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Pets or People, Big Food Faces the Same Supermarket Battle

Wall Street Journal | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Food News

Food makers betting on pets to make up for falling sales to people are facing some familiar problems. Pet foods with fancier ingredients are eating away at market share for mainstream brands. Snacks for dogs and cats are selling faster than meals. And a flood of new products is putting pressure on prices.


R-CALF USA to Sue Beef Councils

DTN | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Agriculture News

The federal district court in Montana granted the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers (R-CALF USA) a motion to expand its beef checkoff program lawsuit to include at least 13 states in addition to Montana, R-CALF USA said. “The district court in Montana previously granted, and the appellate court recently upheld, a preliminary injunction temporarily stopping the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from violating the U.S.


Chronic Wasting Disease Found in More Deer at Minnesota Farm

KSTP | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Agriculture News

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reports that four additional deer from a deer farm in Crow Wing County that has been quarantined since 2016 have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. A release said the farm has been under movement restrictions and monitored by the board since two white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease in December 2016.


New report details sources of foodborne illnesses

Meating Place (free registration required) | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Food News

The most common sources of foodborne pathogens causing illness are widely varied and, for most pathogens, not meat, according to a new report from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC).


Report: USMCA will cause US ag exports to decline by $1.8B

Watt AgNet | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Federal News

 A new report says the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will expand U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, but those gains will be negated by retaliatory tariffs by Canada and Mexico against the U.S. The study, “How U.S. Agriculture Will Fare Under the USMCA and Retaliatory Tariffs,” says retaliatory tariffs will cause U.S.


Pipelines repeatedly cited by state regulators for environmental issues

Charleston Gazette Mail | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Energy News

As battles over two major natural gas pipelines play out in court, state regulators have continued to cite the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline for environmental problems.The Mountain Valley Pipeline has received 19 violation notices from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for failing to comply with the project’s West Virginia/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general water pollution control permit.


Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Agriculture News

A 37-year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005.


Rural resilience calls for new practices in land use

Houston Chronicle | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Rural News

The ability to be resilient is a practical necessity for residents of rural areas. But the long-practiced goal of self-sufficiency now has a broader definition that calls on residents in the region to adapt to change, regional planning experts note.Resiliency could be be applied to land use practices, according to a proposed regional program, such as expanding maple sugar operations and the ability to grow new varieties of fruit trees.


Caravan To Nowhere: Five Fallacies That Stall Immigration Discourse

Forbes | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Federal News

The pending confrontation is tragic, considering the U.S. tradition of win-win outcomes for immigrants like me and the nation that receives our creative energy and industry.The results are indisputable. Fed by a steady stream of the world’s outcasts — the tired, poor and tempest-tossed masses memorialized on the Statue of Liberty — the United States has emerged as the world’s No.


Wisconsin farmers face steep challenges as Evers prepares to take office

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

As many Wisconsin farmers cling to their livelihood, hoping for some relief soon from crushing low commodity prices, some are asking what the state agriculture department will be like after Tony Evers becomes the next governor.


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