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BPI claims settlement with ABC 'vindicates' Dunes firm's beef product

Argus Leader | Posted onJune 29, 2017 in Food News

BPI sued ABC, correspondent Jim Avila, who reported many of the stories, and several others who were later dismissed from the suit in September 2012, claiming that ABC knowingly used false information about LFTB during a series of reports in March and April 2012. Those reports regularly referred to the product as "pink slime," an unflattering moniker BPI said led consumers to believe the product was unsafe and low in nutritional value.


Infarm wants to put a farm in every grocery store

Tech Crunch | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Food News

Imagine a future where you go into a grocery store to buy some fresh basil, and, as you traverse the aisle, instead of polythene bags containing mass-produced snippets of the herb that have been flown in from thousands of miles away, in front of you are a stack of illuminated containers, each housing a mini basil farm. The plants themselves are being monitored by multiple sensors and fed by an internet-controlled irrigation and nutrition system.


New best friends: GOP governors and renewables

EEnews | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is fresh off a legislative session in which he signed nine bills aimed at supporting the clean energy sector. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a tax exemption that solar installers say is essential to jump-starting the residential and commercial market in the Sunshine State. And in Iowa, where wind now accounts for 36 percent of the state's electricity generation, newly installed Gov.


Michigan native Matt Mika discharged from hospital after GOP baseball shooting

WXYZ | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Agriculture, Federal News

Michigan native Matt Mika has been discharged from George Washington University Hospital just over a week after he was shot at the GOP baseball team practice. Mika, who is the director of government relations for Tyson foods, underwent multiple surgeries after he was shot multiple times.A relative told 7 Action News that Mika suffered broken ribs, a sternum injury and some type of injury to his lungs.


Is it a farm, a home, or both? Zoning debate in Chesapeake worries small farmers

The Virginian Pilot | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Agriculture News

According to city officials, when agriculturally zoned land is developed for residential purposes – like Barnes’ farm – residential standards apply, which includes limiting the numbers of livestock someone can have.


MN: Young farmers score victory at Legislature

Detroit Lakes Online | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

A first-of-its-kind newly signed budget bill is a win-win for the future of farming in Minnesota. And it's thanks in part to Andrew Barsness, a 27-year-old grain farmer from Hoffman. Through the bill, landowners receive a state income tax credit when they sell land or rent land or agricultural assets to a beginning farmer, which is someone who has been farming for fewer than 10 years, said Barsness. According to the Young Farmer's Coalition, which was formed in 2016, the credit equals 5 percent of the sale price, 10 percent of the cash rent or 15 percent for a cash share agreement.


Rural Communities Must Empower Youth

Daily Yonder | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Rural News

The future of rural America depends on attracting younger generations to make a life in smaller communities. That means listening to young people, responding to their interests, and sharing power.  Community leaders need strategies to keep its youth. First and foremost, is to understand their value as leaders. As Seemiller states, the youth wish to be engaged and make a difference in their communities.Leaders can set up opportunities for the youth to become active in the community and not just as token youth appointees. Mentoring and leadership programs are a good start.


WI:Walker signs fish farm bill

Minneapolis Star Tribune | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that loosens fish farm regulations. Under the Republican bill, fish farms no longer need permits to discharge material into a wetland if the wetland was created for fish farming. Natural water bodies can serve as fish farms and farms wouldn't need permits to construct or enlarge artificial water bodies connected to a navigable waterway. New permit conditions will be prohibited unless needed to meet water quality standards.


GA: Senator Lucas to lead rural work group committee

Macon Telegraph | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

State Sen. David Lucas has been named chairman of a committee tasked with improving rural Georgia. The political veteran will guide the meetings for the Senate Rural Georgia Study Committee that begin this summer. The committee deals with similar issues as a House Rural Development Council that will create policy ideas on issues such as health care and education in rural communities.


Sanderson Farms sued over '100 percent natural' label claim

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted onJune 28, 2017 in Agriculture, Food News

Three consumer groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Sanderson Farms Inc. accusing the company of falsely advertising that its chicken is “100 percent natural.” The groups suing Sanderson Farms are the Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety. In the lawsuit, filed in U.S.


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