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A resource guide:survey of eminent domain law

Texas A&M | Posted onApril 25, 2017 in News

This is a law and policy resource guide on eminent domain law.


Slower-growing broiler advocates intensify pressure

Watt Ag Net | Posted onApril 25, 2017 in Agriculture News

Make no mistake about it: Animal rights groups are intensifying their push to get every major purchaser of chicken to source only slower-growing broiler breeds that are raised according to Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards.


Commerce Department Investigating Argentina and Indonesia Biodiesel Imports

Hoosier Ag Today | Posted onApril 25, 2017 in Energy News

The U.S. Commerce Department has launched an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation aimed at biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The investigation is in response to a complaint filed by the biodiesel industry in the United States.


Survey Shows Farmers Concerns

Hoosier Ag Today | Posted onApril 25, 2017 in Agriculture News

A new Voice of the Farmer Report examines the state of modern day farming through a combination of interviews with farmers and analysis of millions of acres of real farm yield as well as thousands of farmer seed and chemical invoices and price records. The survey finds issues including farm profits, industry consolidation, farm consolidation, and health care, along with technology needs, are all top-of-mind for farmers and ranchers.


Energy Dept. chief Perry says coal retirements threaten to destabilize the grid

Arstechnica | Posted onApril 25, 2017 in Energy News

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry ordered a review of electricity markets and reliability late last week, saying that "certain policies" have hindered the development and use of baseload energy sources like coal.


No vote on hydroponics from USDA organic board

The Packer | Posted onApril 24, 2017 in Federal News

When the National Organics Standards Board delayed a vote in November on whether produce grown on hydroponic and similar systems could be organic, members wanted to step back and gather more information on the issue. Companies marketing organic greenhouse bell peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables grown on hydro- and aquaponic systems might have to wait another year before the issue is decided. The NOSB’s three-day spring meeting in Denver ended April 21, with no formal vote or action taken in regard to hydroponic and container growing, and it is unlikely there will be a vote in 2017.


Federal utility CEO: Coal plants not reopening under Trump

Trib Live | Posted onApril 24, 2017 in Energy News

The CEO of the nation's biggest public utility said Tuesday that the agency isn't going to reopen coal-fired power plants under President Trump, who has promised a comeback for the downtrodden coal industry. Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said he thinks very little will actually change for the federal utility under Trump.TVA has said it's on track to cut its carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels.


A new CRISPR breakthrough could lead to simpler, cheaper disease diagnosis

Washington Post | Posted onApril 24, 2017 in Agriculture News

The controversial laboratory tool known as CRISPR may have found a whole new world to conquer. Already the favored method of editing genes, CRISPR could soon become a low-cost diagnostic tool that could be used practically anywhere to determine if someone has an infectious disease such as Zika or dengue.  In essence they have taken the virus-recognition properties of the bacterial CRISPR system and turned it into a technique for telling if someone's blood, urine, saliva or other bodily fluid contains genetic markers of a pathogen.


Animals in medicine cared for like the heroes they are

Lexington Herald Leader | Posted onApril 24, 2017 in Agriculture News

The animal research industry has a history of silence that we are beginning to understand must be broken. The public doesn’t have the information needed to understand what happens in our facilities. They’ve been inundated by propaganda that, at best, misrepresents us and at worst, spreads hate and fear. The public is almost exclusively exposed to this nearly always false, fantastical, fanatical misleading information.


4000 Snow Geese Deaths Due to Heavy Metals in Water in Montana Pit

Montana Standard | Posted onApril 24, 2017 in Rural News

The estimated 3,000 to 4,000 snow geese that perished in December 2016 in the Berkeley Pit’s toxic water died of both heavy metals and sulfuric acid, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson Ryan Moehring. The necropsy report does not make the findings clear, stating only that lesions in the stomach, intestines, and throats were severe and “suggestive of chemical tissue damage induced by a corrosive substance.”Copper and zinc, both of which were found inside the birds’ stomachs, could have been the cause or a contributing factor in the lesions, according to the report.


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