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#MeToo in the Statehouse: At Least 16 Men Are Gone, But the Harassment Culture Isn’t

Pew Charitable Trust | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

In March, former Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish made a surprise visit to the state Capitol, where he attended committee hearings and talked to former colleagues.His presence was enough to put at least a few women on edge. Sarah Walker, a lobbyist, said she heeded texted warnings to avoid certain areas of the building. State Rep. Erin Maye Quade said she made a point of staying in her committee room. When Cornish ended up walking in the room, she said, for a split second she thought he was there to kill her.


Optimism wanes in farm country, survey finds

Capital Press | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

Producer optimism about the agricultural economy is at its lowest level since the 2016 elections, dropping for the second consecutive month in April. Concerns over trade disruptions and the future of U.S. agricultural exports are fueling the downturn in producer sentiment, according to economists at Purdue University who survey 400 producers nationwide each month.The needle of optimism on current and future economic conditions fell 10 points in April in the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Barometer after dropping 5 points in March.


Millions of dogs threatened by rise of 'anti-vax' pills made from diseased flesh sold online, warns RSPCA

The Telegraph | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Rural News

Millions of dogs and cats are at risk of avoidable death from an increase in unproven anti-vaccination “remedies” being sold online, the RSPCA has warned. Amazon this week agreed to remove advertisements for products made from the diseased flesh of dead animals after a Sunday Telegraphinvestigation revealed misleading boasts claiming the “homeopathic nosodes” provide immunity from fatal conditions. The rise in online marketing of “anti-vax” materials risked “horrific suffering” among pets whose owners reject conventional jabs.


CWD prions discovered in Wisconsin soils for first time

Feedstuffs | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Rural News

New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has, for the first time, detected prions responsible for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in samples taken from sites where deer congregate. Scientists searched for prions at mineral licks — areas where deer seek out essential nutrients and minerals — in the CWD endemic area across south-central Wisconsin. Out of 11 sites, nine had detectable levels of the disease-causing misfolded proteins. Prions were found both in soil and in water from the sites, as well as in nearby fecal samples from one site, the announcement said.


SNAP is a boon to urban and rural economies

| Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Federal, Rural News

In case you missed it, Congress is in the midst of a pretty major food fight. At the center of it is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the first line of defense against hunger for more than 21 million American households.  Going forward, however, an estimated 2 million people stand to lose SNAP benefits if the farm bill proposal passed by the House Agriculture Committee last month becomes law. The bill’s draconian work requirementsand eligibility changes threaten to upend the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families.


Ag budget bill would give USDA jurisdiction over lab-grown 'meat'

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Federal News

As meat substitute products that use new technologies proliferate and the debate over what is and is not meat heats up, Congress jumped into the fray last week with a paragraph in its proposed USDA budget that would give the agency jurisdiction over products made in labs from animal cells.


Organic Trade Association blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule

Organic Trade Association | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

The Organic Trade Association on Monday strongly condemned the U.S.


Dairy Farmers Look For Lifelines In Flooded Market

WEKU | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

LaRue County, Kentucky, dairy farmer Gary Rock sits in his milking parlor, overlooking what is left of his 95 cow operation. “Three hundred years of history is something that a lot of people in our country cannot even talk about,” Rock said.That’s how long the farm has been in his family. While the land has turned out tobacco, soybeans and other crops over the years, since 1980 dairy has nourished the family in and out of tragedy.“In 2013, we had an F2 tornado that totally destroyed all the facilities here except the one we are sitting in, which is the milk parlor itself,” Rock said.


On The Brink: Low milk prices closing a lot of local dairy farms

Dayton Daily News | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

Low milk prices are increasingly forcing small Ohio dairy farmers out of business and third- or fourth-generation family farms are in danger of closing down. Prolonged low prices for milk have left farmers in the region and around the country feeling squeezed. In the past decade, there has been a 33 percent decrease in Ohio dairy farms. And in the past year, the number of farms have dropped from 2,405 to 2,237, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.


East Tennessee dairy farmers milk every option to stay in business after Dean Foods ends contract

Knox News | Posted onMay 15, 2018 in Agriculture News

Fewer than 20 days remain until Dean Foods terminates its contract with dairy farmer Caleb Watson and his 221 milk cows. The countdown, if nothing else, has become easier to compute; the days can be tallied on fingers and toes now. Watson and 10 other East Tennessee farmers were given a 90-day, out-of-the-blue notice. Time is up May 31.The company cited an overabundance of milk in the market as reason for the cuts. Dean Foods subsidiary companies include Purity, Mayfield Dairy, Land O’Lakes, Dairy Pure, TruMoo and many other regional and national brands.


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