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Developer Proceeding with Long-Delayed Keystone XL Pipeline

Jan 19, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline announced Thursday that it hopes to begin construction next year on an alternative route approved by Nebraska authorities, despite a...

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Maine Governor Says Feds Block a Ban on Food Stamps for Junk Food

Jan 19, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the Trump administration is blocking his latest effort to prevent the use of food stamps to purchase soda and candy. LePage spokeswoman Julie...

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Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break to Farmers who Sell to Co-Ops

Jan 19, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than...

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Once Pot-Friendly Northern California County Bans Marijuana

Jan 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A previously pot friendly rural Northern California county has reversed course and banned commercial marijuana farms, paving the way for lawsuits from growers who previously...

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Minnesota Farmers Skeptical of Free Nitrate Tests

Jan 19, 2018

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A south-central Minnesota county rejected the Department of Agriculture's offer for free nitrate well tests. Brown County rejected the state program in December after residents...

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U.S. Government Proposes New Rules for Hog Slaughter

Jan 19, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say...

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What the 2018 Farm Bill Means for Urban, Suburban and Rural America

Jan 19, 2018

Tom Vilsack, Colorado State University (THE CONVERSATION) Since the turn of the year, Congress and the Trump administration have been haggling over legislative priorities for 2018. Many issues are on...

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Sioux City, IA Police Charge Boys after Vandalism Killed Bees

Jan 19, 2018

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police have arrested two boys in connection with vandalism at a honey business that resulted in the destruction of roughly half a million bees. The Sioux City...

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Tax Cuts Could Lower Some Utility Rates

Jan 12, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public utility regulators from Oklahoma to Massachusetts are considering lowering the rates that homeowners and businesses pay for electricity and natural gas after a federal tax...

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Coal Baron Action Plan Became Trump Policy

Jan 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-...

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Warming Puts Millions At Risk From River Flooding

Jan 12, 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Global warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study published Thursday. Using...

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Wisconsin Sees Drop In Number Of Dairy Farms

Jan 12, 2018

While the number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is shrinking as small operations struggle to remain profitable, expanding commercial farms have continued to increase the state's milk production. Numbers...

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Senator Questions Protecting Florida From Drilling

Jan 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday. Sen. Maria...

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Feds Pause Killing Beavers After Lawsuit Threat

Jan 12, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government will temporarily stop killing beavers in Oregon after environmental groups threatened a lawsuit alleging the practice reduces the number of dams that create...

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US appeals court rules Idaho farm spying ban unconstitutional

Jan 5, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. "The panel held that the subsection criminalized...

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Ice cream flavor part of South Dakota university legacy

Jan 5, 2018

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — There wasn't a patent, but there were witnesses. In 1979, Joe Leedom was a dairy science student at South Dakota State University when he helped make the very first batch of...

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McDonald's testing fresh beef burger

Jan 5, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is testing the use of fresh beef in another burger, the latest move by the fast food chain to swap out frozen beef as it seeks to improve its image. The company said...

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Minnesota farmers fear losing millions should US leave NAFTA

Jan 5, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers fear they could lose millions of dollars if the United States leaves the North American Free Trade Agreement. President Trump has threatened to withdraw from...

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US coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low

Jan 5, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal mining deaths surged in the U.S. in 2017, one year after they hit a record low. The nation's coal mines recorded 15 deaths last year, including eight in West Virginia...

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Record dry raises fears of drought's return to California

Jan 5, 2018

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early for fears...