Agriculture

Norway firm eyes Maine for major salmon farming operation

Jan 30, 2018

A Norwegian firm says it has bought land in Maine that it intends to use to build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms

Venezuelans 'loot to eat' amid economic tailspin

Jan 30, 2018

A surge of looting and other hunger-related crimes carried out by Venezuela's poor have replaced last years' political protests by the middle class seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro

Report calls for hog farm moratorium, new permit system

Jan 26, 2018

A new report on the rapid expansion of hog farms in Iowa concludes that the state's regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health for the sake of profit by the politically powerful livestock industry.

Foreign workers hired to pick blueberries sue farm

Jan 26, 2018

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of about 600 foreign farmworkers, including some who staged a strike over working conditions at a blueberry farm in northwestern Washington last summer

17 universities oppose anti-smoking group with tobacco ties

Jan 25, 2018

Seventeen public health schools in the U.S. and Canada are pledging not to accept research money from a new anti-smoking group supported by the tobacco industry

Cow escapes farm to run free with wild bison in Poland

Jan 25, 2018

A farmyard cow in Poland has chosen freedom this winter, roaming with a bison herd for three months after escaping its pen

Court challenge seeks to block vast California pot farms

Jan 24, 2018

An alliance of California marijuana growers is trying to block state rules that they fear could open the way for vast farms that would strangle smaller cultivators

State unveils license plate for team that left 20 years ago

Jan 23, 2018

Connecticut's Department of Motors Vehicles unveils new commemorative license plate for the Hartford Whalers, despite the team having left the state 20 years ago

Arkansas lawmakers approve ban on disputed herbicide

Jan 19, 2018

Arkansas lawmakers have approved banning an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied and caused damage, but the prohibition still faces a legal challenge from a maker of the weed killer

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

Jan 19, 2018

The government wants to change how most hogs slaughtered for meat in the U.S. are processed

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