National briefs: Scared buffalo run through NH town

Wisconsin State Farmer


Appeals court spurns challenge to Kansas pesticide rules 

 A federal appeals court has spurned a lawsuit challenging a Kansas regulation on pesticide treatment. 

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Monday sided with a lower court in upholding its decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by filed by pest control applicator Ralph Rogerson. 

Rogerson had claimed in his lawsuit that a Kansas Department of Agriculture regulation requires excessive pesticide treatment in preconstruction applications. 

At issue is a state rule requiring both horizontal and vertical application of termite pesticides. 

His lawsuit complained the Kansas regulation endangers humans and the environment because it requires unnecessary use of dangerous pesticides. He also argued it stifles competition by requiring all applicators to apply too much pesticide when some could reduce their prices by applying only necessary amount. 


Ag survey finds planted land in New Mexico is up slightly 

Federal officials say the number of planted acres in New Mexico is up slightly from last year. 

Results of the annual agricultural survey were released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The survey shows corn, winter wheat, cotton and other crops cover 914,000 acres (369,882 hectares) in New Mexico, up 1 percent from the previous year. 

Corn producers planted 140,000 acres (56,655 hectares) this year of which they intend to harvest 56,000 acres (22,662 hectares) for grain. That's an increase of 37 percent from last year's harvested acreage. 

The area to be harvested for hay is expected to increase from a year ago to 280,000 acres (113,311 hectares). 

Peanut farmers planted an estimated 8,000 acres (3237 hectares), unchanged from 2016. 


Group aims to save New Hampshire farmland 

A conservation group is working to protect a family-owned dairy farm in New Hampshire to ensure that it will not be developed in decades to come. 

The owners of Bodwell Farm in Kensington agreed to sell a conservation easement to the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire or SELT, thus restricting the future uses of the land. The Bodwell Farm, which is only one of five dairy farms in Rockingham County, is surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of undisturbed land. 

SELT has already acquired a conservation easement on the southern portion of the farm, conserving 105 acres in late 2016. The group needs to raise an additional $75,000 to complete the purchase of an easement on the family's remaining 212 acres. The total project will cost around $1 million. 


$10M program to help Louisiana farmers with flood recovery 

Farmers and ranchers in 51 Louisiana parishes could be eligible for grants from a $10 million program aimed to help with recovery from last year's flooding. 

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain's office says the grants come from federal flood recovery dollars set aside by Congress and overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Applications will be available online July 26. 

Farmers and ranchers with pre-storm annual gross farm revenue of $25,000 in 2014, 2015 or 2016 are eligible to apply. Strain's office says crop losses from the flooding must have reached a minimum of $10,000. 

Eligible crops include cotton, corn, crawfish, grain sorghum, rice, hay, soybeans, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, strawberries, wheat and cattle. 

Further details about the grant program guidelines are available on the agriculture department's website.


Herd of scared buffalo make break for it, roam through town 

These buffalo have been roaming through a New Hampshire town. 

Police in Gilford spent the afternoon of July 18 corralling a herd of buffalo that got loose from a local farm. They say on Facebook the buffalo are "scared and running." They ask drivers not to approach the buffalo or blow their car horns. 

The Bolduc Farm tells WMUR-TV nine of the buffalo have made it back. Police are still looking for a mother and two yearlings. 

Robert Bolduc says the buffalo may have been startled by some construction work and found a weak spot in a fence.