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  • Trumpís deportation vow spurs California farmers into action

    01/05/2017 12:03:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | January 4, 2017 | The Associated Press
    FRESNO ó Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new equipment, cutting the number of workers heíll need starting with the next harvest. Herman, who grows figs, persimmons and almonds in the nationís most productive farming state, said Trumpís comments pushed him to make the purchase, larger than he would have otherwise. ďNo doubt about it,Ē Herman said. ďI probably wouldnít have spent as much or bought as much machinery as I did.Ē(continued)
  • Waste From California Dairy Farms Presents Climate Change Challenge

    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) ó Got milk? Chances are itís from California. There are more dairy cows in the Golden State than anywhere else in the country. But all that milk and cheese comes at a cost to the planet. Tom Frantz keeps a running count. He says dairy farms have taken over his farming community in the San Joaquin Valley. ďThere are ten of them within what I call smelling distance of my home,Ē he said, noting theyíve moved in in just the last 10 years.
  • Is this where Farmers are getting their Fertilizers?

    11/07/2016 7:46:09 AM PST · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/7/2016 | J Hines
    With all this buzz about technology leading the way in helping make lives better in our society like the one in Africa. Bill Gates donated money to create a technology that can turn poop into water. But, what about for the farmers in the U.S., some farmers rely on selling fertilizers, its their livelihood. Its a good thing DIY is still the tech that most farmers know. Fertilizing your food plot has never been easier or more economical. Itís still a do-it-yourself world! Taking care of your business has never had more meaning than in this fun and, well, disgusting...
  • EPA Expands Power by Calling Plowed Farm Fields 'Mini Mountain Ranges'

    10/20/2016 12:36:29 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 31 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2016 | Tom Gantert
    When farmers plow their land, it produces grooves called "furrows," bordered by small ridges of dirt. But in pursuit of new regulatory powers, federal agencies refer to the little dirt mounds by another term: ďmini mountain ranges.Ē That seemingly absurd distinction is being used to impose more federal control over private land use decisions made by U.S. farmers. That was the claim described in a U.S. Senate committee report released Sept. 20. The committee reviewed the powers held by the nationís two largest environmental regulation agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, and a proposed...
  • What Happened When New Zealand Got Rid of Government Subsidies for Farmers

    09/28/2016 9:02:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    In 2006, Chris Hausman, a fourth-generation Midwestern farmer long accustomed to depending on government support for survival, traveled across the world to witness a revolution in agriculture. It had been more than 20 years since a left-leaning government in New Zealand chose to eliminate government subsidies for farmers, and Hausman was surprised at what had transpired since. ďI will tell you it was a shock to their agricultural system,Ē says Hausman, 58, who farms corn and soybeans on a 1,500-acre plot 150 miles south of Chicago. ďYou had a system dictated by government programs that was thrown out the window...
  • Yellow-billed cuckoos seen two times in Delta County ( Colorado - UN Agenda 21 )

    09/26/2016 8:20:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 25, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    There were two sightings of Western yellow-billed cuckoos this year, both in Delta County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The secretive birds are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering designating parts of western Colorado as critical habitat for the migratory bird, including lands along the Colorado River through Mesa County. Sightings ó which frequently involve people hearing the cuckooís distinctive ďklak-klakĒ sound ó have been recorded in Mesa and Delta counties in previous years. ... ďWe have changed the initial map due to comments from the proposed...
  • Rock Star Welcome for Donald Trump in Iowa: Hillary Clinton ĎWill Sell You Out"

    08/27/2016 4:49:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    DES MOINES, Iowa ó Donald Trump received a rockstar welcome from roughly two-thousand people when he took the stage as ďIím Proud to Be an AmericanĒ played from the speakers at Sen. Joni Ernstís second annual Roast and Ride in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday. ďThe GOP is offering voters a chance to break up the corrupt establishment and create a new American future,Ē the Republican nominee stated. ďThis chance will never come again.Ē ďOur campaign is about protecting those who have no power,Ē he added. ďThese are the people that work hard, but donít have a voice.Ē The outsider...
  • Warning of 'war' on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa

