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  • The Unlikeliest Winner [Johnny Tacherra competitive in CA-16 may have won]

    11/12/2014 5:00:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    ".....As of publication time, Republican Johnny Tacherra is leading longtime Democratic lawmaker Jim Costa in the yet-to-be-decided race for the Golden State’s 16th congressional district. With provisional ballots still to be counted, and with a 700-plus-vote cushion, Tacherra is confident that he will survive. He and his wife are heading to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take part in freshmen-member orientation on Capitol Hill....... ....The New York Times put the race on its “Democrats Are Expected to Win Easily” list, and the Cook Political Report labeled the seat as “Solid Democrat,” or uncompetitive. Republican national committees and organizations stayed out...
  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Cowboy Express gallops into Utah to protest federal land managers ( BLM )

    10/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 2 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    A group of horseback riders drew stares, honks and a few handshakes and high-fives along Redwood Road Thursday, hooves clattering on pavement in a protest ride of federal land management policies. The Utah trek of the Grass March Cowboy Express hit Salt Lake City and continued east up Parleys Canyon, with Tooele County Commission Chairman Bruce Clegg and Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, riding in tandem. With them they carried a mail pouch sporting a letter demanding the resignation of a BLM field office manager who ordered grazing reductions in Battle Mountain, Nevada, and petitions from rural Utah counties...
  • Utah congressmen cry foul over yellow-billed cuckoo protections ( UN Agenda 21 )

    10/08/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Two Utah congressmen say the public needs more time to weigh in on a "sweeping" proposal to designate more than a half-million acres as critical habitat for the Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are among 17 members of Congress who urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to extend the comment period on the designation beyond Oct. 14. "While we oppose this listing proposal, we find it completely unacceptable that the (agency) has proposed only 60 days of public comment with no public hearings, effectively shutting out meaningful comment on a sweeping critical...
  • (Kansas) AG Schmidt: Fight over Lesser Prairie Chicken to be settled in Tulsa ( OK )

    09/24/2014 7:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    KSN TV ^ | September 23, 2014
    Kansas – A federal judge has decided a lawsuit challenging increased federal regulation of economic activity and land use in the area that is habitat for the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be litigated in Oklahoma and not transferred to Washington, D.C., Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The decision yesterday by U.S. District Judge James H. Payne is the second time in the last two months that the federal judiciary has rejected an attempt by the federal government to move the litigation from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. “This is good news for Kansas,” Schmidt said. “It means our case...
  • New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on agriculture (w/video)

    09/18/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | Angela Hart
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic groundwater legislation Tuesday, imposing new rules in the Golden State that could limit how much water commercial and residential users are allowed to pump from underground aquifers — a move decades in the works, spurred this year by California’s drought. The new laws, which take effect in January, will require local government officials to ensure use of groundwater basins is sustainable, protecting underground reserves and averting other environmental damage. The regulations could have a ripple effect on thousands of farmers and ranchers across the North Coast.
  • Leftist Lawmakers and Enviro-Extremists Created CA Water Crisis

    09/17/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 30, 2014 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    On Friday, the California State Assembly outdid itself. You can always count on the leftist leaders of what is supposed to be the “people’s house” never lets a crisis go to waste. With the passage of AB 1739 (Dickinson-D), SB 1168 (Pavley-D), and SB 1319 (Pavley-D), 100 years of history was reversed. The authors painted a grim picture of California’s groundwater future. Most of what they said is true. The only problem they didn’t bother to tell you two key truths: 1.It was these same so-called leaders who give up our seat—the property owner and the farmer’s place at the...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

    08/20/2014 8:03:59 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 27 replies
    The Ass. Press ^ | 20AUG2014 | Rik Stevens
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/19/2014 1:57:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef...
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • Northeastern Nevada ranchers hit with grazing closures ( BLM )

    07/24/2014 12:27:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | ‎7‎/‎24‎/‎2014‎ | Dylan Woolf Harris
    BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Once again ranchers who run cattle on the Argenta Allotment in Lander County were told Wednesday that due to drought a number of areas would be closed to livestock. Pete and Lynn Tomera were told by the Bureau of Land Management they had a week to remove cattle from nine segments of the allotment ... We have 7 days to ride the entire mountain and have the cattle off. We are right in the middle of haying and are forced to drop everything and begin gathering cattle,” the Tomeras wrote. “We are forced to put the cattle...
  • Big Corporations Have An OVERWHELMING Amount Of Power Over Our Food Supply

