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Rep. Robert Ray, Georgia, long time SARL member passes

Legacy.com | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Crawford County, GA- Robert Franklin Ray, Crawford County farmer and former State Representative, died May 29, 2018. A fourth generation farmer, agriculture was truly part of Ray's DNA. He was born on the family farm in Crawford County to the late William McCrary Ray and Thelma Crutchfield Ray. Ray was immersed in helping run the family's farm, helping plant and harvest row crops (wheat, soybeans and peanuts) and peaches on the family operation.


AEM hosts EPA and USDA for ag equipment demonstration on nutrient management

AEM | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Agriculture News

On May 9th, AEM hosted its 3rd annual agricultural equipment demonstration for officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture at the University of Maryland’s Wye Research Farm.


Future of agriculture grows at fairs

My San Antonio | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Agriculture News

The importance of agriculture is abundant — from the food we eat, the major industries it supports and the benefits it provides to our environment. But looking ahead, in order for agriculture to continue to advance, it’s essential to educate and inspire young minds, invest in the next generation and turn today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders. That’s where youth agriculture organizations come in. Across the country, state and county fairs have a long tradition of doing just that — bringing people together, promoting community and connecting all ages.


Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems

Science Daily | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Rural News

Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems, according to a new Oregon State University study.


You talking to me? Scientists try to unravel the mystery of 'animal conversations'

Science Daily | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Rural News

An international team of academics undertook a large-scale review of research into turn-taking behavior in animal communication, analyzing hundreds of animal studies.


Mountaire, Delaware enter consent decree over wastewater

Watt Ag Net | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Mountaire Farms and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) entered into a consent decree that addresses wastewater-related permit violations at its poultry processing operations in Millsboro, Delaware. Mountaire, in 2017, had been advised by DNREC that it had violated the conditions of its permits to treat and spary irrigate reclaimed wastewater onto nearby agricultural farmland. DNREC notified the company that it had exceeded allowable levels of nitrates, fecal coliform and chlorine.


Farm bill targets food stamps — but not the well-off farmers who have been on the dole for decades

The Los Angeles Times | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Federal News

As more than a million Americans face losing food stamps under President Trump’s vision for reauthorizing the farm bill, his vow to wean families off dependence doesn’t apply to thousands of others who have been relying much of their adult lives on payments from the government’s sprawling agriculture program.And many of those farmers have been getting aid for far longer than the average 10 months that a food stamp recipient gets help. In fact, 27,930 farmers have been collecting for 32 years, a report shows.


Dog Germs Diversify, May Threaten Humans with Flu Pandemics

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Rural News

If you lie with dogs, you might get fleas—or worse, an influenza virus that is completely unfamiliar to your immune defenses. The risk appears to be rising, says an international team of scientists that has been studying how influenza viruses jump from species to species. In a new study, these scientists present evidence that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines, and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines.


If it doesn't come from a hoofed animal, you can't call it 'milk,' NC bill says

The Sacamento Bee | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

If a drink doesn't come from an animal with hooves, North Carolina legislators don't want you to call it "milk." Part of the General Assembly's 2018 Farm Billwould ban the marketing of milks made from plants, including almond, coconut and soy, from being labeled "milk" in North Carolina after Jan. 1. The products could still be sold, they just couldn't legally be labeled "milk" under the proposed law. That distinction would be reserved for dairy products like milk from animals, including cows and goats.


Stung by critics, amendments made to proposed NYS beekeeping bill

Syracuse.com | Posted onJune 9, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Following criticism from commercial and recreational beekeepers in upstate New York, the New York Senate Agriculture Committee plans to amend a proposed beekeeper registry bill.  After the committee voted 11-0 earlier this week in favor of mandatory state registration of beekeepers and their hives, industry members criticized the bill, citing a lack of public awareness of the proposal prior to the vote.  On Thursday, Sen.


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