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New Jersey set to ban animals in circuses

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

New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to essentially ban old-fashioned circuses, ones with wild animals. The state Assembly, in one of its last voting sessions scheduled for tomorrow, is slated to give final legislative passage to S-2508, a bill that would prohibit the use of elephants and other exotic animals in acts traveling to or around New Jersey.


Ag Economy Barometer drops

Purdue | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower to a reading of 126 in December, the second month in a row that the barometer has declined. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on monthly survey responses provided by 400 agricultural producers from across the U.S. December’s barometer value was the lowest reading since March and the second-lowest reading of 2017.


Who's picking your food? A record number of foreign laborers

The Los Angeles Times | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

Growers and contractors here recruited 14,252 foreign guest workers last year, the most they have hired in the program’s modern history.California’s recruitment of foreign laborers, virtually all of them from Mexico, grew by 3,121 workers, a 28% increase from the previous year, and nearly three times the national growth rate, according to the data analysis.


Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef new President speaks at Ag Chairs Summit

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has named OSI Group Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President Nicole Johnson-Hoffman as its new president. “GRSB brings together people from around the world, who represent all segments of the beef value chain, including individual producers, who ultimately agree there’s massive value in sharing knowledge, and who want to partner to drive exciting new levels of performance in areas impacting GRSB’s Principles and Criteria of Sustainable Beef," said Johnson-Hoffman.


Ikea sets sustainability goals for chicken; pork, beef are next

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

Ikea Food Services AB introduced the Better Chicken Program, which sets criteria for broiler chicken housing, breeds and antibiotics use for its chicken suppliers with an eye toward expanding to pork and beef suppliers by 2025.   Through the Better Chicken Program, Ikea Food aims to ensure broiler chickens are raised in accordance with criteria including space, lighting, enrichment and breeds with improved health outcomes. The program works toward responsible use of antibiotics and addresses environmental impacts such as deforestation and pollution from manure.


Rural Pennsylvania’s Working Poor

Rural Pennsylvania | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Rural News

For this analysis, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, using a modified definition from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, defined the rural working poor as: non-institutionalized individuals age 18 years old and older who spent at least 27 weeks in the labor force during the preceding 12 months and whose household income was below the poverty level.The rural working poor make up about 5 percent of the total rural Pennsylvania workforce.


Research Examines Wildlife Tourism on PA Public Lands

Rural Pennsylvania | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Rural News

Pennsylvania residents and visitors sometimes use Pennsylvania State Game Lands for hiking, bird and wildlife watching, horseback riding, rock climbing, and mountain biking. While these secondary recreational uses are allowed, the main purposes of the State Game Lands (SGLs) are to manage habitat for wildlife and provide opportunities for lawful hunting and trapping.At times, the non-consumptive use of SGLs has been a point of contention since some view non-hunting users on game lands as privileged, or sometimes, unwelcome guests.


Ninth Circuit Upholds Major Components of Idaho "Ag-Gag" Law

Ag Web | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Last week, many news outlets ran with the “ag-gag gets gagged” headline in describing the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wasden, which scrutinized a bevy of animal rights activists’ First Amendment claims against Idaho’s Interference with Agricultural Production law, colloquially/derisively known as an “ag gag” law.


Preserving Water Quality: Challenges and Opportunities for Technological and Policy Innovations

Choices magazine | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

The agricultural nutrient management problem is technologically, economically, politically, and institutionally complex. Nutrient flows from agricultural lands to water bodies are diffuse by nature, difficult to observe and measure at reasonable cost, and there is significant heterogeneity and weather induced stochasticity in the links between input use and polluting discharges. Policies for protecting water quality have therefore tended to focus on managing farming practices rather than environmental outcomes by encouraging the adoption of best management practices.


Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees

Science Daily | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report.


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