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  • Animal activist rallies showcase continued pressure on agriculture

    08/21/2011 6:12:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    dairy herd ^ | August 18, 2011
    Each summer, animal activists travel across the country to meet and discuss the latest topics of the animal rights movement. This year, animal agriculture was once again the focus. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hosted its annual Taking Action for Animals Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 15-18, and Farm Animal Rights Movementís Animal Rights 2011 Conference (AR 2011) was held two weeks later on July 21-25 in Los Angeles. Both events claimed to have ďrecord-breakingĒ attendance, attracting a combined total of more than 1,600 activists from around the world, ranging in age from 20-60 years old....
  • Obama Dismisses Farmer's Concerns About Regulations: 'Don't Always Believe What You Hear'

    08/17/2011 1:55:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2011 | B. H. Obama
    Politics August 17, 2011 Obama Dismisses Farmer's Concerns About Regulations: 'Don't Always Believe What You Hear' Fire it up 94 Share During a town hall meeting at Wyffels Hybrids in Atkinson, Illinois, a farmer expressed concern to President Obama about forthcoming regulations. The man stated that people would rather be farming than "filling out forms and permits to do what we like to do." President Obama told the farmer "don't always believe what you hear" and blamed Washington for ginning up speculation. Obama added that, "Nobody is more interested in seeing our agricultural sector successful than I am, partly because...
  • Report: Stateís drought losses top $5 billion

    08/17/2011 4:11:57 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 8 replies
    Austin Statesman American ^ | 17 August 2011 | Farzad Mashhood
    The Texas drought, lasting since fall 2010, has cost $5.2 billion to agriculture, a report said. This is now the most expensive year of drought, according to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service economists. Most of the losses accounted for in the report are higher costs and lost grazing land for livestock. To remain comparable with past reports, this one does not take into account losses to fruit and vegetable producers, horticultural and nursery crops, or other grain and row crops, according to a news release, making this a conservative estimate. A similar report released in May put the costs just...
  • Proposed rule on farms called Ďabsurdí

    08/12/2011 6:27:45 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 103 replies ^ | August 12, 2011 | Sonny Riddle
    A new rule being proposed by the federal Department of Transportation would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is a part of DOT, wants to adopt standards that would reclassify all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles, officials said. Likewise, the proposal, if adopted, would require all farmers and everyone on the farm who operates any of the equipment to obtain a CDL, they added. The proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to pass...
  • Governor Almost Wasn't--After years on ranch, Perry saw climate was right for politics

    08/11/2011 3:06:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 12, 2006 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    Ö."I was burned out," he said. "In 1977, I didn't know what I wanted to do. And actually, was a little lost - as a person, both in my temporal life and my spiritual life, a little lost." So three days before his 27th birthday, the man who had owned the skies and commanded a crew was finally heading home, where he would live with his parents, Ray and Amelia, and work on the family farm. Ö..They formed JR Perry Farms in early 1978. And then it stopped raining. The green stalks wilted, and the ground began to crack. The...
  • NFU Says Farm Equipment Should be Exempt from CDL Requirements

    08/02/2011 6:55:24 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    Hoosier Ag Today ^ | July 29th
    National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to Thomas Yager of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) about a possible reinterpretation of the Motor Carrier Act of 1935, the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984, and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. The FMCSA is exploring the possibility of categorizing "implements of husbandry and other farm equipment" as commercial motor vehicles, thus requiring a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate. "Most farmers have little, if any, control or knowledge of the final destination of the commodities they produce," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "As such, it is inappropriate...
  • Labor fight in sugar beet land

    07/26/2011 11:30:01 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    mpls star tribune ^ | 7-26-11 | Mike Hughlett
    American Crystal Sugar threatens a lockout, which would be the company's first work stoppage since 1981. When the first sugar beets ripen and the Red River ... A lockout would affect three Minnesota plants -- in Moorhead, East Grand Forks and Crookston -- and mills in Hillsboro and Drayton, N.D. The last time American Crystal Sugar had a work stoppage was in 1981, when the union struck for almost a month. Union representatives say American Crystal Sugar's contract proposal would dismantle seniority rights and allow the company to contract out union jobs to outside firms. There also is disagreement over...
  • White House Council Takes Aim on Rural America (While Weiner was all the news)

    07/21/2011 3:47:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Right Side News ^ | July 3, 2011 | Henry Lamb
    Where, exactly, does the U.S. Constitution authorize the federal government to create "sustainable communities" in order to: "... expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands." Clearly, the Constitution provides no such authority, and the Tenth Amendment prohibits the federal government from engaging in activity not explicitly enumerated and authorized in the Constitution. This fact meant nothing to Bill Clinton, who created the President's Council on Sustainable Development by executive order. Nor does this fact have meaning to Barack Hussein Obama. On...
  • Will Perry Carry the Day?

