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AgriAbility Marks 25 Years

2016 marks 25 of service to people with disabilities for AgrAbility.  The organization, first authorized in the 1990 farm bill and funded in 1991, helps people in agriculture overcome their various needs and work productively in the industry. Show More Summary

Predicting ocean chemistry using Microsoft Azure (text & video)

Shellfish farmer Bill Dewey remembers the first year he heard of ocean acidification, a phrase that means a change in chemistry for ocean water. It was around 2008, and Dewey worked for Taylor Shellfish, a company that farms oysters in ocean waters off the coast of Washington. That year, thousands of tiny “seed” oysters died […]

Activists Demand a Bill of Rights for California Farmworkers

Labor organizers are urging boards of two of the biggest farming counties in the state to adopt a Farm Worker Bill of Rights to protect them from wage theft, abuse and health and safety threats.

USDA Pledges $9M Towards Wetlands

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program will provide $9 million to...Show More Summary

Why the Future Is Bright for the World’s Poorest Farmers

Technology is transforming farming even in the world’s poorest countries. Bill Gates shares how the future of agriculture will shape up.

AFBF and NCGA Comment on Year End Legislation

Farm groups are reacting to the omnibus spending bill that avoided a government shutdown. Just as it’s being touted as giving some to both Republicans and Democrats, the compromise deal has its ups and downs for agriculture, and Farm Bureau and the National Corn Growers Association have both weighed in on those ag ups and downs. Farm Bureau officials are... Read More

This Tiny Rooftop Farm Is Hoping To Revolutionize NYC's Craft Breweries

Ceguera and Gerhold saw this bill pass and began to form an idea. "We saw this opportunity, especially in New York City where all these breweries are popping up, to be on the forefront of the bill," Ceguera explains. Tinyfield Farm seeks to offer local breweries a unique product that's more difficult to source. Show More Summary

Pheasants Forever Hire Expands Farm Bill Biologist Partnership in Central Wisconsin

2 months agoHobbies / Hunting : Hunting Life

Becky Davis to focus on wildlife habitat conservation in Central Wisconsin Grassland Conservation Area Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. – December 2, 2015 – The post Pheasants Forever Hire Expands Farm Bill Biologist Partnership in Central Wisconsin appeared first on Hunting and Conservation News.

USDA’s Domestic and Foreign Catfish Inspections Will Begin in March 2016

Long-awaited U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections, mandated by Farm Bills since 2008, will begin next March, according to a final rule establishing an inspection program for fish in the order Siluriformes, including catfish. Show More Summary

America’s Got a $2 Billion Peanut Problem

Why is the US spending enough money to keep Lebron James playing for 80 years on peanuts we don't need? Blame the 2014 USDA-backed Farm Bill, which protects farmers from losing money if the market price for peanuts drops.

Antibiotic Apocalypse Economics

An antibiotic apocalypse is upon us due to failures in food product labeling tied to unsustainable farming practices. 3p economic correspondent Bill Roth offers an economic analysis and what to do.

PF/QF in Iowa Readies for CRP Signup with New Biologists

3 months agoHobbies / Hunting : Hunting Life

Farm Bill Biologist Partnership expands to 26 counties, provides technical assistance to Iowa producers Des Moines, Iowa – Nov. 17, 2015 – The post PF/QF in Iowa Readies for CRP Signup with New Biologists appeared first on Hunting and Conservation News.

Amid budget deadlock, Gov. Bruce Rauner turns to obscure agency to pay bills

In an effort to fund needs like road plowing and 911 service in the absence of a state budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner is turning to an obscure state agency usually occupied with arranging loans to hospitals, towns and farms. The Illinois Finance Authority board voted Thursday to withdraw $12 million...

Farm bill favors corporations and ignores people of color

A new study looks at where the government puts resources and -- surprise! -- it's not equitable.

Crop Insurance Reform in Budget

Farm Bill after farm bill, I raised the issue of how farm subsidies left out our black and other small, limited-resource farmers. In 2007, the National Black Farmers Association released a joint study (ewg.org/research/short-crop) with the Environmental Working Group. Show More Summary

Bipartisan Bill Helps Farmers & Machinery

U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation, supported by both the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. Show More Summary

Teaching farming in the Bronx

Teaching farming in the Bronx By Bill Hicks ·     21 October 2015 From the section Business Image copyright GBM Image caption Stephen Ritz is growing food for his pupils in one of the poorest districts in the US If you had to choose the least likely location for the birthplace of a green […]

Good News for Kids, Farmers, & Small Towns

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) along with Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) have taken the lead in introducing the Farm to School Act of 2015, a bill that will expand the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program. Show More Summary

California Governor Finally Signs Nation’s First Law Getting Tough On Antibiotics In Farm Animals

Weeks after the California state legislature passed the nation’s first law intended to hold farmers and veterinarians accountable for the use of antibiotics in livestock, Governor Jerry Brown finally signed the bill over the weekend. As...Show More Summary

California adopts tough rules for antibiotic use in farm animals

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill that sets the strictest government standards in the United States for the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The move from California, known for its leadership on public health and environmental issues, comes amid growing concern...

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