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Administration rolling back restrictions on agriculture

Capital Press | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in Federal News

Farmers and ranchers were hopeful Trump would stand by that promise and loosen the regulatory grip that has put increasing pressure on their livelihoods.Two years later, some reform has already taken place, and other changes are in the works.

Local farmers reacts to Maryland Governor helping dairy farmers

Edairy News | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Local farmers are calling it a big win for the dairy industry as Governor Hogan pledged to contribute around $1.5 million in state funds. Local dairy farmer, Chuck Fry, said the past four years have been tough for the industry. Fry said that many farmers are losing their property because of the low milk prices. The assistance comes after the government passed the farm bill that left out dairy farmers. The state funds will allow farmers to be a part of a new federal funding program. The program will create up to $17 million to help those in the agriculture community.

For every $1 they invest in cutting food waste, restaurants save $7

Fast Company | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in News

At one Brooklyn restaurant, the scraps of carrots, beets, and cilantro that come from making one item on the menu are made into a second $15 dish. Other chefs have created dumplings or ravioli or burgers from scraps that would otherwise be wasted–or have started to offer smaller servings, so customers are less likely to leave food on the plate. Many restaurants are thinking about food waste more than they did in the past. But by one estimate, restaurants in the U.S. alone still throw out 22 billion to 33 billion pounds of food each year.

How the year-long trade war has affected the agriculture industry

CNBC | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in News

Jane Wells reports from the World Agriculture Expo in Tulare, California to take a look at how the ongoing U.S.-China trade war has been affecting farmers across the country a year after it began.

Groups to sue US agency over loss of caribou herd

San Francisco Gate | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in Federal, Rural News

Environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states. The handful of remaining animals were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of efforts to save the southern Selkirk Mountains herd, which were located in a remote part of northern Idaho and Washington state.

The $4.8 trillion immigration issue that is being overlooked by Washington

CNBC | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in Federal News

As Congress and President Donald Trump continue to butt heads over a border wall and immigration policy, one of the main issues being overlooked is the contribution refugees and immigrant entrepreneurs have on the U.S. economy. When you pull back the curtain on the issue, the facts are mindblowing. According to the National Immigration Forum, immigrant-owned businesses employ more than 19 million people and generate $4.8 trillion in revenue. They also play a key role in revitalizing neighborhoods, cities and regions that have seen economic decline.

Ohioans will face new dicamba requirements

Frm and Dairy | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in News

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers of revised labels and new training requirements for applicators who intend to use dicamba herbicide products this year. In October 2018, the U.S. EPA approved revised labels for the three dicamba products that are labeled for use on soybeans: Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont).“Like any other product, we want to ensure licensed applicators are properly following label directions as they get ready for this growing season,” said Matt Beal, chief of the ODA Division of Plant Health.

Cap and trade: Oregon lawmakers work to adopt carbon pricing policy

Capital Press | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Oregon lawmakers are considering a new carbon pricing policy during this year’s legislative session aimed at regulating greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat the effects of climate change. The legislation, known as cap and trade, worries many of the state’s farmers and ranchers about higher fuel and energy prices at a time when profit margins are already thin, while others see it as a needed step toward climate resilience.Agricultural groups are lobbying to protect farmers and ranchers from projected hikes in fuel and energy prices.

The Green New Deal versus rural America

National Review | Posted onFebruary 14, 2019 in Federal News

The Green New Deal is the shiny new object in Washington. Rolled out last week by Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.), the proposal is a grab-bag of policies that covers everything from creating “high-quality union jobs” to universal health care. It has been endorsed by four Democratic contenders for the White House and nearly 70 members of the House of Representatives. The fundamental charge of the Green New Deal is the “green” part: The U.S.

Queensland floods: 500,000 cattle die in floods and rain

CNN | Posted onFebruary 13, 2019 in Agriculture News

After seven years of drought, elated cattle farmers in the Australian state of Queensland welcomed the rainstorms heading their way as a blessing.But now, after one of the most devastating deluges in state history, a billion-dollar industry could be left in tatters.Authorities estimate that nearly 500,000 cattle -- worth about $213 million (AU$300 million) -- have been killed by flooding in Queensland's north since the rain began falling late last month, CNN affiliate Seven News reported.The downpours have ended but the cattle carcasses remain, baking in the