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Cartoonist says his work got him axed

Des Moines Register | Posted onMay 10, 2016 in Rural News

A freelance cartoonist says he was fired for drawing an editorial cartoon that bemoaned Iowa farmers' dwindling profits while CEOs at large agricultural corporations earn millions of dollars.

The organic food revolution that is minting millionaires

CNBC | Posted onMay 10, 2016 in Food News

Consumer demand is helping many start-ups pull off a successful launch, even in an industry notoriously difficult to crack because of competition from large retailers. Take Thrive Market, a Los Angeles start-up that sells specialty organic food and beauty products. The online grocer garnered $10 million in sales after just 17 months from its launch - a stunning rate of growth -  that has surprised its founders and investors, as well as execs across the food industry.

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline gets a green light from FERC and a lawsuit from enviros

State Impact - Pennsylvania | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in Energy News

The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project won preliminary approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday, paving the way for the $3 billion expansion of the Transco system to move forward as environmentalists simultaneously filed a federal lawsuit objecting to the pipeline. FERC released its draft environmental impact statement, concluding the environmental impact would not be significant.

A Top Utility Regulator Talks About How to Prepare California for 50% Renewable Energy

Green Tech Media | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in Energy News

As California looks to get half its electricity from renewables by 2030, energy regulators in the state have never been busier.

Renewables Swamp Natural Gas in First Quarter 2016

Renewable Energy World | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in Energy News

Setting a new lopsided quarterly record, renewable sources outpaced — in fact, swamped — natural gas by a factor of more than 70:1 for new electrical generating capacity placed in-service during the first three months of calendar year 2016. According to the latest just-released monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, nine new "units" of wind provided 707 MW, followed by 44 units of solar (522 MW), 9 units of biomass (33 MW), and one unit of hydropower (29 MW).

Judge orders state to return exotic animals

Columbus Dispatch | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in News

A Stark County judge ordered the state to return 10 exotic animals seized.

State vet expresses concerns over organic hen standards

Feedstuffs | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in Federal News

State veterinarians across the nation are reviewing a recently proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that eliminates the approval of outdoor porches for hens from the National Organic Program, instead requiring direct exposure of hens to the outdoors. Recently, California state veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones expressed concern with the rule in a comment to USDA.

Jones urged USDA and its Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to reconsider this proposed rule, especially the outdoor access requirements that may pose serious animal health and food safety concerns.

Landowner Attorney Discusses Private Property and Water Rights

Texas Extension Service | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in News

Landowners have won some important legislative and court battles

Farmer Battles Over Covers

DTN | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in Agriculture News

Kevin Glanz doesn't believe his crop insurance policy should be put in jeopardy because he's following a cover-cropping practice approved by USDA's Risk Management Agency.

Yet Glanz has already been told his corn crop will face a quality control audit this growing season by Des Moines-based Rain and Hail LLC after Glanz informed his insurance agent that he plans to interseed a cover-crop mix into his standing corn crop this year.

Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta: rush for mega-mergers puts food security at risk

The Guardian | Posted onMay 9, 2016 in Agriculture News

Recent deals in the global agrochemical and seed industry, driven by financial motivations, are a threat to farmers, prices and the environment.

The global agrochemical and seed industry is undergoing profound upheaval, with a spate of mergers and attempted mergers consolidating the sector and raising concerns about the future of the food system.