Agriculture and the environment

FILE - In this March 28, 2019, file photo, David Bernhardt speaks before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing to head the Interior Department, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Interior Department is proposing to award a contract for federal water in perpetuity to a water district that long employed Bernhardt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
November 08, 2019 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial...
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FILE--In this Friday, April 12, 2019, file photograph, Colorado Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, speaks during a ceremony in the State Capitol in Denver. Garnett is co-sponsoring a proposal in the Legislature to dedicate a limited revenue stream from legalized sports betting to a state water conservation plan. Before that, though, voters will cast ballots Tuesday, Nov. 5, on whether to legalize sports betting in the state and tax the revenues to help conserve water. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 02, 2019 - 11:38 am
DENVER (AP) — Colorado residents will decide Tuesday whether to legalize sports betting and tax it to help conserve the state's most precious resource: water. Proposition DD, referred to the ballot by the Legislature, has bipartisan support from lawmakers and interest groups and only token...
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Activists of the environment protection organisation 'Greenpeace' take part in a protest rally in front of the administrative court in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Three German farming families are taking Chancellor Angela Merkel to court, arguing that her government isn't doing enough to tackle climate change. The lawsuit that will be heard Thursday is the first attempt in Germany to hold authorities legally accountable for pledges they have made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Slogan reads: 'You are sueing for everybody - we stay next to you'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
October 31, 2019 - 10:36 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by three farming families arguing that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government isn't doing enough to tackle climate change. The suit was the first attempt in Germany to hold authorities legally accountable for pledges they have made to...
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In this Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, photo, containers of the herbicide glyphosate are for sale at a farm supply store in Nakhon Phanom Province, northeast Thailand. Thailand's government has agreed to ban the use of the herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and the insecticide chlorpyrifos, all widely regarded as dangerous to human health, starting Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 22, 2019 - 9:19 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government agreed Tuesday to ban the use of three farming chemicals widely regarded as dangerous to human health. The government's National Hazardous Substances Committee voted to put the herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and the insecticide chlorpyrifos in the category...
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Protesting farmers gather in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Thousands of Dutch farmers protest over the Netherlands efforts to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Among the farmers' demands are that the government does not further reduce the number of animals they can keep. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 16, 2019 - 8:14 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch farmers drove their tractors in slow-moving convoys to a massive demonstration Wednesday to protest their treatment by the government as it seeks to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions. It is the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Ryan Parker, two pigs consume discarded milk at Nights And Weekends Homestead in Newport, Maine. The state of Maine has recently clarified rules about giving food waste to pig farms. (Photo courtesy Ryan Parker)
October 13, 2019 - 10:34 am
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...
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In this Oct. 7, 2019 photo, Scott Allen, who runs Pettit Creek Farms in bone-dry Bartow County, Ga., poses for a photo. Allen says the small streams normally used to provide water for his camels, kangaroos, zebras and other animals have dried up so they are forced to rely on other water sources. Allen says the animals are fine, but the dust is relentless since there's been no significant rain during the past two months. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin) (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)
October 10, 2019 - 2:56 pm
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in...
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Tractors driven by protesting farmers line up and block the road during a protest in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Thousands of Dutch farmers headed to the city on Tuesday, many driving in slow-moving convoys of tractors that snarled traffic in the morning rush hour, for a national day of protest to demand more respect for their profession. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
October 01, 2019 - 8:53 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers massed in The Hague on Tuesday to demand more respect for their profession, many after driving in slow-moving tractor convoys that snarled traffic around the country. Farmers staged a national day of protest as the Netherlands wrestles with...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018 file photo, wild horses drink from a watering hole outside Salt Lake City. A Senate panel has approved $35 million for a new wild horse initiative backed by animal welfare groups and the livestock industry but condemned by the largest mustang protection coalition that says it would put the free-roaming animals on a path to extinction. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 30, 2019 - 1:16 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congress is closer to approving a contentious wild horse initiative backed by national animal welfare groups and the livestock industry but condemned by leaders of the largest and oldest coalition of mustang advocates in the West. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35...
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September 26, 2019 - 6:21 pm
LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield...
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