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Judge approves $380 million change to landmark 2010 Native American farm suit

Washington Post | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Federal News

A federal judge approved the creation of what is expected to become the largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers, redistributing $380 million left unclaimed in a landmark 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay for years of official discrimination.  Most of the $680 million in the 2010 settlement went unspent after far fewer people than expected brought successful claims. Instead of the 10,000 anticipated, only about 3,600 applicants were paid.


USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program announces shortage areas for 2016

High Plains Journal | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Federal News

Authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act, the VMLRP helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of debt incurred while pursuing their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in designated high-priority veterinary shortage situations.


Justices debate finality issues in Clean Water Act case

Scotus Blog | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in News

The government faced an uphill battle in Wednesday’s argument in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. As noted in my preview, the case involves the “jurisdictional determinations” (JDs) that the United States Army Corps of Engineers issues under the Clean Water Act.


Will states find other revenue streams to weather the fossil fuel bust?

High Country News | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Energy News

Gaping deficits wrought by tumbling fossil fuel prices are forcing states like Alaska and Wyoming to slash spending, but little is being done – at least for now – to address politically unpopular, longer-term questions about new revenue models that would lessen their dependence on boom-and-bust industries. 


Senate Barely Blocks Amendment to Block WOTUS Funding

Morning Consult | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Federal News

The Senate on Thursday voted 56-42 to fail an amendment to block funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water of the United States rule in the energy and water appropriations bill.


Phosphorus losses in surface runoff

Michigan State University Extension | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Agriculture News

Merrin Macrae, Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada opened a conference sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and Michigan State University Extension in East Lansing on March 4, A Matter of Balance: Systems Approaches to Managing the Great Lakes Landscapes.


Congress again refuses to fund USDA poultry grower rules

meatingplace.com | Posted onApril 21, 2016 in Federal News

The House Appropriations Committee narrowly approved an amendment to funding legislation that would stop USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) from finalizing rules pertaining to how the Packers and Stockyards Act is interpreted and enforced.


Coal's demise threatens Appalachian miners, companies as production moves West

USA Today | Posted onApril 21, 2016 in News

The crushing forces prevailing against the U.S. coal industry have triggered an unprecedented shakeout, sparking bankruptcies of the industry’s biggest players — such as last week's collapse of Peabody Energy — and battering jobs in Appalachia even as mines in the west weather the fallout.


DuPont Pioneer plans to market gene-edited CRISPR corn, USDA will not regulate it as a GMO

Genetic Literacy Project | Posted onApril 21, 2016 in News

DuPont Pioneer announced plans to market the first crop that uses a type of precise genetic modification called CRISPR-Cas9.  DuPont . . . wants to see the product — a hybrid type of corn — in farmers’ fields as early as 2021. The US Department of Agriculture has said that it will not subject the CRISPR corn to the same rules as traditional GMOs.


USDA officials diagnose rural America's needs

agri-pulse | Posted onApril 21, 2016 in Rural News

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack described the depth of poverty in rural America at a Farm Foundation Forum Monday, while at a separate meeting, Lisa Mensah, his top assistant on rural development, called for increased access to broadband as a way to give an economic boost to underserved communities.

Vilsack, speaking at the National Press Club, stressed the importance of targeting USDA resources in rural counties that are persistently impoverished - where at least 20 percent of the county's population has been living in poverty for the last 30 years or more.


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