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Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.In a scientific review and call to action published in PLOS Medicine, the researchers call for immediate government intervention to phase out all organophosphates."There is compelling evidence that ex

The devil is in the detail of community solar plan

New Jersey Spotlight | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in Energy News

Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that.

ICE is holding a record number of immigrants in detention

AXIOS | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding a record-breaking average of 44,631 immigrants in its detention centers daily. Why it matters: That's 4,000 more people than Congress has funded, and some immigrant rights groups want to know where the money is coming from, according to the Daily Beast. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security used $169 million of funds from other sub-agencies — including the Federal Emergency Management Agency — to help fund ICE's detention efforts.

Depressed milk prices forcing more farmers out of operation

The State | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

High production costs and falling commodity prices over the past four years are forcing more and more dairy farmers out of business in Iowa and other dairy states, according to agribusiness experts and farm groups.The global flood of milk has depressed prices to about half what they were in 2014, and they still haven't hit all-time lows. But U.S.

USDA cuts corn, soybean crops

Farm Futures | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

Grain futures are mixed this morning. Though USDA cut its forecast of corn and soybean production in Thursday morning’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, it projected tighter corn carryout but rising soybean inventories. Corn posted modest gains while soybeans sold off as a result.  “USDA’s attempt to update the supply and demand situation today was muddied by uncertainty over what’s going on in China,” notes Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr.

U.S. agriculture coalition meets in Havana despite Trump crackdown

Reuters | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

Representatives of U.S. agribusiness, the farming lobby and related industries opened a three-day conference in Cuba on Thursday aimed at increasing sales and cooperation with a country that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly lambasted and promised to tighten sanctions on.The U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba, which seeks increased trade with Cuba and the lifting of the trade embargo, is sponsoring the event.U.S.

6-foot gator, pythons removed from Kansas City home

KSHB Kansas City | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Rural News

 Deputies in Kansas City, Missouri serving an eviction notice on Wednesday morning got quite the surprise when they found some illegal animals at the home.  A six-foot, 150-pound alligator, three pythons, a rabbit and several “domesticated” animals, including cats, were found at a home in the Kansas City, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Devon farmer receives death threats after offering 'pick your own Christmas turkey' service

itv | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Food News

Staff at a farm shop in Devon say they have received death threats from a "vegan mafia" group after offering a "pick your own Christmas turkey" service.Vandals spray painted pheasants and the words "Murder" and "Go vegan" at the Greendale Farm Shop in Woodbury Salterton.Farmer Mat Carter told ITV News staff had discovered the vandalism on Tuesday morning and it was "disappointing and disheartening".He added the whole thing was "completely baffling".The farm posted on social media details of its service where people can name their own turkey and "help look after it for the next two months".M

DuPont sells Iowa ethanol plant to German company; it will soon make renewable natural gas

Des Moines Register | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Energy News

The DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada will be sold to a German biofuels company's U.S. subsidiary, which plans to convert the plant to produce renewable natural gas.  Verbio North America Corp., the Michigan-based subsidiary of Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, will purchase the next-generation Iowa ethanol plant and a portion of its corn stover inventory. Verbio declined to provide a purchase price.The company expects to use corn stalks, husks and cobs to make the renewable natural gas, said Greg Northrup, president of Verbio's U.S.

Nebraska fuel retailers add ethanol options to set themselves apart

Capital Press | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Energy News

A local gas retailer wants to show the competition who's "boss" when it comes to biofuels.