    08/27/2016 7:18:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2016 8:05 PM EDT | Scott Bauer and Ken Thomas
    Donald Trump warned Saturday of a ďwar on the American farmer,Ē telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton ďwants to shut down family farmsĒ and implement anti-agriculture policies. Trumpís speech at the annual ďRoast and RideĒ fundraiser for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst came just hours after Clinton received her first national security briefing as the Democratic presidential nominee. [Ö] ďHillary Clinton wants to shut down family farms just like she wants to shut down the mines and the steelworkers,Ē he said in front of a wall of straw bales at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ďShe will do this...
  • How Gay Activists Will Respond to a Major Scientific Report That Refutes Their Talking Points

    08/24/2016 11:36:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Michael Brown
    The internet has been abuzz with headlines declaring, ¬ďAlmost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong,¬Ē and ¬ďJohns Hopkins Shrinks Warn Against Kids Going Transgender.¬ĒAs reported by Ryan T. Anderson on Monday, ¬ďA major new report, published today in the journal The New Atlantis, challenges the leading narratives that the media has pushed regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.¬ĒHow significant was this report?¬ďCo-authored by two of the nation¬ís leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, painstakingly documenting what scientific...
  • Battle lines of church and state: Fired over same-sex marriage, educator sues Paramus Catholic

    08/23/2016 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 08.18.16 | ALLISON PRIES
    By 2015, she had risen through the ranks at Paramus Catholic High School, her alma mater, to dean of guidance in just four years, and she had been serving as head coach of the elite Lady Paladins basketball team since the retirement of the longtime coach, Al Roth, the year before.But in January, she lost it all.† Drumgoole, of Bogota, says the school fired her from both of her jobs after administrators learned that she was married to a woman.† Now, she has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Hackensack alleging that Paramus Catholic; its president, James P. Vail;...
  • Regulators Vow Revenge Against States for Opposing Federal Land Grab

    07/24/2016 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | July 20, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    On Tuesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally announced the removal of the lesser prairie chicken from the endangered species protection list. They did not take this step voluntarily; FWS lost a court case last year which ordered the agency to remove the bird from the list. However, even as they complied with the courtís order, the FWS issued a threat that the agencyís land grab under the guise of conservation was not over. In the words of Director Dan Ashe, ďResponding to this court ruling by removing the bird from the Federal List does not mean we are...
  • Federal Government Says a Farmer Broke the Law by Plowing His Land

    07/03/2016 7:36:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | June 29, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Earlier this month a federal court in California ruled that a farmer plowing his land without a permit from the federal government is breaking the law. In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers, without any notice or due process, ordered the owners of Duarte Nursery to cease use of their land for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). The violation: plowing. The California court agreed with the federal governmentís action, despite the fact the CWA specifically exempts normal agricultural activities like plowing from regulation. This overreaching assertion of federal power is not an isolated incident. For decades, the EPA...
  • Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight

    05/09/2016 9:25:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    WND ^ | 5/9/2016 | Bob Unruh
    $16 million in fines dropped, threats canceled. A Wyoming rancher threatened by the Environmental Agency with $16 million fines for getting a state permit and building a stock pond on his ranch has reached a settlement that will have the fines go away and heíll keep his stock pond. WND reported in 2015 on a lawsuit filed on behalf of Fort Bridger, Wyoming, rancher Andy Johnson by officialsl with the Pacific Legal Foundation seeking to vindicate his property rights. The lawsuit explained federal law clearly exempts stock ponds from the rules of the EPA, which had filed a compliance order...
  • Cartoonist Fired After Advertiser Complaints, Cartoons Now Get A Far Larger Audience

    05/04/2016 11:38:49 AM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | May 4, 2016 | Rich Johnston
    This is a cartoon by¬†Rick Friday¬† of¬†Farm News, a weekly magazine¬†published byThe Fort Dodge Messenger, And as a result, Rick is no longer ‚Äúof Farm News‚ÄĚ. He posted on Facebook, I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of It‚Äôs Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1090 published cartoons to over 24,000...
  • Why Canít California Farmers Get the Water They Need?

