OK solar power agreements for Duke Energy Updated: Aug-23-15 5:10 pm
KOKOMO, Indiana - Indiana regulators have approved agreements allowing Duke Energy to purchase 20 megawatts of power from four solar farms in the works around the state, including one that will built atop a former federal Superfund site.
- Officials say 84 new poultry houses in the works in Accomack Updated: Aug-23-15 9:52 am
ACCOMAC, Virginia - Accomack County's poultry industry is burgeoning, according to a new report.
- New Texas deer rules pending over chronic wasting disease Updated: Aug-22-15 12:37 pm
SAN ANTONIO - They're raised in high-fenced pens, named and nurtured from birth by breeders hoping for a big payoff when the deer are sold as quarry for hunters or to propagate elsewhere.
- Indianapolis warehouse to become organic hydroponic farm Updated: Aug-22-15 12:04 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Workers are turning an old warehouse in Indianapolis into an organic hydroponic farm.
- Historic Plainfield farm to be protected under program Updated: Aug-22-15 9:50 am
PLAINFIELD, Connecticut - An historic 59-acre Plainfield fruit and vegetable farm known for its heirloom apples is being protected under Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program.
- NOFA-VT seeks workshop proposals for winter conference Updated: Aug-22-15 9:13 am
RICHMOND, Vermont - The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is seeking applicants for workshop proposals for its 34th annual winter conference.
- Seed bugs swarm California communities, invade homes, cars Updated: Aug-21-15 5:22 pm
LONE PINE, California - The gas station's ground was covered with the small winged bugs. Piles of carcasses, inches deep, sat swept to the sides.
- Toxic algae prompts record number of Iowa beach advisories Updated: Aug-21-15 4:04 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The number of Iowa public beaches affected by toxic algae blooms reached a record this summer and public health officials confirmed Friday that they are investigating nine cases of possible human exposure.
- Missouri congressman wants environmental agency eliminated Updated: Aug-20-15 4:31 pm
SEDALIA, Missouri - Missouri's Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency should be eliminated.
- Farmers can seek funds to prevent runoff that causes algae Updated: Aug-20-15 4:05 am
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Farmers in southeastern Michigan still have time to apply for federal assistance with measures to reduce nutrient runoff from their land that winds up in Lake Erie and promotes algae growth.
- $8.2M organic egg farm under construction in Allegan County Updated: Aug-19-15 2:43 am
OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Michigan - An organic egg farm that's set to house 480,000 hens is under construction in western Michigan's Allegan County.
- Officials celebrate Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest Updated: Aug-18-15 6:34 pm
SOLON SPRINGS, Wisconsin - A ranking U.S. Department of Agriculture official joined Sen. Tammy Baldwin and others in northwestern Wisconsin to celebrate what's billed as the largest land conservation effort in state history.