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QUICK NEWS, July 27: WIND’S HOPE IN THE WATER; ALABAMA WANTS ROOFTOP SOLAR; NEW ENERGY BILL WOULD BOOST GEOTHERMAL

WIND’S HOPE IN THE WATER Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers Diane Cardwell, July 23, 2015 (NY Times) “…[O]ff the coast of Block Island, part of Rhode Island, a small flotilla [of crane vessels, tugboats andShow More Summary

Tax Bill to Help Ag, Other Small Businesses

The Senate Finance Committee has moved forward legislation seen as important to agriculture and other small businesses. Farm Bureau is praising committee passage of the measure to extend important tax provisions through 2016. The legislation...Show More Summary

House passes bill to bring more water to California farms

Some rural areas have been particularly hurt as the state's water distribution systems curtailed water for agriculture. Democrats say diverting more water to farms will take water from other California communities and harm the state's salmon fishing industry.

House GOP set to pass another California water bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are making another push to pass legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt despite criticism from the White House and congressional Democrats.

Proponents, opponents jostle over Harbor Bay Club proposal

By Bill Chapin Things have been relatively quiet lately in the battle over the Harbor Bay Club. In the last year, there have been no hearings or votes taken on the proposal to move the Bay Farm Island athletic club to a new site near the Harbor Bay Business Park. But behind the scenes, proponents

Pssst, The Secret is Out: Crop Insurance Is about to be Graded. Reform School Needed.

During the debate over the 2014 Farm Bill, members of Congress bragged about how much money so-called reforms of federal farm subsidies would save by doing away with direct payment to farmers and having federally subsidized crop insurance...Show More Summary

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

last monthHobbies / 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

2 months agoUS 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

3 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

3 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

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