    05/01/2016 5:30:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/01/16 | Katy Grimes
    Who is blocking 29 million in Los Angeles from getting water, and why Despite some nice rainfall this year, the more than two dozen State Water Contractors throughout the state have been told to expect 45 percent water allocations. A recent Daily Democrat article said 100 percent water supply is probably not even possible for many areas, and estimated that 60-70 percent of water supplies through the two state aqueducts could be as good as it gets. Special: Christie Brinkley's New Wrinkle Remover! 15 Years Younger For $5 While recent rain has helped greatly, state water officials say itís not...
  • Some Farmers Oppose Referendum on High-Speed Rail ( California )

    03/13/2016 7:20:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 13 Mar 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    most Californians now believe that the ďHigh-Speed Rail AuthorityĒ has become a boondoggle. The rail authority has not issued about $9.95 billion in municipal bonds approved by voters as Proposition_1A in 2008. All of the bullet train start-up cost so far has been funded from $3.2 billion in federal transportation and stimulus funds, plus $750 million in cap-and-trade money from the stateís greenhouse gas-reduction program Sensing an opportunity to pass an initiative to repurpose the bonds, Republican State Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas and the Republican State Board of Equalization member George Runner formed the ďCalifornia Water AllianceĒ and...
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Farmers organizing rally to show Trump support

    02/04/2016 9:17:30 AM PST · by AuntB · 28 replies
    Albany Herald ^ | Feb. 2,2016 | Brad McEwen
    Sasser Trump rally will feature Bo Henry performance SASSER -- In an effort to champion the presidential candidate they feel has their best interests at heart, several farmers from across the Southeast are organizing a rally Thursday in downtown Sasser to show their support for Donald Trump. The rally is set on Sasser's Main Street and will also feature a special performance of their recently penned single, "Vote for Trump," by Albany musicians Bo Henry and Jodi Mann. Chad Etheridge, Trump campaign's farm team chair and one of the rally organizers, said nearly 200 farmers of have lent their support...
  • NY Court: Farmers to Be Re-Educated, Pay Fines for Not Hosting Homosexual Wedding

    01/26/2016 3:49:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/26/16 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) ‚Äď A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state‚Äôs human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory. On Jan. 14, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the agency‚Äôs order and the fines, a decision the Alliance Defending Freedom - which represented Robert and Cynthia Gifford - said amounted to confirming, ‚Äúthat the government can punish the Giffords for declining to coordinate a ceremony that conflicts with...
  • Coulter: Liberal and Conservative Media Unite Against Trump

    01/22/2016 4:27:29 AM PST · by xzins · 47 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1.21.2016 | Ann Coulter
    We have never had total war against a candidate like we're seeing with Donald Trump. All elements of national media are uniting to stop him. Look for a fake Trump scandal to break -- probably from a conservative news outlet -- right before the Iowa caucus. A few months ago, an alleged Trump quote from a 1998 People magazine interview was circulating on the Internet, claiming Trump said that if he ever ran for president, he'd run as a Republican because Republican voters are "the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could...
  • U.S., Iowa farmers favor Trump in Farm Futures poll

    01/18/2016 6:25:03 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 14 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | 01/18/2016 | Bryce Knorr
    Outspoken celebrity businessman Donald Trump likes to talk, and so far farmers appear to be listening. The nationwide frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination also topped the latest Farm Futures Magazine surveys among farmers in both the U.S. and Iowa. Farm Futures surveyed farmers from Dec. 7 to Jan. 4. That included more than 400 from Iowa, where 37% of those favoring a Republican said they would vote for Trump "if the election were held today." Trump‚Äės support among GOP farmers was even stronger at 39% from farmers outside Iowa, which holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses Feb. 1.
  • Here Are Five Reasons You Should Side With The Hammond Family

    01/06/2016 1:30:04 PM PST · by Twotone · 21 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | Jan. 6, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    You should have sympathy for the Hammond family. You should have sympathy for Steven and Dwight Hammond because they are, by all accounts, decent and generous community members attempting to survive as ranchers in the face of a massive federal bureaucracy violating their rights. Here's everything you need to know about the Hammond family and why they're now at the center of a national firestorm.
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLMís Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • European farmers block Brussels streets in huge tractor protest

    09/07/2015 9:09:56 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-7-15 | Lachlan Carmichael
    Belgian police on Monday fired water cannon at European farmers who lobbed hay and fireworks as they demanded EU intervention against plunging food prices partly blamed on a Russian embargo. The European Commission said it would release 500 million euros ($557 million) in emergency funds to help ease the pressure on farmers, as agriculture ministers held crisis talks on the situation. The protest involved what organisers said was up to 6,000 farmers, who blocked streets in Brussels with hundreds of tractors, who targeted the heavily-guarded European Union headquarters where the talks took place. Police briefly fired water cannon at protesters...
  • Judge won't halt water rule nationwide

