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Environmental regulators announced new grants to help researchers investigate how harmful PFAS affect plants and animals in agricultural environments.   By Liza Gross October 30, 2023   The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday $8 million in new research funding t...
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By Noelle Phillips This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A veteran employee of the Bureau of Land Management in the San Luis Valley filed a whistleblower complaint Monday, saying her bosses are failing to enforce livestock grazing rules on public lands and are jeopardizing the ecosystem along the Rio Grande Ri...
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  Rain hurts some wheat growers, helps others; produce faces bumpy road to market By Judith Kohler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Late summer is prime time for Colorado produce that people look forward to for months and typically the end of the harvest for one of the state’s biggest crops: wheat. T...
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  By Mitch Smith The New York Times SYRACUSE, Kan.>> This single field, just 160 acres of Kansas dirt, tells the story of a torturous wheat season. One side is a drought-scorched graveyard for grain that never made it to harvest. Near the center, combines plod through chest-high weed...
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            By Taiwo Adebayo The Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria>> Abubakar Salisu was terrified when he discovered arid sand in the middle of his farmland, rendering a broad strip unfit for crops. Now, extreme heat is killing his wheat before it is ready for ...
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“OFFSET SOME OF YOUR WASTE”   By Melina Walling The Associated Press DYSART, Iowa>> When Al Schafbuch cut back on plowing his Iowa fields decades ago and later began growing cover crops, he was out to save money on fertilizer and reduce erosion. He got those benefits and saw his soil ...
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By Linda Qiu The New York Times WASHINGTON>> The Agriculture Department said Wednesday that it would establish a monitoring and data collection network to measure greenhouse gas emissions and determine how much carbon can be captured using certain farming practices. The network, using $300 ...
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By Melina Walling The Associated Press Mily Trevino-Sauceda was 9 when her mother fell as she worked to move irrigation pipes along rows of potato and alfalfa on an Idaho farm. Mily’s 10-year-old brother splashed water over their mother’s face and body while her children looked on, scared and cryi...
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By Eric Asimov The New York Times Robert Mondavi paved the way for California’s Napa Valley to take a place among the leading wine regions of the world and raised the bar for all American producers. By the force of his charismatic personality, Mondavi, a hard-driving visionary who established the...
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y Conrad Swanson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. One way to save massive amounts of water from the drying Colorado River — state and federal officials had hoped — was to effectively buy water this year from farmers and ranchers with a $125 million conservation program. But very few are taking the offer. ...
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  By Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jessica Littlefield and Oswald Duarte’s hobby farm in Calhan is a place where sheep roam, horses run, chickens flock — and, soon enough, where shrimp will swim. “We are giving it a shot,” said Littlefield, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Shri...
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             By Conrad Swanson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. One way to save massive amounts of water from the drying Colorado River — state and federal officials had hoped — was to effectively buy water this year from farmers and ranchers with a $125 million conser...
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As Colorado River shrinks, water-saving practice on the table By Suman Naishadham The Associated Press WASHINGTON>> Tom Brundy, an alfalfa grower in California’s Imperial Valley, thinks farmers reliant on the shrinking Colorado River can do more to save water and use it more efficiently. Th...
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE By Remy Tumin The New York Times A biotech company in Georgia has received conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first vaccine for honeybees, a move scientists say could help pave the way for controlling a range of viruses and pests th...
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In Centennial, there are plans afoot to launch what would be Colorado’s largest rooftop greenhouse — a 2-acre operation on top of a to-be-built sports complex that will grow and package nearly 2 tons of leafy greens a day from a perch three stories above Interstate 25. It’s...
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FOOD SAFETY   By David Pitt The Associated Press DESMOINES,IOWA>> The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday proposed sweeping changes in the way chicken and turkey meat is processed that are intended to reduce illnesses from food contamination but could require meat companies to ma...
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By Scott McFetridge The Associated Press CHURDAN, IOWA » In the 1970s when George Naylor said he wanted to grow organic crops, the idea didn’t go over well. Back then organic crops were an oddity, destined for health food stores or maybe a few farmers markets. “I told my dad I wanted to be an or...
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By Mujib Mashal and Hari Kumar © The New York Times Co. KARNAL, INDIA » Inside a shed in the northern Indian state of Haryana, the sound of flutes floated softly from loudspeakers. The audience, grazing silently, was dozens of cows, the unwitting subjects of an experiment in music therapy. The or...
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NETHERLANDS Dairy farmers are up in arms over emission cuts By Claire Moses © The New York Times Co. WOUDENBERG, NETHERLANDS » The dairy farmers of the Netherlands have set fire to hay and manure along highways, dumped trash on roads to create traffic jams and blockaded food distribution center...
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By Julie Creswell © The New York Times Co. Driving rain pelted the windows of “the Tower,” a second-story glass enclosure in Ray Gaesser’s home that provides a view for miles of the gentle, rolling fields around Corning, Iowa. Inside, away from the elements, Gaesser pondered what the coming year m...
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