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Agriculture Report

Animal Cruelty Farm Charges

By Fadi Didi

Owner pleads not guilty on Massachusetts farm where authorities found about abused 14-hundred animals.


The owner of a Massachusetts farm where authorities say they found about 14-hundred animals in overcrowded, overheated and dangerous living conditions has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Richard Medeiros entered the plea in Bristol Superior Court. The 83-year-old owner of Westport Tenant Farm and more than 20 tenants face multiple animal cruelty charges in the case.

The investigation began in July 2016 when police were called about allegations of animal cruelty at the 70-acre farm in Westport.

Authorities say hundreds of animals were kept in deplorable and dangerous conditions, with inadequate food, water or shelter.


A U-S federal appeals court has ruled a marijuana farm's neighbour can sue them for smells and other nuisances that could harm their property values.

The 10th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a lawsuit between a Colorado horse farm and a neighbouring marijuana-growing warehouse.

The horse farm's owners sued in 2015, claiming that the pot-growing warehouse would diminish their land's value by emitting ``noxious odours'' and attracting unsavoury visitors.

At that time, a federal district court dismissed the Reillys' claim and the pot warehouse opened in 2016.


The 44th annual Ontario Pork Congress, Canada's largest pig show, is set for June 21st and 22nd in Stratford.

It is held at the Stratford Rotary Complex.

There will be 150 Canadian and International exhibitors, and the Pork Congress is expected to draw over 3,000 attendees.

One of the most popular events is the ``Taste the Best'' competition, which sees several local chefs prepare signature dishes made with local cuts of pork, which are then judged by the attendees.

One of the events is the live hog Bacon Maker Classic which takes place on the second day of the event.


Karen Pence, the wife of U-S Vice-President Mike Pence, has opened their government residence to more than a few new inhabitants -- about 15-thousand honeybees.

Pence showed off the beehive recently in Washington.

It drew attention to a decline in managed bee colonies that she and other officials say could negatively affect U.S. agricultural production.

She said one of three bites of food taken in the United States is possible with the help of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats.


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