    09/05/2015 9:47:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2015 | Devin Henry
    A federal judge on Friday declined to halt the Obama administration's controversial water rule nationwide, rebuffing the request of 13 states that are battling with the Environmental Protection Agency.Judge Ralph Erickson of the North Dakota U.S. District Court ruled that there are ďsignificant prudential reasons to limit the scopeĒ of the injunction he already gave the 13 states last week. Other courts have denied injunctions, he said, and some states want to implement the ďWaters of the United StatesĒ rule. ďOn the one hand, there is a desirability for uniformity regarding a national rule with national application,Ē Erickson wrote. ďOn...
  • In Trashing Land, The EPA Has Nothing On The Forest Service

    09/03/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2015 | William Perry Pendley
    Americans now comprehend fully the disdain the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for truth-telling, the rights of others, and the environment. Forget the last six spiteful years; the Colorado mine disaster suffices. The EPAís wanton malfeasance ó experts warned of a catastrophic blowout ó unleashed three million gallons of orange arsenic-, cadmium-, and lead-laden wastewater into an Animas River tributary trashing public, private, and tribal lands and waters in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Navajo Nation. Even so, the EPA has nothing on the U.S. Forest Service. In documents filed days ago in a federal district court in Arkansas,...
  • Farmers: Trump 'terrible for agriculture'

    09/01/2015 5:28:18 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 94 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/01/2015 | Bill Tomson
    Even before real-estate mogul Donald Trump called undocumented immigrants "rapists and murderers" who "have to go," California contractor Carlos CastaŮeda was having difficulty hiring enough workers to pick celery and squash. Now CastaŮeda and others fear Trump's talk about erecting a "big beautiful wall" at the border and deporting millions could make it near impossible to find the guest workers they need, and who would obtain legal status under most comprehensive reforms bills. "There are growers out there screaming for labor," said CastaŮeda, a farm labor contractor in San Luis Obispo County in central California. "The people who are coming...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, itís not good. Many people who pay the huge premiumóoften more than a hundred percentĖfor organic foods do so because theyíre afraid of pesticides. If thatís their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although itís true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • Agenda 21 advocates replace farmers in droves

    07/18/2015 1:21:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/18/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Conservation Easements in Ohio and in Montana 17 Years Ago United Nations agencies working against the economic needs and wishes of U.S. citizens compiled a blueprint for achieving Sustainable Development called U.N. Agenda 21. This 40-chapter document (about 300 pages) addresses every facet of human life and how Sustainable Development should be implemented through local, state, and federal government. With its grant-making power (Ďvisioning grantsí and Ďchallenge grantsí) and conservation easements, the federal government promoted the Sustainable Development idea and policies to the state and local levels with the creation of an army of new community of Sustainable Development NGOs...
  • Obama goes after the farmers

    06/01/2015 3:16:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2015 | Joseph Curl
    OPINION/ANALYSIS:Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obamaís administration last week claimed dominion over all of Americaís streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands ó perhaps even puddles ó in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. The New York Times had a wonderful take on the power grab, saying the move ďopened up a broad new front for attacks from business interests like farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and golf course owners, who contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude on property ownersí rights.Ē Those, according...
  • Farmers and ranchers are tired of EPA doubletalk

    04/22/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | April 15, 2015 | Bob Stallman
    EPA claims that itís simplifying regulations and making them easier to follow, but the fine print tells another story. Business owners around the country have joined with farmers and ranchers in speaking out on the Waters of the U.S. rule. More than 30 states also oppose the rule. Yet, even in the face of mounting opposition, the EPA still isnít listening. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has unveiled her latest, campaign-style WOTUS spin, calling the effort the ďClean Water RuleĒ Ė as though a bumper-sticker approach to a complex regulation would change anything for people so profoundly affected by her agencyís...
  • Why Is the Government Stealing Raisins from Honest Farmers?