    07/20/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 182 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way. Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies. If you do not like how our food is produced or you don't believe that it is healthy enough, it isn't very hard to figure out who is to blame. These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for...
  • Pressure builds against EPA water proposal

    07/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    California Farm Bureau Federation ^ | June 18, 2014 | Kate Campbell
    Proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act have roiled farmers across the nation and created an uproar among many other water users—including cities and counties with parks and recreation areas, golf courses and local water agencies. If adopted, the proposed rule changes would expand the definition of "waters of the United States" to potentially allow federal agencies to regulate virtually every area of ground in the nation that gets wet or has flow during rainfall. California Farm Bureau Federation leaders were in Washington, D.C., in mid-May to explain to lawmakers face to face the damage the proposed changes could...
  • WATER POLICY: EPA chief reaches out to farmers on muddled rule proposal

    07/10/2014 8:43:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    E&E ^ | July 9, 2014 | Annie Snider
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Obama administration's attempt to assuage farmers' and ranchers' fears about a major Clean Water Act proposal has drawn flak from all corners, forcing the U.S. EPA administrator herself to concede yesterday that there are "legitimate concerns" with the effort. At issue is the interpretive rule for agriculture that the Obama administration released in March in tandem with a major proposal to increase the number of streams and wetlands that receive automatic Clean Water Act protection following years of regulatory uncertainty. Administrator Gina McCarthy said on a call with reporters yesterday that the interpretive rule was intended...
  • USDA v. Horne [SCOTUS rules 9-0 against Obama seizing food from farmers]

    07/07/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 55 replies
    Reason ^ | July 18, 2013 | Zach Weissmueller
    "They want us to pay for our own raisins that we grew," says Raisin Valley Farms owner Marvin Horne. "We have to buy them back!" This is but one absurdity that Marvin and his wife Laura have faced during their decade-long legal battle with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Every year, the Hornes plant seeds, tie vines, harvest fruit, and place grapes in paper trays to create sun-dried raisins. And every year, the federal government prevents them from bringing their full harvest to market. It's called an agriculture marketing order. Depression-era regulations meant to stabilize crop prices endanger...
  • USDA Solicits Bids for Machine Guns

    05/26/2014 10:31:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Semmens
    The United States Department of Agriculture has sent out a request for arms manufacturers to offer bids on supplying the agency with an unspecified number of machine guns. Secretary Thomas Vilsack beat back incredulous inquiries skeptical of the Department’s need for this high-powered weaponry. “It goes without saying that this country’s rural population has its own armory of personally owned firearms,” Vilsack said. “Paired with their unwelcome notions of independence and self-reliance we have the makings of effective disdain for and disobedience toward the regulations, taxes, and property seizures the we may be attempting to enforce. To be blunt, the...
  • MILLIONAIRES NEED YOUR HELP!... Ann Coulter

    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • “Congress Is No Place” for Farmers Statement Defended

    03/30/2014 1:39:03 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 45 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2014 | John Semmens
    Iowa Democratic Senatorial candidate, Representative Bruce Braley’s assertion that Congress is no place for a farmer has not gone over well among the state’s rural population. “I’m not saying that farmers don’t have a meaningful role to play in our society,” Braley said in his own defense. “Obviously, someone has to grow the crops and raise the livestock to feed this nation. What I’m saying is that farmers lack the skill necessary to make our laws.” The persons with the necessary skills, according to Braley, are lawyers. “The job of Congress is to enact laws,” Braley observed. “Lawyers are trained...
  • Agenda 21 Takeover in Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    03/27/2014 6:34:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | March 26, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    Agenda 21 is alive and well in Klamath County, Oregon. Klamath Basin farmers are feeling the wrath of the Klamath Tribes in collusion with the Federal and Oregon state governments. Water is now basically off limits to ranchers unless they get approval from the tribes, and approvals are few and far between. ... The success of this plan spells disaster for not only the Klamath Basin family farmers, but for all family farmers, as it will be a precedent. Without locally grown produce and animal feed, we will be even more dependent on imported food at a much higher price....
  • Braley’s ‘farmer from Iowa’ remarks could spell election trouble for party

    03/27/2014 1:01:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa Democrats are worried Rep. Bruce Braley’s remark that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” could come back to haunt him. Braley’s Senate campaign is in damage control mode following the release of a video in which the Democrat tells Texas trial lawyers at a fundraiser that he’s better equipped to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee than his state’s senior senator. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years, in...
  • Rep Bruce Braley [D-Iowa] Apologizes to Grassley for ‘Farmer’ Slight

