Agriculture

Tyson Foods announces bonuses due to federal tax overhaul

Feb 8, 2018

Tyson Foods says more than 100,000 employees will receive bonuses as a result of company savings due to the overhaul of federal tax laws

Animal protection, environment groups oppose new pork rules

Feb 6, 2018

Labor, public health, environment and animal protection organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reject plans to change the way hogs are slaughtered and processed for meat

State cancels lease at site of salmon net-pen collapse

Feb 4, 2018

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has canceled a state lease with Cooke Aquaculture at its facility where a net pen collapse released tens of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound last summer

Creating co-ed team saved season for tiny West Texas school

Feb 3, 2018

In a tiny high school in Texas, dwindling enrollment and injuries forced the Dawson Dragons to form a co-ed basketball team to save the season

Prisoners to use seized pot-growing kit on food for poor

Feb 3, 2018

Ohio state prison to use equipment seized from illegal marijuana grower to cultivate vegetables for poor people

2 more lawsuits accuse chicken producers of fixing prices

Feb 1, 2018

Two major food distributors have filed their own federal lawsuits accusing Tyson Foods and other major chicken producers of improperly fixing prices, but the industry denies any wrongdoing

Major US salmon producer fined $332K for farmed fish escape

Jan 30, 2018

The largest U.S. producer of farmed salmon has been fined $332,000 for alleged violations of Washington state water quality laws

Norway firm eyes Maine for major salmon farming operation

Jan 30, 2018

A Norwegian firm says it has bought land in Maine that it intends to use to build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms

Report calls for hog farm moratorium, new permit system

Jan 26, 2018

A new report on the rapid expansion of hog farms in Iowa concludes that the state's regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health for the sake of profit by the politically powerful livestock industry.

Foreign workers hired to pick blueberries sue farm

Jan 26, 2018

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of about 600 foreign farmworkers, including some who staged a strike over working conditions at a blueberry farm in northwestern Washington last summer

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