Agricultural science

Algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Pungent, ugly and often-toxic algae is spreading across U.S. waterways, even as the government spends vast sums of money to help farmers reduce fertilizer runoff that helps cause it. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
November 16, 2017 - 12:09 pm
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan,...
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Algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Pungent, ugly and often-toxic algae is spreading across U.S. waterways, even as the government spends vast sums of money to help farmers reduce fertilizer runoff that helps cause it. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
November 16, 2017 - 12:13 am
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan,...
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FILE - This March 16, 2017 file photo released by the Bannock County Sheriff's Office shows a cyanide device in Pocatello, Idaho. The cyanide device, called M-44, is spring-activated and shoots poison that is meant to kill predators. Federal officials have agreed to stop using predator-killing cyanide traps on Colorado public lands amid pressure to ban the devices nationwide after one injured an Idaho teenager and killed his dog. (Bannock County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)
November 06, 2017 - 6:00 pm
The Latest on a lawsuit seeking to stop the use of cyanide traps to kill predators in Colorado (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says the agency no longer uses cyanide traps to kill predators on public lands in Colorado, but it still uses them on private...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, Sam Clovis speaks during a news conference as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, watches before a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa. Clovis, a former Trump campaign official who has been linked to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, has withdrawn his nomination for an Agriculture post. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
November 02, 2017 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign official linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination as the Agriculture Department's chief scientist. Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign national co-chairman and chief policy adviser, wrote in a letter...
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Paul Manafort walks from Federal District Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, and Manafort's business associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
November 01, 2017 - 6:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times EDT): 6:50 p.m. Federal prosecutors have released new information about Paul Manafort's financial holdings. The information comes one day after Manafort appeared in court on charges including money...
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FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, file photo shows the ingredients label for soy milk at a grocery store in New York. On Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it wants to remove a health claim about the heart benefits of soy from cartons of soy milk, tofu and other foods, saying the latest scientific evidence no longer shows a clear connection. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
October 30, 2017 - 4:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators want to remove a health claim about the heart benefits of soy from cartons of soy milk, tofu and other foods, saying the latest scientific evidence no longer shows a clear connection. Monday's announcement by the Food and Drug Administration marks the first time...
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In this Aug. 22, 2017 file photo a bee sits on a cornflower to collect pollen in Frankfurt, Germany. Scientists say an "alarming" drop in the number of flying insects in Germany could have serious consequences for ecosystems and food chains. In a paper published Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017 by the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists said the drop in airborne insects over Germany was higher than the global estimated insect decline of 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)
October 19, 2017 - 4:04 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The number of flying insects in Germany has been dropping at an "alarming" rate that could signal serious trouble for ecosystems and food chains in the future, scientists say. According to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers using funnel-shaped traps at 63...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Bighorn sheep graze near the Big Pines Recreation Area in the Yakima River Canyon, Wash. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep by allowing University of Idaho domestic sheep on two eastern Idaho grazing allotments as part of agricultural research activities. Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians in the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, contend the grazing via permits issued to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sheep Experiment Station risks transmitting diseases to bighorn sheep. (Gordon King/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP, File)
October 18, 2017 - 5:34 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing a small herd of bighorn sheep with deadly diseases by allowing thousands of domestic sheep to graze in eastern Idaho as part of agricultural research activities, environmental groups have said in a lawsuit. Western Watersheds...
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October 04, 2017 - 3:34 pm
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say genetically modified mosquitoes are not "drugs" and should be regulated by environmental authorities. According to guidelines posted online Wednesday, federal officials have decided that mosquitoes engineered by the biotech firm Oxitec...
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September 13, 2017 - 11:37 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union court ruled Wednesday in favor of an Italian activist farmer who has defied his nation's laws by planting genetically modified corn. Italy has prosecuted Giorgio Fidenato for cultivating the corn on his land, citing concerns the crops could endanger human health...
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