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US eases land restrictions meant to protect Sage Grouse in West

AP News | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Federal, Rural News

 The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species.


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NBC News | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Rural News

The Trump administration’s proposed rule change to food stamp work requirements could leave hundreds of thousands of the most financially vulnerable Americans without the monthly assistance that allows them to purchase food, a new study finds.But approximately 755,000 people across the country would not meet the new work requirements and lose eligibility in three months, according to the USDA’s own estimates, and various states would see different degrees of impact.


Study: Slower-growing birds would harm environment

Watt Ag Net | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Agriculture News

A new study estimates as many as 68 percent more slower-growing broiler birds would be needed to produce the same amount of breast meat as conventional birds.


Gene Editing helps blind mice see

Gene Engineering News | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Agriculture News

When a team of scientists delivered the gene for a retinal opsin into the genome of the ganglion cells of blind mice, the mice acquired vision that lasted a lifetime. “That this system works is really, really satisfying, in part because it’s also very simple,” noted Ehud Isacoff, PhD, professor of neurobiology at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and lead author on the paper. “Ironically, you could have done this 20 years ago.” 


Chinese Dairy Leader Purchases New Zealand’s Major Milk Supply Co-Operative

CX Live | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Agriculture News

Chinese dairy behemoth Yili announced on Monday that it will buy New Zealand’s second largest dairy co-operative, Westland, in cash for no more than NZ$246 million 


Jurors say Roundup contributed to a 2nd man's cancer. Now thousands more cases against Monsanto await

CNN | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Agriculture News

A federal jury dealt a huge blow to Monsanto, saying its popular weedkiller Roundup was a substantial factor in causing a California man's cancer.It's the second time in eight months that a jury has reached such a decision.But Edwin Hardeman's case against Monsanto is the first to be tried in federal court. And thousands of similar cases are still pending at the federal or state level.


Debt Figures Raise Questions of Whether Farm Debt is on Cruise Control

DTN | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in News

Iowa attorney Joe Peiffer spent the latter half of February helping some of his clients try to restructure debt and get operating loans for 2019 after these farmers found out their past lenders weren't going to continue financing them. "Right now, we're having many people find out shortly before they have to pay rent that they aren't going to have financing," said Peiffer, who works with farmers in Iowa and Illinois.Some of these farmers needed millions to pay rent. Peiffer said they didn't all get financing.


Agriculture, State Organizations Try to Help Farmers Affected by Flood, Blizzard

DTN | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

With ongoing flood recovery efforts in Nebraska, Iowa, and other affected states, there are a number of places farmers and ranchers can go for help or to donate.


Maine senator revives ‘red flag’ bill to allow confiscation of guns from people who pose threat

Press Herald | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

The measure sponsored by Democrat Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth would allow police and family members to seek a court order to temporarily disarm someone in mental health crisis


Delaware Senate approves raising age to buy tobacco products

Delaware on line | Posted onMarch 20, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

The state Senate has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21. A bill was approved on a 14-6 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House.The legislation would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.


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