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  • Industry takes aim at AP ethanol investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol …


  • Massive Napa do-over prompts grape plant shortage

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Napa Valley, one of the world’s premier wine growing regions, has an uncommon problem these days: not enough new grapevine root stock is available to supply …


  • Conservationists team up with ranchers, loggers

    FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. …


  • USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says. A month after an election that Democrats won …


  • APNewsBreak: Feds funnel millions into Gulf Coast

    HOUSTON (AP) — Days before a newly formed council focuses on long-term Gulf of Mexico cleanup, a report released to The Associated Press shows that one federal agency has committed …


  • Program trains farmworkers to be organic farmers

    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Bending over beds of shriveled strawberry plants, former farmworker Domitila Martinez pulls pieces of black plastic row covers in preparation for next season’s planting. Except this …


  • High Court to decide how logging roads regulated

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to switch gears on more than 30 years of regulating the muddy water running off logging roads into …


  • Calif oyster farm closure ends long battle

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Lunny’s struggle to keep his family’s oyster farm running in Point Reyes National Seashore appears to be over, closing out an era of oysterman plying …


  • EPA turns down states’ request for ethanol waiver

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons …


  • Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in …

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