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Time Running Out for Agriculture ELD Exemption

DTN | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

While the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) 90-day electronic logging device (ELD) waiver for agriculture truckers expires June 18, one group has already been granted an extension until fall. When President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill in March 2018, it also passed an extension on the ELD implementation for livestock haulers. The bill, passed on March 23, included a mandate for livestock and insect haulers to have an exemption through September 30, 2018.


HSUS Pays Twice What it Receives in Fundraising

Humane Watch | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

We recently wrote about the bizarre tale of HSUS fundraiser Loop NYC, which appears to raise money by soliciting random strangers on the New York subway system. For anyone who’s ever been on the system, this has to be one of the dumbest strategies: People want to avoid other people on the New York subway, not give them their credit card info. One thing that caught our eye was the claim from the marketing firm that for every dollar a solicitor raised for HSUS, he received two.


Saratoga not giving up after State Supreme Court rules in favor of proposed dairy

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the owners of a proposed large-scale dairy near Wisconsin Rapids can farm 6,388 acres of related land despite a town zoning ordinance. The court, in a 5-2 decision, reversed an appeals court's 2017 ruling that building permits for the proposed 5,300-cow dairy did not allow the Wysocki Family of Companies to farm the adjacent land.


Trudeau Takes Heat From Dairy Farmers for Opening Door to Trump

Bloomberg | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire from farmers at home for saying he’s flexible on increasing access to the country’s dairy industry, a change sought by Donald Trump in Nafta talks. Trudeau said Sunday in a U.S. television interview the U.S. was seeking two main things in Nafta negotiations, which are essentially on the back-burner after the U.S. hit Canada and Mexico with steel and aluminum tariffs last week.


Online butcher, meat delivery service gets $3.7M in seed funding

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Food News

Online whole animal butcher shop and delivery service Porter Road said it has secured $3.7 million in seed funding from multiple investors. Chefs/butchers Chris Carter and James Peisker founded the company as a brick-and-mortar butcher shop in Nashville in 2011 and, after developing a cult following, launched the online business in February 2018.


ICE Raid at Corso’s Leads to More Than 100 Arrests

Greenhouse Grower | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Federal News

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made more than 100 arrests Tuesday at Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in northern Ohio, aided by about 200 law enforcement workers, in one of the largest employer stings in recent years.


USDA streamlines produce safety rule

Brownfield Ag News | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

The USDA and FDA have streamlined produce safety requirements for specialty crop growers. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agency’s Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program now aligns with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule and inspection requirements from both agencies will be less of a burden for farmers.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says his agency is working to provide more resources to states which conduct most of the food safety inspections.


Amendment defunds grizzly transport, delists wolves

Capital Press | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

A U.S. Interior Department appropriations bill, just passed out of committee, includes an amendment from Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., that defunds transporting grizzly bears into the North Cascades, delists gray wolves and increases transparency of grazing permit monitoring.


40 animal activists arrested at California farm

Capital Press | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

Authorities have arrested 40 animal rights activists who entered a Northern California organic egg farm to document alleged cruel conditions and rescue chickens. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says the trespassing arrests were made Tuesday in Petaluma after several hundred people gathered at Sunrise Farms. Those detained were to be cited and released.


Easy entry into Oregon’s legal pot market means huge surplus

Capital Press | Posted onJune 13, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Experts say the dizzying evolution of Oregon’s marijuana industry may well be a cautionary tale for California.


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