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Australian prison to be evacuated after mice move in

CANBERRA, Australia – A plague of mice that has ravaged vast swathes of eastern Australia has forced the evacuation of a prison while authorities repair gnawed electrical wiring and clear dead and decaying mice from walls and ceilings.

Genetically modified salmon head to U.S. dinner plates

INDIANAPOLIS – The inaugural harvest of genetically modified salmon began this week after the pandemic delayed the sale of the first such altered animal to be cleared for human consumption in the United States, company officials said.

China’s Yuan Longping dies; rice research helped feed world

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Yuan Longping, a Chinese scientist who developed higher-yield rice varieties that helped feed people around the world, died Saturday at a hospital in the southern city of Changsha, the Xinhua News agency reported. He was 91.

‘Worst day’: Water crisis deepens on California-Oregon line

PORTLAND – The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to the half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year.

Feds: Man used fraudulent PPP loan to buy alpaca farm

Federal prosecutors say the owner of a Massachusetts pizza parlor lied about the number of employees he had to fraudulently obtain more than $660,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds, then used some of the money to buy an alpaca farm in Vermont.

Native American lawmakers seek federal help on Montana bison

BILLINGS – Native American lawmakers in Montana on Tuesday called on the Biden administration to help craft a plan to reintroduce wild bison to the landscape in and around Glacier National Park and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Montana company offering wildfire protection to some Spokane home, farm owners

Wildfire Defense Systems, a Bozeman-based company that deploys trained and certified firefighters to several states in the West, has teamed up with State Farm to provide protection services to policyholders in Washington state. Spokane-area policyholders were notified of the new agreement, which took effect April 1, by a mailing from the company earlier this month. 

Judge sides with conservationists in sheep grazing dispute

A federal judge on Friday sided with conservation groups who said allowing domestic sheep to graze in a mountain range along the Idaho-Montana border as part of a government agriculture program could harm grizzly bears and other wildlife.

Farmers file antitrust lawsuit against big ag companies

BOISE – A group of farmers has filed an antitrust case against several big agricultural companies, contending the companies worked together to ban e-commerce sales in order to keep prices of “crop inputs” artificially high.

California targets critical farmworkers for vaccinations

SAN FRANCISCO — The fight to end the coronavirus' devastation throughout California's heartland extends to the Mexico border, where migrant farmworkers heading north to pick lettuce, broccoli, carrots and other crops are offered a vaccination as soon as they enter the United States.