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Pipelines repeatedly cited by state regulators for environmental issues

Charleston Gazette Mail | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Energy News

As battles over two major natural gas pipelines play out in court, state regulators have continued to cite the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline for environmental problems.The Mountain Valley Pipeline has received 19 violation notices from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for failing to comply with the project’s West Virginia/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general water pollution control permit.

Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Agriculture News

A 37-year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005.

Rural resilience calls for new practices in land use

Houston Chronicle | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Rural News

The ability to be resilient is a practical necessity for residents of rural areas. But the long-practiced goal of self-sufficiency now has a broader definition that calls on residents in the region to adapt to change, regional planning experts note.Resiliency could be be applied to land use practices, according to a proposed regional program, such as expanding maple sugar operations and the ability to grow new varieties of fruit trees.

Caravan To Nowhere: Five Fallacies That Stall Immigration Discourse

Forbes | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in Federal News

The pending confrontation is tragic, considering the U.S. tradition of win-win outcomes for immigrants like me and the nation that receives our creative energy and industry.The results are indisputable. Fed by a steady stream of the world’s outcasts — the tired, poor and tempest-tossed masses memorialized on the Statue of Liberty — the United States has emerged as the world’s No.

Wisconsin farmers face steep challenges as Evers prepares to take office

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted onNovember 14, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

As many Wisconsin farmers cling to their livelihood, hoping for some relief soon from crushing low commodity prices, some are asking what the state agriculture department will be like after Tony Evers becomes the next governor.

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

Science Daily | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.In a scientific review and call to action published in PLOS Medicine, the researchers call for immediate government intervention to phase out all organophosphates."There is compelling evidence that ex

The devil is in the detail of community solar plan

New Jersey Spotlight | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in Energy News

Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that.

ICE is holding a record number of immigrants in detention

AXIOS | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding a record-breaking average of 44,631 immigrants in its detention centers daily. Why it matters: That's 4,000 more people than Congress has funded, and some immigrant rights groups want to know where the money is coming from, according to the Daily Beast. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security used $169 million of funds from other sub-agencies — including the Federal Emergency Management Agency — to help fund ICE's detention efforts.

Depressed milk prices forcing more farmers out of operation

The State | Posted onNovember 13, 2018 in Agriculture News

High production costs and falling commodity prices over the past four years are forcing more and more dairy farmers out of business in Iowa and other dairy states, according to agribusiness experts and farm groups.The global flood of milk has depressed prices to about half what they were in 2014, and they still haven't hit all-time lows. But U.S.

USDA cuts corn, soybean crops

Farm Futures | Posted onNovember 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

Grain futures are mixed this morning. Though USDA cut its forecast of corn and soybean production in Thursday morning’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, it projected tighter corn carryout but rising soybean inventories. Corn posted modest gains while soybeans sold off as a result.  “USDA’s attempt to update the supply and demand situation today was muddied by uncertainty over what’s going on in China,” notes Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr.