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Farm Structure (2017), and Evolving Distribution of Government Farm Payments (1991-2015)

Farm Policy News | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Agriculture, Federal News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has recently released two separate reports that provide interesting perspective on the structure of U.S. agriculture.  The firstprovides a detailed overview of current statistics relating to U.S. farms, while the second highlights the evolving distribution of Federal farm payments (1991-2015).  This update underscores key findings from the two recent ERS reports.

FDA Provides Information on the Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Bees

FDA | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Agriculture, Federal News

The FDA is announcing the availability of a Question and Answer document about the use of medically important antimicrobials in bees to provide helpful information to beekeepers and veterinarians. The Q&A titled “Using Medically Important Antimicrobials in Bees” responds to some commonly asked questions about the appropriate use of approved Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and prescription (Rx) drug products for bees.

USDA proposes withdrawing organic animal welfare rule

Meat + Poultry | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Agriculture, Federal News

The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a proposed rule to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices  final rule. OLPP was published on Jan. 19, 2017. The grounds for the proposed withdraw are that the rule exceeded the USDA’s own rule-making authority. The OLPP rule was to set welfare standards in organic agriculture and was widely supported by the organic industry as well as animal welfare, environmental, and consumer organizations, according to a statement from Friends of the Earth.

Pa. milk’s over-order premium drops

Farm and Dairy | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in News

The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board reduced the Class I over-order premium price for milk, Dec. 14, from $1.60 to $0.75 per hundredweight for the nine-month period beginning Jan. 1. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau recommended a more modest reduction in the over-order premium to $1 per hundredweight in an effort to combat price issues associated with an oversupply of milk in Pennsylvania and neighboring Northeast states.

Ohio Supreme Court says CAUV woodland owners can appeal

Farm and Dairy | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Agriculture, Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

A group of woodland owners who believe they have been overcharged for their property taxes can appeal the values to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. The Ohio Supreme Court released a decision Dec.

'Kale vs. Cow' documentary makes a case for meat

Meat + Poultry | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in News

 At a time when plant-based foods are popping up on menus around the country and the meat industry is being constantly scrutinized, Diana Rodgers, RD, is on a mission to make a case for meat. The “real food” nutritionist, podcast and blog author of Sustainable Dish and sustainability advocate is developing a documentary film called “Kale vs. Cow: The Case for Better Meat” that aims to examine the ethical, environmental and nutritional conundrums of eating meat.  “’Kale vs. Cow’ probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries we face in raising and eating animals.

Georgia lawmakers propose tax breaks and fast internet for rural areas

Atlanta Journal Constitution | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

A powerful group of state lawmakers approved sweeping proposals Wednesday designed to encourage people and businesses to move to rural Georgia.The group voted unanimously to support income tax breaks worth up to $6,000 a year, high-speed internet lines in unconnected areas and better health care access.

Panel signs off on plan to bolster rural Georgia

The Moultrie Observer | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

A legislative panel focused on the challenges facing rural Georgia has proposed a slate of changes meant to spark job growth and reverse population declines in the state’s beleaguered counties.A report, approved Wednesday by the House Rural Development Council, takes on such mammoth issues as rural health care and spotty broadband Internet service.   That document provides a framework for the initiatives that will be debated in the coming legislative session, which starts next month.Specific ideas include proposals such as creating a tax break for people who move to counties with a steady s

Ohio dairy and veal farmers face new rules

Farm and Dairy | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Agriculture News

Ohio livestock producers will face two new rules related to care and housing when the new year begins.Effective Jan. 1, veal calves must be housed in group pens by 10 weeks of age, and at all ages must be able to turn around and not be tethered.Secondly, dairy cattle can no longer have their tails docked, unless performed by a licensed veterinarian and medically necessary.

Illinois Praised as Property Tax Model for Wind Farms

Tristates Public Radio | Posted onDecember 21, 2017 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

Illinois' taxing model for wind energy companies is touted as one of the best in the country, bringing in $30.4 million in property taxes in 2016, according to economic experts. Barton DeLacy, a tax expert from Chicago, said that the Illinois system is a good model that is very close to the value he gives to wind farms and is much more consistent than in other states.