posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For decades, country and city interests had come together every few years to pass the farm bill, a measure that provided billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers and businesses in rural areas and food stamp money...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Shortly before flames engulfed his comrades, the Hotshot firefighters' lookout radioed his team that the blaze had shifted direction with the wind and that he was fleeing for safety.
The harrowing experience of the...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Frustrated with state and federal officials, opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are turning to low-level county commissions and zoning boards in a new attempt to slow a project that has become a focal point of national...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.
The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A heat wave smothering the West was rewriting record books, likely tying a more than century-old U.S. record in California as Las Vegas and other cities came out of their hottest June ever into a July that brought little...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:11 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The general manager of Des Moines Water Works said Tuesday the agency might be forced to sue the government if state regulators and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fail to limit the nitrate levels that enter...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A coalition of animal protection groups is asking a federal court in northern California to block the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants.
A lawsuit filed Monday by the Humane Society...
posted on July 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Japan launched an impassioned defense Tuesday of its harpooning of whales in the icy seas around Antarctica, insisting the hunt is legal because it gathers valuable scientific data that could pave the way to a...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his chamber won't pass an extension of farm policy this year and is pressuring the House to figure out how to pass a farm bill.The House rejected its version of a five-year,...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution.The $7 billion pipeline has become a contentious...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM
DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) — This is what counts as good news in Colorado's wildfire season: a breezy day but at least not three straight hours of winds blowing at 25 mph or more.Firefighters battling the massive and erratic wildfire in the...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Experts say Iowa could do more to avoid flooding by limiting how much rain runs into the state's rivers and streams. Stemming that runoff would include moves to tackle climate change and expand grasslands and...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:05 PM
BRUSSELS (AP) — In what's being cast as a major breakthrough, the European Union agreed Wednesday on an outline for a major farm reform program that seeks to boost environment-friendly agriculture.The seven-year program is to kick off next...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM
HOUSTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has displayed a lack of urgency in the wake of a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion and must regulate potentially explosive chemicals immediately, legislators said Thursday.The Chemical...
posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized the use of drones to fly over Oregon State University potato fields to search for unhealthy plants.