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Roberts Bill to Make Bonus Depreciation Permanent

New legislation could make bonus depreciation on farm equipment permanent. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) says his bill will encourage investments and economic growth by making permanent a fifty percent depreciation bonus on new equipment and property purchases. Show More Summary

Illegal pot grows spoil North Coast

4 days agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Illegal grows are having a significant impact on the environment and wild fish. Cal Trout is supporting Assemblymen Jim Wood’s bill, AB 243 that addresses the environmental problems created by illegal marijuana farms. LINK The best thing that could happen would be for California to fully legalize cannabis which would put the illegal grows out of business.

The Passing of the 2014 Farm Bill

Here’s an interesting mini documentary of the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014. It features the work of Rep. Frank Lucas, Agricultural Committee Chairman. Every few years a farm bill must be passed to ensure the state of American agriculture. Farmers like Danny Davis of Oklahoma rely on the provisions granted in the legislation to maintain their farms, and... Read More

No Breaks, Less Sugar, and More Refunds

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says “no” to a tax break for big corporations. The Republican just vetoed a bill aimed at expanding a tax incentive for wind farms and petrochemical firms along the Gulf Coast. Subsidy backers claim it helps the firms generate jobs, but Abbott doesn’t think it’s worth the money. Show More Summary

North Dakota Pollinators Get a Boost from Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologists

BISMARCK, N.D.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pheasants Forever views the recent White House Pollinator Health Task Force report as validation of the conservation benefits of land enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for pollinators, pheasants, and agricultural producers in North Dakota. Show More Summary

North Dakota Farmer’s Union Spent $41,000 On “Volunteer” Referendum Effort

The North Dakota Farmer’s Union turned in signatures today to send a partial rollback of North Dakota’s corporate farming ban to the voters. They needed just under 14,000 signatures to refer the bill, which was passed by lawmakers earlier this year, and they turned in over 22,000. NDFU and its partner organizations in this endeavor...

Big Ag Trying to Override Veto of N.C. Ag-Gag Measure

The North Carolina ag-gag bill would allow unscrupulous employers to sue employees who reveal cruelty in puppy mills and factory farms. Photo by Dick Randall/The HSUS The important victory for North Carolina’s animals I told you about on Friday is now in jeopardy. Show More Summary

Former Senate leader Bill Frist weds Tracy Roberts

Knot, tied. Former Senate majority leader Bill Frist and his fiancee, Virginia equestrian Tracy Roberts, wed this weekend, according to her Facebook page. Roberts, a 53-year-old farm manager from the western part of the commonwealth, posted pictures of the wedding ceremony showing the bride and groom at the altar and pictures of the chapel’s exterior. […]

Opposition to ag-gag bill growing daily

last monthUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Animal cruelty is only part of the issue: Animal welfare and labor advocates began pressuring Gov. Pat McCrory this week to veto the bill. The Humane Society of the U.S. launched a week-long TV ad campaign. The farm group’s letter says...Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Heidi Heitkamp

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Democrat was instrumental in crafting the 2014 farm bill and now has proposed legislation to address uncertainty over renewable fuels and waters of the US as well as expanding trade with Cuba. Show More Summary

Life After Content Farming: the Transcendence of Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons was ‘fired’ from ESPN, and it means we get to watch a ‘big time’ career/medium/content_farm/network transition by one of the most popular internet content farmers of all time. I see Bill Simmons as one of the last widely-read...Show More Summary

Alliance asks USDA help to clear paperwork backlog

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance has asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to give his assurance that a backlog in paperwork at U.S. Department of Agriculture offices won’t prevent fruit and vegetable growers from participating in federal crop insurance this year.

Lawsuit blames Knott's Berry Farm log ride for girl's injuries

2 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

The family of a young girl who it says was injured in an accident on a Knott’s Berry Farm ride has filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court, asking for punitive damages and the cost of medical bills.

PBC on CBS - Figueroa vs Burns: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

2 months agoSports / Boxing : Bad Left Hook

Omar Figueroa takes on Ricky Burns, and Tomoki Kameda faces Jamie McDonnell in today's PBC on CBS bill. Today at 4:00 pm EST, PBC is back on CBS with a doubleheader from State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, featuring Omar Figueroa against...Show More Summary

Nobody wants to foot the bill for new antibiotics: Norwegian study

The Norwegian government is working on a strategy to handle problems with antibiotic resistant bacteria after an outbreak of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at a pig farm in central Norway. But researchers say the government's focus is too narrow.

Eye of the Beholder

The Associated Press reports that conservative members of the Nebraska State Senate staged a filibuster this week to block a proposal that would attract more wind farms to the state. The bill would have offered $75 million in tax credits...Show More Summary

Congress Should Declare Mice Are Animals -- Now!

In 2002, North Carolina senator Jesse Helms slipped language into a normally mundane farm bill stipulating that rats, mice and birds are not actually animals. Helms was kowtowing to the wishes of Big Pharma and some major research universities. Show More Summary

U.S. Senate hearing interrupted by 'Frozen' song

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to discuss Farm Bill sign-ups when he was rudely interrupted by Elsa the Snow Queen. (...)

Farm Bureau: Food Prices Up About 1%

Shoppers are paying a bit more for their groceries this spring. A new survey from Farm Bureau shows that meat and orange juice are the biggest contributors to an increase of 60 cents of a $53.87 grocery bill on 16 food items, or about of 1 percent, in the group’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket survey. “Several meat items increased in price,... Read More

Federal government should split bill with L.A. for river restoration

Fred Eaton certainly knew his business when he went poking around the Owens Valley in the early part of the last century, quietly purchasing farms and ranches for the water rights that went with them. Had the self-taught engineer and former Los Angeles mayor made it clear to the landowners that...

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