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USDA researchers seek help from union on relocation

Daily Yonder | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Federal News

Besides the plan to relocate the Economic Research Service outside Washington, D.C., USDA has also clamped down on the agency’s ability to disseminate its finding through academic journals, a union representative says.


Grassley warns Trump that tariffs on Mexico and Canada will kill his NAFTA replacement

Washington Examiner | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has warned President Trump that his U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement on trade can't pass Congress if he retains steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. "If these tariffs aren’t lifted, USMCA is dead. There is no appetite in Congress to debate USMCA with these tariffs in place," Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said


40 million Americans struggle to put food on the table

CBS News | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Food News

Every county in all 50 states is home to people who struggle with hunger. Children are more likely to experience hunger than adults.Rural counties account for 78 percent of the highest food insecurity rates.One study found SNAP benefits aren't enough to cover the cost of a meal in most places in the U.S.The U.S. economy is enjoying nearly a decade of expansion since the Great Recession. Yet food insecurity -- a lack of money or resources to secure enough to eat -- still grips almost one in eight Americans. That's roughly 40 million people.


Hawaii Moves Closer to Its Goal of Carbon Neutrality

Forbes | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

In March 2019, just two months after utility Hawaii Electric (HECO) submitted seven large solar plus battery storage projects for review, the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved six projects priced at $0.10/kWh or lower, making it the largest and lowest cost portfolio of renewables developed at one time in the state. The projects will contribute 247 MW of solar energy and 998 MWh of energy storage. The entire capacity of all six projects will be in 4-hour duration batteries.


EPA stalls biofuel waiver transparency plan after White House blowback: sources

Reuters | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Energy News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suspended work on its plan to publish the names of refineries securing exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House and parts of the oil industry, according to four sources familiar with the matter.


Program helping young farmers buy land

Recorrd Online | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Farmland protection goals in the Hudson Valley are shifting from keeping valuable agricultural land out of the hands of developers to putting it in the hands of a new generation of farmers.


Trump administration eyes more aid to farmers if necessary: White House aide

Reuters | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

The Trump administration is ready to provide more federal aid to farmers if required, a White House adviser said on Monday, after rolling out up to $12 billion since last year to offset agricultural losses from the trade dispute with China. “We have allocated $12 billion, some such, to farm assistance. And we stand ready to do more if necessary,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters.The U.S. Department of Agriculture had previously ruled out a new round of aid for 2019. As of March, more than $8 billion was paid out as part of last year’s program.


Farmers go organic in search of millennial dollars

Bloomberg | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture News

Organic farm product value doubles from 2012 to 2017: USDA Turn to organic comes as overall number of farms declines


Investors at Milken Focus on Food as the Public’s Eating Habits Change

Bloomberg | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Food News

Food is becoming an increasing focus for institutional investors and family offices, executives said Monday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.


America's renewable energy set to surpass coal for the first month ever

CNN | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Energy News

America's clean energy revolution is on the verge of a tipping point.The renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal during the month of April, according to a recent report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. That's never happened before.Coal, long the king of the power sector, has already been dethroned by natural gas, a much cleaner burning fossil fuel.


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