    04/19/2015 7:15:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2015 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the governmentís reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horneís raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In a depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So FDRís ďbrain trustĒ produced ďprice stabilizationĒ...
  • On water, Big Ag should ante up, too

    04/05/2015 12:27:56 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/04/2015
    As the rest of California comes to grips with the stateís historic new water mandates, thereís an elephant in the room. And itís wearing a farmerís hat
  • AZEALIA BANKS GRACES COVER OF PLAYBOY: ĎI HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

    03/18/2015 9:40:33 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 43 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | Mar 2015 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM17
    Rapper Azealia Banks lashed out at ďracist conservative white peopleĒ and ďfat white AmericansĒ in a wide-ranging, race-heavy interview for her cover of Playboy magazine this month. ďYes! I hate everything about this country,Ē Banks replied when Playboy asked if she wanted to leave the United States. ďLike, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms.Ē
  • New avian flu outbreak along Mississippi flyway challenges fowl farmers

    03/15/2015 5:02:20 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/15/2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    An outbreak of an avian bird flu that has attacked flocks of turkeys continues to spread throughout the Mississippi River Valley, as biosecurity detectives scramble to pin down the mode of transmission and contain the epidemic. Three states reporting an outbreak Ė Minnesota, Arkansas and Missouri Ė share the potential culprit. That would be the Mississippi River, which serves as a major flyway for migratory waterfowl. The particular strain of avian influenza usually doesnít harm wild fowl, but does cause problems for domesticated flocks. The outbreak along the Mississippi flyway involves the same virus that has infected the Pacific flyway,...
  • West Coast paralysis: Some winners...sort of

    02/20/2015 10:29:20 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Allen Wastler
    West Coast docks are paralyzed as employers and longshoremen continued to spat about contracts and congestion problems. There are plenty of losers. Exporters, like farmers and ranchers, can't get their perishables to Asian markets during the Lunar New Year when demand for fruit and meat is particularly high. And importers large and small are beginning to report shipment delays and inventory shortages. Are there winners? Kind of Ö Air Freight. Some importers, like electronics dealers and luxury retailers, can afford to put their cargo on planes, despite at least a ten-fold increase in shipping costs. ... East Coast/Gulf Coast ports....
  • Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure: U.S. court

    01/17/2015 4:05:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/17/15 | Ayesha Rascoe- Rueters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country. A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy, polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on Wednesday. "The practices of this mega-dairy are no different than thousands of others across the country," said Jessica Culpepper, an attorney at Public Justice,...
  • Fabiola Santiago: As tolls rise, Florida shorts Miami

    12/16/2014 7:44:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Florida News ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fabiola Santiago
    While Miami-Dade residents were strike recently with new, rare fee hikes on vital east-west arteries, Gov. Rick Scott was rewarding his farming regressive supporters with $9 million to build and urge their toll-free roads. So while down south we compensate a way, a folks adult north who minister reduction to state revenues get a giveaway ride. Poor timing? Irony? A giggle to go with a slap to a pockets of Miami-Dadeís toll-payers? The governorís proclamation from Tallahassee was all those things ó and came by approach of press releases finished with difference of regard from a prolonged register of whoís...
  • Red States Are Getting a New Shade of Redder-people who deny climate change most likely to suffer

    12/12/2014 1:28:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2014 | Joshua Zaffos
    ".....Yuma,Colorado, a farming town of 3,500 people near the Kansas border, celebrated last month as homegrown Republican Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gardner, a high school football player and the son of a farm equipment dealer, defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to help the GOP gain control of the Senate in the second-most expensive congressional race of all time.Gardner represented Coloradoís 4th Congressional District for four years, an expansive territory that covers the mostly flat and rural eastern third of the state. Farmers there mostly grow corn to feed cattle, and water comes from the quickly...
  • 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 Stateís 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 ďDemocrats Are Expected to Win EasilyĒ list, and the Cook Political Report labeled the seat as ďSolid Democrat,Ē 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 Managementís 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 stateís federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchersí 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 Ė 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. ďThis is good news for Kansas,Ē Schmidt said. ďIt 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 ó a move decades in the works, spurred this year by Californiaís 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 ďpeopleís houseĒ 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 Californiaís groundwater future. Most of what they said is true. The only problem they didnít bother to tell you two key truths: 1.It was these same so-called leaders who give up our seatóthe property owner and the farmerís place at the...
  • Pelosiís 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 ďsevere cutbacksĒ 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 ďdouble standardĒ 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 cuckooís biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...