agriculture News

South Africa Culls About 7.5M Chickens in Effort to Contain Bird Flu Outbreaks

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa has culled about 7.5 million chickens in an effort to contain dozens of outbreaks of two separate strains of avian influenza that threatened to create a shortage of eggs and poultry for …

US Beefs Up Campaign to Ensure Accurate Animal Welfare Claims on Packaging

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it hopes to weed out false or misleading animal-welfare claims on meat and poultry packaging with new guidance and testing. The claims __ such as “pasture-raised,” “humanely raised,” and “raised without antibiotics” __ …

Oregon to Crack Down on Illegal Pot Growers by Holding Landowners Responsible

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon has long been known as a mecca for high-quality marijuana, but that reputation has come with a downside: illegal growers who offer huge amounts of cash to lease or buy land and then leave behind …

California Overtime Law Threatens Use of Grazing Goats to Prevent Wildfires

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Hundreds of goats munch on long blades of yellow grass on a hillside next to a sprawling townhouse complex. They were hired to clear vegetation that could fuel wildfires as temperatures rise this summer. These …

Officials Say Communities Near Refilling Tulare Lake Now Unlikely to Flood

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California officials said Monday they believe tens of thousands of people living near an ancient freshwater lake bed are not likely to experience flooding this year thanks to improving weather conditions and some swift planning following …

Yosemite Closes over Flooding Threat as Huge Snowpack Melts

LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) — Ron Caetano is packed and ready to go. His family photos and valuables are in the trailer and he’s put food in carry totes. He moved the rabbits and chickens and their automatic feeders to higher …

Evacuations Ordered After Flooding in Small Arizona Town

CHINLE, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials ordered evacuations Sunday for some residents of Chinle after floodwaters filled washes and overflowed berms and dirt dams. They said many residents are refusing to leave, however, because they want to protect their …

Insurance Losses from Mississippi Tornado Nearing $100M

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Insurance losses from the March tornado that carved a path of destruction through parts of Mississippi are approaching $100 million, and uninsured losses will likely exceed that number, the state insurance department announced Tuesday. The damage …

Washington Shutters Pot Businesses Due to Old Pesticide

SEATTLE (AP) — Cannabis regulators have halted operations at several outdoor pot farms and processing facilities on a stretch of former fruit orchards in north- central Washington state after testing found high levels of chemicals related to a dangerous pesticide …

Mississippi Tornado Recovery Tough for Low-Income Residents

ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) — A massive tornado obliterated the modest one-story home that Kimberly Berry shared with her two daughters in the Mississippi Delta flatlands, leaving only a foundation and some random belongings — a toppled refrigerator, a dresser …