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  • Illinois lawmaker proposes plan to protect pets | Illinois Home page

    As temperatures once again spiral down, it's important your furry friends aren't left fending for themselves in the bitter cold. Now, some lawmakers want to give you more power to save an animal you think could be in danger. A new proposal would allow you to rescue a pet from someone else' car.It can be a matter of life and death for a pet. Illinois is one of nearly two dozen states which don't already have this good Samaritan law in place.Animal advocates say it's a disservice to countless animals abandoned in extreme cold or heat.Right now, you can be given a misdemeanor for breaking and entering someone's car to rescue a pet. You must call authorities for help. The proposal would change that.

    Post date: Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:55
  • Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language | Tech Times

    An AI algorithm can convert the vocalizations of prairie dogs into English. Now, animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is working on a pet translator that can translate a dog's barks into human language.The idea of humans being able to talk to and understand animals may soon become a reality. A researcher is working on a device that may be used as a pet language translator in the future.

    Post date: Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:55
  • Rancher takes different tack on wolf depredation | Capital Press

    Mark Coats has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on creating a predator awareness program he believes can successfully reduce or eliminate predation deaths. Coats, who has cattle operations in Siskiyou County in far Northern California and Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, said the attacks happened on a neighbor’s land.“My cows turned out fine,” he said. “I’m confident in my cows’ ability to stand off predators,” explaining he routinely takes steps to retrain his herds.Coats doesn’t necessarily like it, but he accepts the fact that wolves have become a fixture in Oregon and parts of Northern California.“The wolf is a carnivore. Killing is what he does. By the laws of the ESA we can’t do a lot,” said Coats, referring to protections to wolves mandated under the federal Endangered Species Act. “We need to learn how to stay in business in his presence.” He has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on creating a predator awareness program he believes can successfully reduce or eliminate predation deaths.“What they need is the individualized chase,” where a wolf or wolves isolate a cow or calf from the herd, then chase, immobilize and eat the animal, which is often still alive. “We’re trying to interrupt that. That is the key.”The key, he believes, is training cattle to gather in herds when threatened by wolves or other potential killers.

    Post date: Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:54
  • New Mexico proposes pet food fee to help spay, neuter pets | Pet Food Industry

    New Mexico lawmakers proposed a bill that would raise the registration fee pet food manufacturers pay. The bill would raise the fee from US$2 to US$100 for each product sold in New Mexico. 

    Post date: Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:52
  • Owner of Virginia seafood company charged with conspiracy | WBJ7

    The owner of a Virginia seafood company has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government by mixing foreign crab meat with Atlantic blue crab, then labeling the blended seafood and selling it to customers as a U.S. product. James Casey, owner, and president of Casey's Seafood was charged Friday in a criminal information with violating the Lacey Act, a law that prohibits trafficking in illegal wildlife.Casey is accused of conspiring to replace Atlantic blue crab with crab meat from Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Central and South America.Court documents filed Friday allege that Casey and unnamed co-conspirators are accused of falsely labeling nearly 400,000 pounds of crab meat worth millions of dollars as a "product of the United States."

    Post date: Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:50

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Gleanings

Farmland Taxes Under Discussion in the Midwest Again

23 January, 2017

Senator Jean Leising knows it’s going to be another tough year for beef and hog producers, and 2016’s record national yields for corn and soybeans indicate that farm profitability will decline for the third straight year.  She is convinced that “the drop in net farm income again this year makes the changes Indiana made to the farmland taxation calculation in 2016 even more important.”  

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Farm

Are corporations taking over America’s food supply?

15 March, 2016

Family farms.  The foundation of America’s food security.  According to the USDA, 97 percent of farms are family farms, and they grow 90 percent of the food produced. But national policies to keep food affordable (American’s spend less than 7 percent of their paycheck for food) and the boom and bust cycles of farming have resulted in larger, more concentrated farming practices. 

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