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Quarles Unveils New Initiative to Combat Food Insecurity

Surf KY | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles today unveiled an initiative that will open a new front on combating food insecurity: summer meals for Kentucky children. The Kentucky-grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program will create an economic incentive for summer meal programs to buy fruit and vegetables produced in Kentucky by Kentucky growers. the Kentucky-grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program will create an economic incentive for summer meal programs to buy fruit and vegetables produced in Kentucky by Kentucky growers.


9th Circuit Ruling on Idaho “Ag Gag” Statute

Texas Agriculture Law Blog | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a ruling on the constitutionality of Idaho’s Interference with Agricultural Production (commonly referred to as an “ag gag”) statute.  The Court affirmed in part the lower court decision holding a portion of the statute unconstitutional but upheld two specific statutory provisions.  This case is important as it is the first time a federal appellate court has found a constitutional right to record images on private property like a farm.  Animal rights groups are hailing this is a major victory, despite the fact that other provisio


AFB and NFU team up for clearing house on opioids

Farm Strong | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America. Farm towns will overcome this epidemic through strong farmer-to-farmer support and the resilience of our communities.The nation's two largest farm organizations have teamed up to bring attention to the opioid epidemic in farm country and provide information and resources to help those struggling with opioid abuse.


Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority to accept applications and award $660,000 for dairy risk management

State of Missouri | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The State of Missouri’s FY18 budget signed by Gov. Eric Greitens made available $660,000 to fund a dairy risk management program created by the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act. The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA), housed within the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will begin accepting applications for the program in early 2018. The Margin Insurance Premium Assistance program was established to assist Missouri dairy farmers with the cost of their participation in the federal margin protection program by the Missouri General Assembly.


Florida and Georgia taking water fight to Supreme Court

The Seattle Times | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture News

The high court hears arguments Monday in the long-running dispute between Florida and neighboring Georgia over the flow of water in the Apalachicola River, which runs from the state line to Apalachicola Bay and the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Florida sued Georgia in the Supreme Court in 2013, blaming farmers and booming metro Atlanta for low river flows that harmed the environment and fisheries dependent on fresh water entering the area.


USDA Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules and Other Proposed Actions

USDA | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing that it has withdrawn certain advance notice of proposed rulemakings (ANPRM) and proposed rules that were either published in the Federal Register more than 4 years ago without subsequent action or determined to no longer be candidates for final action. USDA is taking this action to reduce its regulatory backlog and focus its resources on higher priority actions.


Sniffing out weevils: How Chili the dog is saving greenhouse peppers

CBC Canada | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture News

 


Robotic harvesting technology passes on-farm testing.

Wallace's Farmer | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture News

An Iowa-based company is marketing one of agriculture’s first driverless systems for tractors. Smart Ag, an ag technology firm in Ames, has successfully tested the system that allows existing farm equipment to become autonomous. Smart Ag is taking orders and will sell a limited number of the systems in 2018. Smart Ag’s technology was demonstrated at a field day on a farm near Plainfield in northeast Iowa in November. MBS Family Farms hosted the event to help introduce AutoCart, a software program.


Pennsylvania: Executive Order Strengthens Fight Against Invasive Pests

Lancaster Farming | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Recognizing the increasing threat invasive species pose to Pennsylvania’s economy and people, Gov. Tom Wolf last week announced an additional step to complement recent bipartisan legislation to help battle bad bugs and out-of-control plants.


Conservation needs strong support in next farm bill

High Plains Journal | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Federal News

Use of precision agriculture allows us to monitor and apply water and nutrients where needed. We recently converted some irrigated acres to a buried drip system, which reduces water use and lowers impact on the soil. With the addition of rotations that integrate cover crops, weed pressure goes down, and water and nutrients stay in the soil and not in the streams.  These are just a few changes in technology and management that support an agriculture that is both productive and environmentally responsible.


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