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Closure of coal-fired power plant bringing dramatic change to navajo nation

Daily Yonder | Posted onNovember 15, 2018 in Energy News

Navajo leaders are scrambling to find a new owner for the Navajo Generating Station, which pays better than any other job on the Navajo Nation. Hopi Tribe officials have asked the federal government to buy electricity from the plant to avoid a shutdown.

Missouri dislikes democrats but likes their policies

Daily Yonder | Posted onNovember 15, 2018 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

The Show Me State elected a Republican U.S. senator and, by roughly the same margins, turned around and approved ballot initiatives that reform elections, raise the minimum wage, and legalize medical marijuana.

Dairy Sector Consolidation, Scale, Automation and Factor Biased Technical Change: Working through “Get Big or Get Out”

Choices Magazine | Posted onNovember 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

Milk production in the United States has become increasingly concentrated among fewer herds. This consolidation has, as in other on-farm agricultural sectors, long been recognized (e.g., Drabenstott, 1994; MacDonald, Cessna, and Mosheim, 2016). According to USDA milk production reports (LMIC, 2018), the number of licensed dairy herds in the United States declined from 45,344 in 2014 to 40,219 in 2017, a 4% annual rate of decline over the period.Large and small farms are, in aggregate, different in their output, production costs, and quality metrics.

America’s Dairy Industry Facing Difficulties from Long-Running Structural Changes

Choices Magazine | Posted onNovember 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

The themes addressed in these papers are topical. The U.S. dairy industry has recently attracted national attention. The country as a whole lost over 10,000 licensed dairy farms in 2017. It is common to read news of dairy farms having to sell their milk cows and dealing with the consequences of losing their livelihood and tradition of lifestyle.

Quiet shakeup begins at CHS after fraud and overstated profits

Minnesota Star Tribune | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Agriculture News

A quiet shake-up is happening at CHS Inc. after the firm uncovered an employee’s financial misstatements had led CHS to massively overstate its profits in recent years.A trader at the Inver Grove Heights-based agricultural cooperative inflated the value of rail-freight contracts, lied to an auditor about it and was fired, the firm announced last month.Because of the misvalued rail contracts, CHS overstated its pretax profit by as much as $190 million over the past four fiscal years, or 12 percent of its $1.6 billion pretax profit in that time.

Immigration, unemployment and labor force participation in the US

Nationa Foundation for American Policy | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Agriculture News

Critics of immigration often allege that immigration worsens US-born workers’ labor market outcomes, such as their employment and earnings. A large body of economic research has examined how immigration has affected natives’ wages. Most of these studies have concluded that immigration has little or no adverse effect on US natives’ wages. However, few studies have examined other key dimensions of US natives’ success in the labor market: unemployment and labor force participation.

California’s most destructive wildfire should not have come as a surprise

Los Angeles Times | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in News

The Camp fire raging in Butte County and the Tubbs fire that torched Northern California’s wine country are a year and 100 miles apart. But they have much in common.Flames and embers, pushed by strong dry winds out of the north and northeast, setting a town ablaze. Thousands of buildings destroyed. Fleeing residents burned to death.Both burned their way into the record books by searing areas that have burned before — and will undoubtedly burn again.“These are areas that have burned before,” he said.

Vietnam becomes 7trh county to ratify trans-Pacific trade agreement

Reuters | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Federal News

Vietnam’s lawmaking body, the National Assembly, unanimously ratified a landmark 11-country deal that will slash tariffs across much of the Asia-Pacific.One of the region’s fastest growing economies, its status cemented by strong exports and robust foreign investment, the Southeast Asian nation is believed to be among the largest beneficiaries of the trade deal.The ratification makes Vietnam the seventh country to have passed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the National Assembly said in a statement.

Federal Milk Marketing Order goes into effect in California

Western Farmers Stockman | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in News

With this new order more than 80% of the total U.S. milk supply will be covered by the 11 orders overseen by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. California represents more than 18% of all U.S. milk production and with this new order more than 80% of the total U.S. milk supply will be covered by the 11 orders overseen by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.Federal milk marketing orders are voluntary, industry-initiated, industry-driven marketing tools intended to prevent damaging price competition inherent in the marketing of highly perishable commodities.

How we fell out of love with milk

The Guardian | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Food News

Soya, almond, oat... Whether for health issues, animal welfare or the future of the planet, ‘alt-milks’ have never been more popular. Are we approaching dairy’s final days?But the surge in popularity for alt-milks has many different sources. There are those who are concerned about animal welfare or our perilous environmental situation: recent research found that a quarter of us now consider ourselves “meat reducers”.