The emerald ash borer is a native of China that likely hitchhiked to the U.S. hidden in wood packing materials. It has destroyed millions of trees since being discovered in Michigan in 2002 and is now known to be in 25 states.
The investigation began after the farms received 13 quail and chickens and 40 quail and partridge eggs from an Iowa facility, where birds later tested positive.
Nebraska is one of 13 states challenging the rule in federal court.
BRAC has grown into one of the world’s largest nongovernmental organizations focused on allev
Drought lowers river flows, electrical power output.
The USDA says that spring wheat, winter wheat and durum wheat acres all are up this year in South Dakota, while soybean acres are down 1 percent and corn acres are down 10 percent.
Wildfires appear in bone-dry parts of the West, causing evacuations, property damage.
Critics complained that the measures misled voters and would have unintended consequences.
Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November.
Fall potato acres are up in the Northwest and nationwide, according to new numbers from the USDA and United Potato Growers of America.
The EPA says it plans to ban the common insecticide chlorpyrifos but may change its mind based on discussions with manufacturers.
A biologist says Vermont’s meadows and old fields provide habitat for milkweed, which is a critical food source for monarchs.
The dispute was over whether the state needed inspectors with federal credentials, following the retirement two years ago of the state’s only federally certified inspector.
A slightly smaller U.S. apple crop in 2015 should help wholesale apple prices and grower returns improve. Heat damage is a growing concern for the Washington crop.