    03/26/2014 2:24:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group. Speaking at a fundraiser, Braley, who is running for the Hawkeye State’s open Senate seat, said the Senate could end up with “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” before identifying that person as Grassley. “I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” Braley said in a statement released a couple of hours after the video...
  • New tax law to stop “cash accounting,” cost farmers big money

    03/04/2014 6:46:53 AM PST · by Sharkfish · 21 replies
    Southeast Farm Press ^ | February 26, 2014 | American Farm Bureau Federation
    Agricultural producers forced to switch from cash-basis to accrual-basis accounting under new laws would have to pay out as much as $4.84 billion in taxes during the next four years. Proposed changes to the tax code restricting the use of cash accounting by agricultural operations would reduce agriculture’s access to capital by as much as $12.1 billion over the next four years, according to Kennedy and Coe, LLC and Farmers for Tax Fairness. The study prepared by the independent research firm, Informa Economics, revealed that U.S. agricultural producers forced to switch from cash-basis to accrual-basis accounting under new laws would...
  • Wildlife service suspends plan to allow killing of gray wolves

    02/09/2014 1:56:19 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2014
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has backed off plans to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. ... The government plan would have allowed gray wolves in the lower 48 United States to be hunted or killed. They have been under federal protection since 1967. The Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, retains protection.
  • Raw Milk Could Be Legal in Maryland… Again

    01/22/2014 5:04:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 22, 2014 | Joshua Cook
    A proposed Maryland bill would restore the right of the states’ citizens to participate in cow shares, or cow boarding, to obtain raw milk. Maryland citizens lost the right to raw milk via cow shares in 2006, when the appointed director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene redefined the word “sale” to include agistments. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for January 28 at 1:00pm at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. Cow shares or cow boarding refers to a practice in which people buy shares in individual animals for a portion of the milk...
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • Nevada sage grouse critic calls feds closed-minded

    12/17/2013 8:19:03 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | December 16. 2013
    Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber suggested the BLM and U.S. Forest Service are seeking comment on a regional sage-grouse conservation plan only to placate critics of the push to protect the greater sage grouse, which is found in 11 Western states, including Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Oregon. Ranchers, miners, energy developers and state officials fear restrictions on the use of public lands in sage grouse habitat would have deep economic consequences in the rural West. Former Republican Assemblyman John Carpenter said he believes the government is determined to list the chicken-sized game bird as part of a bigger strategy to...
  • Oregon Farmers May Go to Prison for Raw Milk Ads

    11/22/2013 9:11:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 22, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    There is no free speech when it comes to advertising raw milk products in Oregon. In fact, those who violate this law may face possible jail time. Most states in the country have significant restrictions on the sale of raw milk, and at first glance, Oregon's seem like some of the less extreme ones.  Sales are outright illegal in 20 states, and though Oregon does not allow the retail sale of raw milk, it does allow small organic dairies – with three cows or fewer, only two of which can be lactating at any given time – to sell their product...
  • Friction Over Wolf Reintroduction Spills Into Colorado ( and NM )

    11/21/2013 11:48:46 AM PST · by george76 · 107 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | November 21, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    Wildlife lovers clamoring to bring gray wolves to Colorado may want to pay attention to those wooden outhouse-style structures in rural Catron County, New Mexico. They’re called “kid cages,” and they’re built to protect children waiting at school bus stops–from wolves. “The wolf issue is an example, especially with the kid cages, about how you’re putting the interest of wildlife over the interests of human beings,” said filmmaker David Spady. “Every American should be concerned about seeing kids in cages and wolves out wandering around freely.” Spady’s remarks came during a Tuesday screening of his film, “Wolves in Government Clothing,”...
  • Farmer Style (video parody of "Gangnam Style")

    09/25/2013 6:27:31 AM PDT · by Maceman · 15 replies
    I think this video will appeal to a lot of Freepers. You don't need to have a Facebook account to open the link. Farmer Style
  • Looking at guns in Mexico and at some farmers that take law into their own hands

