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The process FDA is undertaking for reviewing and modernizing the agency’s standards of identity for dairy products

FDA | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

One area that needs greater clarity – and which has been the subject of much discussion of late – is the wide variety of plant-based foods that are being positioned in the marketplace as substitutes for standardized dairy products. Many of these plant-based foods use traditional dairy terms (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese) in the name of the product.

New Mexico state engineer denies water speculator bid

Santa Fe New Mexican | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture News

In a move hailed by environmentalists and nearby landowners, New Mexico’s top water-rights official has dismissed as speculative a company’s application to tap billions of gallons of groundwater from a closed basin deep beneath the Plains of San Agustin in western New Mexico.The denial is the latest twist in the 11-year quest by Augustin Plains Ranch LLC to siphon off 54,000 acre-feet, or 17.6 billion gallons, of water annually and pipe it to as-yet-undetermined communities in Central and Northern New Mexico.Douglas Meiklejohn, executive director of the Santa Fe-based New Mexico Environment

Employees Reveal Internal HSUS Problems

Humane Watch | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture News

Charity evaluators have knocked HSUS for its practices—and they’re not the only ones. Anonymous reviews posted to employer review site Glassdoor by current and former HSUS staff reveal an insider’s look at HSUS. And it’s rough.  One recent review from an employee who has worked at HSUS for more than a decade calls the organization “toxic” and littered with “incompetent managers” who have undue influence in the organization.

Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County

Strone Towns | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Rural News

Marietta should aspire to grow its own downtown instead of pretending that Atlanta is its downtown. Assuming that the pattern found in Johns Creek and Gwinnett County extends throughout the rest of the first ring of suburbs, it’s extremely likely that Cobb County imports as many commuters as it exports on any given workday. There’s no reason that they should not be able to retain their wealth and create more complete neighborhoods in the process.

Most public engagement is worse than worthless

Strong Towns | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Rural News

Chuck Marohn's Strong Towns article entitled "Most Public Engagement is Worthless" grabbed my attention. The article is fantastic, and the comments are getting richer and richer as I write this. But I would like to go a bit further. I think most public engagement is beyond worthless. I think it actually corrodes the relationships we need in order to build a strong town.

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

| Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Launched in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) competitive grant program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural and food industries by working to reduce the marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of sales of Wisconsin’s food products to local purchasers. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions.

Some Beatty residents say burro herd is causing problems

Capital Press | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture News

Some residents of a southern Nevada town that has long embraced a local herd of burros want the federal government to do more to control the wild donkey population. Residents of Beatty are complaining that the burros are causing disruptions by knocking down fences, trampling sensitive habitat and damaging property, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .The town has celebrated the animals as symbols of the community’s roots, growing from the early 20th-century mining camp.

Idaho wolves kill six cows in one week

Capital Press | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture News

ascade, Idaho, rancher Phil Davis said wolves killed three of his cows in early August. Separately, three other cows were killed nearby. “We lost three cows to wolves this last week, three days in a row,” said Davis, who for decades has studied Idaho wolf issues and has been outspoken about wolves’ impacts on livestock. The kills were Aug. 2-4 on Davis Cattle Co. property.USDA Wildlife Services confirmed the three cows were killed by wolves, as well as three other cattle on property close by, Public Affairs Specialist Tanya Espinosa said.

Russia Doesn’t Need to Change Votes — Just Sow Confusion

Pew Charitable Trust | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

Two states left nearly 200,000 people off voter rolls earlier this year, leading to confusion and anger when those people tried to cast a ballot in the primaries. Election security experts fear it could happen again in November.

Nebraska:Workers detained as feds target alleged conspiracy to exploit illegal labor

Omaha World Herald | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in News

Federal immigration enforcement officers swept into this rural area, detaining dozens of workers from a local tomato greenhouse complex, a potato processing facility and a cattle feedlot. In Nebraska and elsewhere, the operation by Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials snared 133 workers suspected of being in the country illegally, as well as 17 people connected to an alleged conspiracy to exploit illegal labor for profit, fraud and money laundering.Federal search warrants were served as far away as Las Vegas and Minnesota in connection with the conspiracy.