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Oil and renewable industries locked in tug of war over Trump's ethanol plan

Washington Examiner | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Energy News

The deadline for comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to allow year-round sales of 15% ethanol fuel closes at midnight, but neither side in the fight — that is, the oil and renewable fuel industries — wants the plan to move ahead as drafted. E15 fuel is restricted for use during the summer months because of its high vapor pressure, which can exacerbate smog levels. But the summer months are the largest season for fuel sales, and a prime opportunity for corn farmers to sell more of their product into the gasoline supply.

CAFO foes fight bill to limit inspection power

Columbia Daily Tribune | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Opponents of a House bill that would limit authority to inspect animal farming operations say local control is necessary, while supporters say it would protect farmers from animal rights activists and other entities want to put them out of business. The bill allows the state departments of agriculture and natural resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “and any other federal or Missouri state agency with statutory or regulatory authority” to inspect operations with livestock, poultry, dairy, egg production or dog breeding.

UCalgary study finds vaccine protects against chronic wasting disease

University of Calgary | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Rural News

Cases of an infectious disease that kills deer, elk, and moose are on the rise in Alberta.   Similar to mad cow disease (BSE) in cattle, chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease of members of the deer family. Infected animals lose weight drastically (wasting), and suffer other symptoms like stumbling, lack of co-ordination, and drooling. CWD is fatal in all cases. There is no cure, treatment, or way to prevent it.But the study of a vaccine against CWD has made researchers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) hopeful.

Cutting off funding for animal research would prove deadly for humans

Houston Chronicle | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Rural News

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals just launched a new campaign aimed at an unlikely audience of one. The organization wants President Trump to slash funding for the National Institutes of Health. PETA claims the agency wastes money funding “experiments on animals that fail to produce cures or treatments for humans.” So it paid a mobile billboard to drive around the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort urging him to “Cut $15 Billion!” from the NIH budget.PETA’s publicity stunts may garner attention, but they’re utterly divorced from reality.

American Bankers Association Farm Bank Performance Report

Farm Policy News | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Rural News

Last week, the American Bankers Association (ABA) released its annual Farm Bank Performance Report.  Today’s update includes several highlights from the ABA update. The ABA report indicated that, “The U.S.

Partisan Bickering Over Puerto Rico Aid Strands Farmers Devastated by Extreme Weather

The New York Times | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture News

If Rob Cohen knew that aid was on its way from Washington, circumstances would be different on his devastated pecan farms, which once spanned five counties and 1,400 acres. He and his brother would not have purchased an excavator and a bulldozer, expensive equipment they most likely will not need again to harvest pecans.

U.S. Meat Companies Gain From Hog Culling in China

Wall Street Journal | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture News

A deadly disease sweeping China’s hog barns is reinvigorating the fortunes of U.S. meat companies. Outbreaks of African swine fever have led to the culling of millions of hogs in the world’s top pork market. That is shrinking global meat supplies—and boosting prices. The shift is a welcome one for U.S. meatpackers and farmers, whose hogs remain free of the disease, after a tough patch of low prices driven by record U.S. meat production and China’s tariffs on U.S. meat.




USDA: No plans to survey amount of grain lost in Midwest floods

Watt Ag Net (free registration required) | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture News

After the devastating floods that hit in March, the US Department of Agriculture will not collect information on harvested grain that was lost.

Farm-Equipment Sales Plunge Most Since 2016 in Trade-War Fallout

Bloomberg | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture News

Purchases of farm equipment plunged by an annualized $900 million in the first quarter, the sharpest drop in three years, as U.S. producers struggle with falling commodity prices and collateral damage from President Donald Trump’s trade wars. The Commerce Department cited the drop in agricultural machinery purchases as a contributor to the paltry 0.2 percent quarterly rise in overall business spending on equipment, also the weakest performance since 2016.

Unraveling the mystery of whether cows fart

AP News | Posted onMay 1, 2019 in Agriculture News

Airplanes don’t fart. But cows? Exasperated by merciless mocking from Republicans on this matter, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan lectured the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, on the floor of the chamber last month.“The Republican majority leader said that we want to end air travel and cow farts,” Stabenow said. “By the way, just for the record, cows don’t fart. They belch.”The Associated Press surveyed global experts on global warming on this question, as well as an author who wrote the definitive science book on gassy animals, which comes with funny pictures.