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Why this genetically modified mushroom gets to skip USDA oversight

The Washington Post | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Food News

For the first time, a food product created using CRISPR – could be on track to be sold and eaten. And it might be the first of many.  Few scientific issues are more divisive than the regulation and labeling of genetically modified organisms, otherwise known as GMOs. A new fungus shows just how murky our understanding of the technology – and our policy surrounding it – remains. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that it will not regulate the cultivation and sale of a white-button mushroom created using CRISPR.

U.S. looking to expert panel to predict future GM products

Science | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Agriculture News

The U.S. government is hoping an expert panel will be the next best thing to a crystal ball in helping predict what the future of biotechnology holds. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) in Washington, D.C., yesterday held the first public meeting of a new committee of academic and industry researchers, tasked with forecasting what biotechnologies will emerge in the next 5 to 10 years, and what new types of risk they might pose to the environment or human health.

Goat Herd Helps Trump Lower Tax Bite

Wall Street Journal | Posted onApril 22, 2016 in Federal News

New Jersey farmland law lets presidential candidate save tens of thousands in property taxes on golf courses

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 | 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.