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Yakima hotel transforms into farmworker housing

Capital Press | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Agriculture News

A large Yakima hotel has been mostly converted into farmworker housing and owners foresee it meeting more need as use of foreign guestworkers continues to grow.

U.S. Crop Giants are Doing More Brazil Deals Thanks to Trade War

Bloomberg | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Agriculture News

 Cargill, ADM agree to ship soybeans from South America.  Soy stockpiles in U.S. forecast to rise as exports decrease.Some of the most iconic names in U.S. agriculture just agreed to do more business with China. But it’s coming at the expense of American farmers as the companies agree to ship more soybeans from Brazil amid Donald Trump’s trade war with Beijing.Cargill Inc., the biggest privately-held U.S. company, as well as its century-old rivals Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.

Renewables can challenge existing coal plants on price

Utility Dive | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Energy News

Average costs for wind and solar energy can undercut existing coal generation even without subsidies, according to analysis from the research firm Lazard.The latest version of Lazard's levelized cost of energy (LCOE) analysis finds that U.S. onshore wind energy costs average between $26/MWh and $56/MWh without subsidies, while utility-scale solar averages between $36/MWh and $44/MWh. That challenges the average cost for existing U.S. coal plants, which Lazard pegs between $27/MWh and $45/MWh.

California PUC chair says state won't let PG&E go bankrupt

Utility Dive | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Energy News

California's head utility regulator said Thursday he does not want utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to go bankrupt over escalating costs related to California's record wildfire season, sending shares soaring in after-hours trading.

Probe launched against PF & E after fires

Utility Dive | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Energy News

The California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC) said Monday it has launched investigations into the regulatory compliance of electric facilities owned by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) related to three deadly fires.

Clean energy platforms win at the state level as 7 governor seats shift blue

Utility Drive | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Energy News

Several Democratic candidates ran their campaigns on clean energy in stark contrast to their opponents, which observers say may have helped win them the election.Seven governor's races flipped blue: Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico and Nevada.

Petco drops pet foods, treats with artificial ingredients

Pet Food Industry | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Food News

Petco announced it will not sell dog or cat food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives by May 2019.

Australian Senate calls for stronger pet food regulation

Pet Food Industry | Posted onNovember 18, 2018 in Rural News

The Senate action follows more than 100 cases of megaesophagus in dogs correlated with a specific pet food.


Medical marijuana backers threaten to sue over LDS Church involvement in compromise bill to replace Prop 2

Salt Lake Tribune | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Medical marijuana advocates say they are exploring legal action challenging the Legislature’s move to replace Proposition 2 “at the behest” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Although Utah voters this month approved the medical cannabis initiative by about 52 percent-48 percent, lawmakers are expected to meet in a December special session to overwrite the measure with a marijuana proposal acceptable to Prop 2 opponents, including the church.

Nevada marijuana tax collections top $8M in August, set record

Las Vegas Sun | Posted onNovember 17, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

New Nevada tax data shows marijuana revenues are continuing to grow and top records in the state. The Nevada Department of Taxation said Wednesday that marijuana tax revenues at the retail and wholesale levels generated $8.1 million in August.That's a record and $3.2 million higher than the same month in 2017.The previous record was $7.9 million in July.