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USDA Asks What Regulations to Cut

DTN | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Federal News

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue served as a warm-up act Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, telling a crowd of roughly 4,500 people that USDA will soon outline the Trump administration's principles for the farm bill. Keeping with a theme of the Trump administration knocking down regulatory burdens, Perdue also called on farmers to tell USDA which regulations should be eliminated.


“Raw milk Moms” are targets of NJ enforcement action against food clubs

Food Safety News | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

“Raw milk Moms” in New Jersey were targeted last month with “cease and desist” orders from the state’s Public Health and Food Protection Program. The targeted individuals and the broader raw milk community are resisting the enforcement action. New Jersey gave at least eight families five days to stop selling and distributing raw milk in the state. Raw milk makes its way into New Jersey from Pennsylvania. “Food clubs” set up “drop sites” in private homes to distribute the product.


Why Free College Tuition Is Spreading From Cities to States

Pew Charitable Trust | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

To churn out more workers with marketable skills, an increasing number of states are offering residents free tuition to community colleges and technical schools.The move also is a reaction to fast-rising tuition costs — increases that stem, in part, from states reducing their financial support of public colleges and universities. “Everybody’s got cheap dirt — but do you have skilled workers?” Winograd said.


State lifts automatic death sentence for these mountain lions that prey on pets and livestock

The Sacramento Bee | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Rural News

Mountain lions living in genetically fragile populations in Southern California will no longer receive an automatic death sentence when they prey on pets and livestock. On Tuesday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said it was changing its policy for issuing permits to livestock owners in those areas who are seeking to kill mountain lions. Until now, the permits have been automatically issued if the cat has attacked domestic animals.


Washington's Inslee vows resistance on federal marijuana policy

Capital Press | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee berated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration Thursday for changing the Justice Department’s hands-off attitude toward the state’s marijuana trade. Inslee said Washington won’t be “intimidated” and will oppose federal intervention.“We should all be dedicated to that uproar of resistance on this wrong-headed, backward, antediluvian, below the Mason-Dixon line (policy) by Jeff Sessions,” Inslee said.Besides Washington, five states — Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska and Colorado — have approved the recreational use of marijuana.


What does Sessions’ policy mean for the future of weed?

Capital Press | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Even as a series of states legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the possession, use or sale of the drug remained a federal crime. Still, the Justice Department, under President Barack Obama, took a hands-off approach. That changed Thursday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked an Obama-era policy that was deferential to states’ permissive marijuana laws.


Oregon sues Monsanto over PCB pollution in waterways, soil

Capital Press | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

The lawsuit cites internal memos and correspondence indicating that Monsanto knew early on about the toxic effects of PCBs. The lawsuit seeks $100 million to use to mitigate pollution, particularly along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in Portland that will be the target of a $1 billion cleanup announced by federal authorities in 2016.


ASPCA Runs Afowl in Game Bird Case

Cavalry Group | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

The federal agents had a warrant. They were looking for evidence of cockfighting. Carrano was made to sit in his kitchen while they searched the premises. There was no evidence because, well, Mr. Carrano isn't a cockfighter. Unfortunately, that didn't protect his birds. Carrano's birds are housed some 300 feet from his driveway.


Supercharged antibiotics could turn tide against superbugs

Science Daily | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

An old drug supercharged by researchers has emerged as a new antibiotic that could destroy some of the world's most dangerous superbugs. The supercharge technique potentially could revitalize other antibiotics.


The ‘bomb cyclone’ is contradicting Rick Perry’s argument for coal

The Washington Post | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Energy News

The cold weather and swirling winds gripping the northeastern United States have created the sort of winter scenario that Energy Secretary Rick Perry has cited as a reason to bolster the reliability of the grid by boosting coal and nuclear power plants. Perry said that only those power plants could assure reliability because only they could keep 90 days’ fuel supply on site.


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