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Sneakers Made from Corn? Seat Cushions From Soybeans?

Wall Street Journal | Posted onJanuary 11, 2018 in Agriculture News

Robust demand for processed foods, animal feed and biofuels isn’t keeping up with a record glut of crops in the U.S. and around the world, after several years of bumper harvests and largely benevolent weather. To sell the surplus, farmers and trade groups are wooing new customers, from car makers to toy companies. In recent years, corn and soybeans have been added to the recipes for Ford Motor Co. seat cushions, IKEA mattresses, Danone SA’s yogurt cups and Procter & Gamble Co.’s Olay moisturizers. Adidas AG’s Reebok brand recently unveiled sneakers made with corn.

A dying town

Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted onJanuary 10, 2018 in Rural News

It’s a place, one of many in America, where disadvantages pile up. Researchers are uncovering links between education — or lack of it — and health, and they don’t like what they see. It’s not clear whether a college degree leads directly to better health, or, if so, how. But the findings are alarming: Educational disparities and economic malaise and lack of opportunity are making people like those in the Bootheel sick. And maybe even killing them.

Slower speeds, less access: the public agency response to rural broadband

Daily Yonder | Posted onJanuary 10, 2018 in Federal, Rural News

Only 62 percent of rural Americans have broadband installed in their homes, according to the think tank New America, and those who do often pay exorbitant prices for sluggish speeds. There are similar statistics from low-income urban communities.

Agriculture firms warn of unintended impact of tax law

Wall Street Journal | Posted onJanuary 10, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

 A provision inserted into the tax code during Senate and House negotiations in December gave farmers more lucrative deductions when they sell agricultural products directly to the farm cooperatives he competes against rather than to businesses like his own.Mr. Tronson, whose four storage facilities handle 17 million bushels of grain a year, said the competition could spell the end of his 76-year-old family-owned business.“We’ve made a big investment.

Proposed Arkansas dicamba spraying cutoff date remains April 15

Delta Farm Press | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The Arkansas Plant Board decided to stick with the same proposed dicamba regulations it first passed last fall. The second go-around with the regulations became necessary when, in December, state lawmakers asked the board to reconsider a mid-April spraying cutoff date along with the possibility of establishing spraying zones.

EPA puts CAFO emission measurement reg on hold

Capital Press | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Federal News

Livestock producers and dairymen got some good news for a change last week from the Environmental Protection Agency when it denied a petition by environmental groups to regulate concentrated animal feeding operations like factories under the Clean Air Act.

Billions From VW Settlement Boost Push to Clean Vehicles

Pew Charitable Trust | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Energy News

South Carolina wants to replace aging school buses. Colorado plans to electrify Denver’s bus system. And Washington wants electric ferryboats for Puget Sound. As part of a 2016 federal court settlement after Volkswagen admitted programming its diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests, the automaker agreed to pay $2.8 billion to states to be used to reduce diesel pollution.

CDC has advised avoiding seven words in budget requests, including evidence-based and science-based

Ag Policy | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Federal News

As social scientists who treasure the concept of academic freedom, we were taken aback when we heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “had banned seven words.” The seven words: entitlement, diversity, vulnerable, transgender, science-based, evidence-based, and fetus. Upon further examination, it turns out that it is not quite that simple. CDC personnel were not told that they could not use the words.

More education about GMOs needed among public

Indiana Prairie Farmer | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Food News

It’s hard to escape the amount of GMO products out on today’s market, but being informed about what they are may help your buying habits. Almost one in five people in the U.S. haven’t read or heard anything about GMOs, according to Pew. Also, at a leading agricultural school, Purdue University, over one-third of participants in an informal campus survey said they had no opinion on GMOs. 

Interior rescinds climate, conservation policies: 'inconsistent' with Trump energy goals

The Times Picayune | Posted onJanuary 8, 2018 in Federal, Rural News

The Interior Department's number-two official issued a secretarial order just before Christmas rescinding several climate change and conservation policies issued under the Obama administration, saying they were "inconsistent" with President Donald Trump's quest for energy independence. Secretarial Order 3360, signed Dec.