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Debate on farmers’ high property taxes raises fear of tax revolt | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in News

“Ohio has some of the highest farmland taxes in the nation,” Finnarn told the group. “It didn’t use to be this way.”

The issue has the potential of pitting farmers against local governments and school districts, which have been enjoying increased property tax revenuws. And lawmakers are moving cautiously, fearful that the effort to reduce the CAUV could backfire.

Osteopaths’ study damning meat is ‘weak’: NAMI | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Food News

A review of large-scale studies involving more than 1.5 million people, calls out meat for its connection to a host of mortality causes, but is based on “weak correlation data,” said Betsy Booren, vice president of scientific affairs for the North American Meat Institute.

The review was conducted by physicians from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and is titled, "Is Meat Killing Us?"

AB-free has its limits, say avian pathologists | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

Antibiotic use in poultry should be minimized “through carefully planned and well-executed preventive practices,” but the birds’ health should not be sacrificed for a marketing message, said a position statement released by the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

Antibiotics should remain “a viable option when appropriate and necessary for the health and well-being of the animal, even when marketing and consumer preference dictate otherwise,” the organization summarized in a release.

California dairy argues manure not solid waste

Farm Futures | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

A Washington State U.S. District Court last year engaged in a faulty analysis of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act in determining cow manure is a regulated solid waste.

A new U.S. District Court case in California –Blackwood V Mary DeVries – is taking the correct approach that Congress and EPA have argued for.  The California dairy gets it right. “Congress did not intend for RCRA to regulate agricultural material such as manure produced by [a] dairy…”

Farm Bureau Says Labor Visa Backlogs Threaten 2016 Crops

Growing Produce | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Federal News

Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America’s food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation President ZIppy Duvall said recently.

Communications with state Farm Bureaus across the nation have revealed worker shortages in more than 20 states.

Farmers’ Market Friendly Laws Can Be Trumped By Health Boards

Growing Produce | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

It’s critical for vendors to know for themselves, or at the very least to know that the market manager knows, the state and local health department, as well as weights and measures, which will get the fresh folks, too, though I’m not sure about the “label font” regulations mentioned in the article, and business licensing regulations for each market where they plan to sell. It may differ from one community to the next, depending how much they want a farmers market. Some may require individual mercantile licenses while others offer an umbrella license for the market.

Livestock's Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction

American Feed Industry Association | Posted onApril 28, 2016 in Agriculture News

'Efficiencies in U.S. livestock agriculture have lowered this industry's combined greenhouse gas emissions to a historic low of about four percent of the nation's total,' said Mitloehner. 'Furthering recent advances will be paramount to satisfy a growing global demand for animal protein without depleting natural resources.' 'With Frank's expertise and years of research, I am glad he is able to provide sound, science-based information to consumers,' said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. According to the U.S.

How changing climate affects agriculture

Des Moines Register | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in News

Extreme weather can carry pathogens throughout the globe, introducing foreign microbes to new regions. This is not only a concern for our health as humans, but is also a threat to the food we eat. Due to climate change, the globe is experiencing an increase in average temperatures and extreme weather, which can put significant strain on our livestock production and threaten food security throughout the world.

States continue to pursue strategies to expand broadband access

CSG- Midwest | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in Rural News

In recent years, state government has taken a more active role in helping provide citizens with greater access to reliable broadband Internet. By using funding or incentives to encourage providers to expand broadband into underserved areas, policymakers hope to address equity issues involving access, as well as the role that access plays in terms of improved education, economic development and even public safety.

Cattle initiative to beef up New York Southern Tier agriculture

Cornell | Posted onApril 25, 2016 in Agriculture News

Recently awarded a $627,000 programming and research grant from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the $5 million Southern Tier Agriculture Industry Enhancement program, Cornell University plans to bring an emerging livestock market, known as “stocker” beef cattle, to the Southern Tier.