    09/23/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/23/13 | hedgeless_horseman
    "My daughter was raped and abducted," said a Mexican farmer. President Obama says, "What's different in America is it's easy to get your hands on a gun." First, from Aljazeera The village warriors of Guerrero AYUTLA DE LOS LIBRES, Mexico -- There on the cement town plaza, villagers led the two presumed extortionists over to government police. A band of farmers with old hunting rifles and machetes made sure the pair didn't get away Three hundred eyes watched as the detainees were led to a truck. A wind was picking up and the official overseeing the handover wanted to leave...
  • USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

    09/23/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been rejected for export sale because of the presence of a genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to herbicide. The event triggered a wave of concern from consumer and agricultural groups who have fought the government for nearly a decade to keep...
  • Scientists help farmers create greener dairies

    09/09/2013 7:30:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 9/9/13 | m.l. Johnson - Associated Press
    PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) -- Cows stand patiently in a tent-like chamber at a research farm in western Wisconsin, waiting for their breath to be tested. Outside, corrals have been set up with equipment to measure gas wafting from the ground. A nearby corn field contains tools that allow researchers to assess the effects of manure spread as fertilizer. Scientists based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started a slew of studies to determine how dairy farms can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They will look at what animals eat, how their waste is handled and the effects on...
  • EO 13650 (Is Obama fixing to ban Fertilizer and Tannerite?)

    08/14/2013 9:43:35 PM PDT · by mylife · 46 replies
    Obama ^ | 8/1/13 | The Preezzy of the United Steezzey
    Obama is slipping it past the People and the Congress again with Executive orders that the MSM refuses to report.
  • Shropshire farmers find new ways to combat rural crime ( UK )

    08/05/2013 12:00:42 PM PDT · by cutty · 24 replies
    Shropshire Star ^ | August 5, 2013 | Sean Wozencroft
    Farmers are fighting back against criminals. Spitting llamas, loudspeakers and security paint are just some of the ways Shropshire farmers are trying to combat rural crime. Countryside theft across Shropshire is costing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year – and it is farmers who are often the victims. New figures revealed today show that the cost of crime in rural areas has hit nearly £700,000 a year in the county. Farms with their secluded locations and expensive machinery are prime targets for thieves. And though there are signs that Farmwatch schemes are helping to address the problem, thefts of...
  • Super: Feds paying millions in subsidies to farmers no longer among the living

    07/29/2013 7:55:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    I’m starting to get the sinking feeling that — for all of the recent ado about finally decoupling the usually omnibus farm bill into the two separate, more accessible issues of food stamps and agriculture ‘policy’ — what we’re might end up with is some kind of last-minute stopgap extension of the current farm bill, which is supposed to expire at the end of September.Congress still has plenty to duke out on both issues; the Democrats are refusing to stand for any substantive cuts to the national food-stamp program (the enrollment for which has grown by 70 percent since 2008,...
  • Farmers falling back on chemical pesticides as GMO seeds falter

    07/10/2013 6:55:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    RT ^ | July 10, 2013
    Though biotech companies like Monsanto spent many millions creating and inserting genes that would make corn plants poisonous to the corn rootworm but harmless to other creatures, the pest has begun to develop an immunity. Though the use of chemical pesticides has always been a source of contention, the advent of corn hybrid plants by biotech companies like Monsanto allowed farmers to cut back on their use. These new hybrids had been specifically designed using genes from a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which provided a formidable defense against corn rootworm. Throughout parts of the midwest, however, farmers are now...
  • Franken says Senate immigration bill would benefit Minnesota businesses

    07/03/2013 5:41:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-3-13 | dong belden
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken stopped by the state Capitol on Monday to tout the benefits of the Senate's recently passed immigration bill for Minnesota and the nation. The measure would bolster the employment pool for Minnesota's agricultural industry, particularly dairy farming, as well as for high-tech and medical firms, Franken said. The bill includes new border security measures and a 13-year path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
  • Feds to Protect “Endangered” Mouse ( and kill NM, AZ & CO farmers/ranchers/oil/gas )

    06/27/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 25, 2013
    American taxpayers will be tremendously relieved to know that the U.S. government is hard at work trying to get official endangered status for ... the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and the feds want to designate it a critical habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law signed by President Richard Nixon to protect species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The federal government’s list of more than 1,300 threatened or endangered species ... The Service is proposing to designate around 14,561 acres of critical habitat along streams...
  • WATER War continuing in Klamath Valley, OREGON

