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Florida's ban on racing will leave thousands of greyhounds homeless

Indy Star | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

Florida's vote on Tuesday to ban greyhound racing was a victory for animal rights activists. Voters approved Amendment 13 by an overwhelming 69 percent, which means the state's 11 racetracks will need to close by January 2021. This will displace at least 6,000 dogs, which means rescue organizations — particularly those focused on former racing greyhounds — will be overwhelmed.  For many years, Animal welfare organizations have argued that greyhound racing is a cruel sport.

ICE, Seaboard reach $1 million settlement

Meating Place (free registration required) | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Seaboard Corp. announced the pork processor has agreed to pay just over $1 million in a civil settlement that concludes an investigation into alleged employment of unauthorized workers from 2007-2012. The government investigated whether Seaboard’s Guymon, Okla., plant hired and employed unauthorized workers and failed to properly complete employment eligibility forms.

Slumping Ethanol Price Hurts Producers

DTN | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Energy News

Ethanol profit margins continue to remain negative and show little sign of improving, as evidenced by DTN's hypothetical ethanol plant, which continues to suffer from low ethanol prices.Neeley Biofuels Inc., a hypothetical 50-million-gallon plant in South Dakota, saw little movement in its margin in the past month. Including debt service and depreciation, the plant continues to show a 34.4-cent-per-gallons loss, compared to a 34.5-cent-per-gallon loss last month.Most ethanol plants, however, are not paying debt service.

Split Congress could be good news for farm economy

AXIOS | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

The House flip could be a game-changer for the embattled farm bill, which must be renewed every five years, several policy experts tell Axios.Why it matters: Major safety nets for farmers are in limbo while smaller agricultural programs have stopped receiving funding altogether, creating extra anxiety for farmers who are already reeling from tariffs and lower crop prices.The 2014 farm bill expired in September, after the House and the Senate couldn't reconcile their differences.The House wants work requirements for recipients of food stamps, and to allow unlimited subsidy payments to farms,

Oregon ranchers volunteer to test new wolf deterrence strategy

Capital Press | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Federal News

Two Eastern Oregon ranchers have volunteered to test a new strategy aimed at preventing further conflicts between wolves and livestock.

Well-designed subsidies boost electric vehicle adoption

Energy News Network | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Energy News

In the 1990s, Atlanta was out of compliance with federal air quality standards for ozone, and vehicle emissions were primarily responsible. In 1998, the legislature passed a $1,500 tax credit for alternate fuel vehicles, which was increased to $2,500 for all low-emission vehicles and $5,000 for zero-emission vehicles over the next 3 years. The tax credit applied to buyers and first lessees of EVs. At the time, the bills were uncontroversial.As years passed, EVs became more widely available and declined in cost.

Midwestern women join climate change contingent in Antarctica

Energy News Network | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Energy News

Chicago-area scientists hope to empower women in STEMM fields and promote their role in developing clean energy sources.

Farmers will destroy one in four cranberries this year

The New Food Economy | Posted onNovember 8, 2018 in Agriculture News

This year, the cranberry industry will reckon with a flood of a different sort; just like the wet harvest, this one is entirely of its own making. The problem is simple. There’s a cranberry surplus. American farmers have grown a lot more fruit than people will eat and have flooded the market. They can’t save all the extra berries for a rainy day—or a year’s worth of Thanksgiving dinners—because we’re already storing much of the 2017 crop. There are more berries in storage right now then we’ll eat this year. And all that extra fruit is driving prices down below the cost of growing it.

Their soybeans piling up, farmers hope trade war ends before beans rot

The New York Times | Posted onNovember 8, 2018 in Agriculture News

But this year, the Chinese have all but stopped buying. The largest market for one of America’s largest exports has shut its doors. The Chinese government imposed a tariff on American soybeans in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese goods. The latest federal data, through  mid-October, shows American soybean sales to China have declined by 94 percent from last year’s harvest.Mr.

What’s behind the crippling dairy crisis? Family farmers speak out.

Civil Eats | Posted onNovember 8, 2018 in Agriculture News

Alternative milk is ascending as U.S. cow milk sales are dropping—as of June 2018, they’re down by 6 percent from the previous year. The way some struggling dairy farmers see it, the popularity of alternative dairy products (one of which is now the subject of a class action lawsuit in New York) has partly contributed to dairy farmers’ own travails.