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Jury refuses to convict 4 in Nevada ranch standoff retrial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup...

 

Breathing new life into old West Virginia mine site

Hernshaw, W.Va. (AP) — A small plot of budding lavender overlooks a mostly barren, partly-reclaimed mountainside, contrasting the old and new. "That's what it all used to look like before it was reclaimed," Aaron Smith, of Charleston, said as he...

 

Nearly all of Montana is in or trending toward drought

Billings, Mont. (AP) — Nearly all of Montana is experiencing drought or trending toward drought, fueling wildfires and costing farmers millions of dollars. The Billings Gazette reports https://goo.gl/cT54Ue drought conditions stretch 680 miles...

 

Ribbon-cutting set for new Ames water-treatment plant

Ames, Iowa (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held this week for the newly completed Ames, Iowa, water-treatment plant. The ceremony and open house will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mayor Ann Campbell, current and former City Council members,...

 

Minnesota regulators propose changes in wild rice protection

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators announced proposed rule changes Monday designed to protect wild rice from sulfate pollution, but American Indian tribes and environmentalists criticized them as inadequate. MPCA Commissioner John Linc...

 

AgCenter scientists to study 2 midge-borne bleeding diseases

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana scientists have a three-year grant to study two viral diseases that are spread by midges and cause bleeding in deer and cattle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture...

 

California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a...

 

Roberts, McCaskill discuss protecting nation's food supply

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The nation's focus on protecting its agriculture, food and livestock from terrorism and infectious diseases has waned since it became a top priority after the Sept. 11 attacks but it's time to refocus on the issue, U.S....

 

Nebraska drivers warned about cinder blocks in bags on roads

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities are warning motorists about cinder blocks hidden inside of cattle feed bags on rural roads. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that sheriff's offices have received reports of the 30-pound blocks appearing on...

 

Indiana couple's farm wins top rural preservation award

FLORA, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana couple has won a statewide rural preservation award for their farm featuring a century-old English-style barn. Tim and Beth Sheets received the Arnold Award for Rural Preservation on Thursday during the Indiana...

 

Nebraska family finds success in making goat milk soap

LYONS, Neb. (AP) — It is an idyllic place. Green trees dot the landscape of gently rolling hills. An Australian shepherd puppy named Maverick scampers in tall grass near a barn. Green grass carpets an area around the house. Inside, Angie and Blake...

 

Deported coffee farmer's daughter hopes to keep farm afloat

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (AP) — The daughter of a Hawaii coffee farmer who was deported last month to his native Mexico says the farm will stay afloat if her father can return to the United States within a year. West Hawaii Today reports... Full story

 

Nebraska project works to grow Pawnee corn

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — When the Pawnee Nation was forced from its homeland in Nebraska to a reservation in Oklahoma in the 1870s, they lost a lot more than their home and their lives. "There were 12,000 and once they got to Oklahoma, the count was...

 

Prairie bird numbers decline due to drought in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Weather, one of every hunter's most-fickle mistresses, has been particularly unkind to South Dakota this year. A dry, warm spring, followed by a hot and even-drier summer has kept the grass from growing to it's full potential,...

 

Man farms 100 feet from the Lincoln Tunnel

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — Here on a hillside farm, a hundred feet from the Lincoln Tunnel, a rooster crowed. It was 8:16 a.m., the peak of the Monday morning crush into New York City. Bus brakes squealed. A trucker's horn boomed out as cars inched...

 

Alliance aims to advance North Dakota livestock industry

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) — Six commodity and farm groups in North Dakota have formed an alliance aimed at moving the state's livestock industry forward, but some people wonder about its potential impact on family farms. Organizers of the North Dakota Li...

 

Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. T...

 

Report shows South Dakota crops feeling effects of drought

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The latest crop production report from the federal Agriculture Department indicates drought is hampering crop production in South Dakota. The state's winter wheat crop is forecast at 24.7 million bushels, down 61 percent...

 

Extreme heat decimating crops in parts of Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Evidence is piling up that this year's sizzling summer in central and southeastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world. As the drought's costs become clearer, temperatures in Serbia,...

 

Widening egg scandal hits 17 countries in Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that it plans to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month over a growing tainted egg scandal as it revealed that products contaminated with an insecticide have now spread to 17 countries....

 

US cattle grazing plan for Idaho national monument approved

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

 

Attorney: Settlement of lawsuit against ABC exceeds $177M

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A legal settlement between ABC and a South Dakota meat producer in a defamation lawsuit over the network's reports on a beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime" exceeded $177 million, an attorney for the producer said...

 

Drought hay donation lottery program now offered in 3 states

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A hay donation lottery program set up in North Dakota to help drought-stricken ranchers is being expanded to producers in South Dakota and Montana. The effort was launched last week by North Dakota's Agriculture Department ,...

 

North Dakota governor asks for new federal help amid drought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is "the epicenter of drought for the nation" because of a rain-free summer. Burgum said in a statement Monday night that his...

 

Minnesota farmer explains how to pretty up pig for fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After almost 50 years of overseeing the hog barn at the Washington County Fair, Byron Anderson has learned a thing or two about prepping pigs for competition. The first step in porcine pampering? A shampoo and set. Anderson...

 

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