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Robust Corn, Soybean Production Make Exports Increasingly Important

Illinois Farm Policy News | Posted onJanuary 18, 2018 in Agriculture News

Dr. Cowley explained that, “Although farm income appears to have stabilized in the short to longer term, one risk to the outlook has been growing supplies. Yields for corn and soybeans have been above 20-year trend levels since 2014 and have contributed to increasing inventories.” “In addition, soybean inventories have doubled since 2015. Growth in U.S.


Illinois lawmaker proposes plan to protect pets

Illinois Home page | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

As temperatures once again spiral down, it's important your furry friends aren't left fending for themselves in the bitter cold. Now, some lawmakers want to give you more power to save an animal you think could be in danger. A new proposal would allow you to rescue a pet from someone else' car.It can be a matter of life and death for a pet.


Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language

Tech Times | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Rural News

An AI algorithm can convert the vocalizations of prairie dogs into English. Now, animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is working on a pet translator that can translate a dog's barks into human language.The idea of humans being able to talk to and understand animals may soon become a reality. A researcher is working on a device that may be used as a pet language translator in the future.


Rancher takes different tack on wolf depredation

Capital Press | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Agriculture News

Mark Coats has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on creating a predator awareness program he believes can successfully reduce or eliminate predation deaths. Coats, who has cattle operations in Siskiyou County in far Northern California and Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, said the attacks happened on a neighbor’s land.“My cows turned out fine,” he said.


New Mexico proposes pet food fee to help spay, neuter pets

Pet Food Industry | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

New Mexico lawmakers proposed a bill that would raise the registration fee pet food manufacturers pay. The bill would raise the fee from US$2 to US$100 for each product sold in New Mexico. 


Owner of Virginia seafood company charged with conspiracy

WBJ7 | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Food News

The owner of a Virginia seafood company has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government by mixing foreign crab meat with Atlantic blue crab, then labeling the blended seafood and selling it to customers as a U.S. product.


Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops

1101 Now | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Agriculture News

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops. The agency released its annual crop production report Friday summarizing the 2017 crop year.It shows that peanut production jumped 30 percent to 7.2 billion pounds. Production of hops, a main ingredient in beer, grew 20 percent as Idaho's production surpassed Oregon's for the first time.


Ga. Will Need To Ease Regulations, Provide Cash To Expand Rural Broadband

WABE | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

Georgia lawmakers said they want to expand access to the Internet. Internet service providers have said with the repeal of net neutrality, they’re more inclined to invest in rural areas, but it’s not clear companies will invest without public dollars. Georgia lawmakers have prioritized expanding internet access through the Rural Development Council, said state Rep. Ed Setzler.


Michigan landowners’ long-shot lawsuit has high stakes for wind industry

Midwest Energy News | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Energy News

An unlikely legal win by neighbors of a Michigan wind farm would have the potential to chill wind energy development in the state, legal experts say. A group of landowners filed suit in state court in August alleging a wind project near Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula is causing adverse health effects.


Low gas prices set to drive decline in coal generation

Utility Dive | Posted onJanuary 17, 2018 in Energy News

U.S. natural gas production is expected to reach the highest year-over-year increase in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration’s new Short-term Energy Outlook (STEO).


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