    06/27/2013 11:50:31 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 13 replies
    SaveOurKlamathCountyWater ^ | 6/27/13 | Jenny Newman
    Huge Rally to Save Our Klamath County Water Klamath Falls, OR. More than 100 cattle trucks and related haulers will drive the streets of Klamath Falls on Monday July 1st at 10:00 AM at the Klamath County Court House. We will be meeting at the fairgrounds at 9am. This rally is in support of the ranchers and farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin who have been deprived of their adjudicated water rights. Ranchers and farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin have been notified to cease all diversions for irrigating their pastures and crops, leaving cattle without feed for late summer...
  • Rogue EPA Staff Spies On U.S. Farmers, Releases Data

    06/12/2013 7:02:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Privacy: As long as we're talking about leaks that should be prosecuted, let's consider the leaking by the Environmental Protection Agency of the personal data about farmers to their environmentalist opponents. We saw such leaking of data compiled on one group to its political opponents in the IRS scandal. In that case, the IRS leaked the 2008 confidential financial documents of the National Organization for Marriage to the rival Human Rights Campaign. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the HRC. Solmonese also was a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. Now a...
  • Another Scandal? - New EPA Leak Farmers' Info Given To Environmental Groups - Ma

    06/10/2013 10:26:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/10/13 | Mass Tea Party, FOX, Megan Kelly
    80,000 US Farmers Are Latest Victims Of Out Of Control Agencies- Personal Info Leak to Left wing Environmental Groups Wake Up America!!! Another Scandal? - New EPA Leak Farmers' Info Given To Environmental Groups - Michelle Malkin Megyn Kelly
  • "Say-on-pay: A farm bill issue" from Politico

    06/06/2013 5:14:17 PM PDT · by reformed_democrat
    Politico ^ | 6-4-2013 | David Rogers
    "As shareholders in those associations[banks and co-ops that make up the Farm Credit System], farmers and ranchers would be guaranteed a “say-on-pay” vote if compensation for the top corporate officers jumped by 15 percent or more in a single year."
  • NYTIMES CONFIRMS: MASSIVE FRAUD AT USDA IN PIGFORD; BREITBART VINDICATED

    04/26/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Big Government ^ | 26 Apr 2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The New York Times reported Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has likely enabled massive fraud in the Pigford series of legal settlements, in which black, Hispanic, female and Native American farmers have claimed to be victims of past discrimination. The cost of the settlements, which could exceed $4.4 billion, is the result of a process that "became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees," the Times notes. Among those influential members of Congress was then-Senator Barack Obama, who...
  • Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Discrimination (NY Times on Pigford Fraud)

    04/26/2013 4:46:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Sharon LaFraniere
    In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp. Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm. But a succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed their pleas....
  • Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Bias

    04/25/2013 11:22:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2013 | By SHARON LaFRANIERE
    In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp. Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm. But a succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed their pleas....
  • EPA Blames Sequester for Release of Personal Info on Farmers

    04/16/2013 9:02:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Apr 2013 | John Semmens
    Under criticism for handing over personal data on farmers and ranchers to environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency defended its actions as “cost-effective under current budget constraints.” “Normally, we’d harry these despoilers of the environment ourselves,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting EPA Administrator. “But with the budget being hemmed in by the sequester we have to seek other ways of achieving our objectives. We saw arming these environmental groups with potentially useful information as a way of multiplying or leveraging our forces. We thought we’d get more bang for the buck, so to speak.” if you missed any of this week's...
  • Why does America regulate the trade in raisins?

    04/15/2013 7:27:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 14, 2013 | The Economist Explains
    THE Supreme Court has frequently handed down judgments that have shaken America to its core. Now, it has turned its attention to the raisin. A group of farmers has brought a complaint about the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, under which the government confiscates part of the annual national raisin crop. The Court is considering whether the arrangement is constitutional. But why is a country that generally celebrates red-blooded capitalism regulating the raisin trade in the first place?Since the 1940s a government agency called the Raisin Administrative Committee has confiscated a portion of the annual raisin crop: 47% in 2003 and...
  • USFS plans forums next week on ski resorts, water ( Stealing water rights )

    04/15/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | 04/11/2013
    Dozens of resorts with permits to operate on national forests have bought or acquired rights to use nearby bodies of water for snowmaking. The Forest Service had adopted a clause that said those resorts had to transfer their water rights to the federal government ... After the National Ski Areas Association sued, a judge ruled last year that the agency violated procedure in not seeking public comment before adopting the clause. The agency now plans open houses April 16 in Lakewood, Colo., on April 17 in Salt Lake City, and April 18 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., to get input.