    07/21/2011 1:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 131 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 21, 2011 | Brian Bolduc
    In the Russell Senate Office Building Caucus Room, Fred McClure was watching the crowd. It was March 1978, and the American Agriculture Movement ó a pressure group for government support of farm prices ó was meeting with Texan congressmen. A legislative aide to Sen. John Tower (R.), McClure was leaning on a door when a rancher from Paint Creek, Texas, named Rick Perry walked past. Newly retired from the Air Force, Perry held a degree in animal science from Texas A&M. His class ring gave him away. Spotting the ring, McClure, a fellow Texas A&M grad, introduced himself, and the...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 ó Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • Military Veterans Learn to farm with Farmer-Veteran Coalition

    07/20/2011 1:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Grit ^ | The July/August 2011 edition | Evan B. Welch
    An innovative, relatively young program provides active-duty soldiers and military veterans a jump start into civilian existence while bringing life to agriculture. One-sixth of the U.S. population is enlisted in the military, and 45 percent of that number is from rural farm communities, according to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Farms need more hands, and veterans need work after service. So Michael OíGorman founded the nonprofit Farmer-Veteran Coalition, based in Davis, California, to plow the hindrances and help reintegrate service men and women on a national scale. OíGorman, a seasoned organic farmer, watched the...
  • Down on the farm, investors see big potential

    07/18/2011 9:45:18 AM PDT · by posterchild · 29 replies
    AP via ^ | Fri July 15, 2011 | Bernard Condon
    Braden Janowski has never planted seeds or brought in a harvest. He doesn't even own overalls. Yet when 430 acres of Michigan cornfields was auctioned last summer, it was Janowski, a brash, 33-year-old software executive, who made the winning bid. It was so high -- $4 million, 25 percent above the next-highest -- that some farmers stood, shook their heads and walked out. And Janowski figures he got the land cheap. "Corn back then was around $4," he says from his office in Tulsa, Okla., stealing a glance at prices per bushel on his computer. Corn rose to almost $8...
  • Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S.

    07/13/2011 9:49:34 AM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 12, 2011 | CBS News
    (CBS News) The lightning-fast die-off of bats is being called the No. 1 crisis affecting mammals in this country. Scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies are coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying. CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen noted on "The Early Show" that one of the consequences of the bats' deaths is more bugs. Wildlife officials now are pointing to a fungus they say is killing bats in unprecedented numbers. It's a desperate situation with no solution in sight. Nguyen reported bats often get a bad rap as creepy, blood-sucking night creatures. But farmers,...
  • House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!

    06/22/2011 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    And with that budget hit, the so-called ďfood safetyĒ law canít be implementedóand no money to approve Frankenfish! This is huge! Last week the House of Representatives passed the agriculture funding bill for fiscal year 2012, and the bill included a gigantic cut in FDAís budget. This is particularly significant because they were tasked with implementing most of the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act that Congress passed last year. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost of implementing the Food Safety act would be $1.4 billion over five years. The whopping $285 million budget cut makes it...
  • A REALLY neat Web Site...

    06/18/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    6/18/2011 | US Navy Vet
    Ran across this Web Site:
  • Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

    06/16/2011 8:27:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to approved socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches. A socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • The Death of the American Dream II

    06/08/2011 10:30:02 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    The American Interest ^ | Jun. 6, 2011, 11:28 AM | Walter Russell Mead
    In one of the great American classic musicals ‚ÄúLittle Shop of Horrors,‚ÄĚ Audrey sings a paean to the American Dream of the twentieth century: ‚ÄúSomewhere That‚Äôs Green.‚ÄĚ Living in Skid Row, she dreams of escape to life as it ought to be lived:A matchbox of our own A fence of real chain link, A grill out on the patio Disposal in the sink A washer and a dryer and an ironing machine In a tract house that we share Somewhere that‚Äôs green.This is the sound of the American Dream 2.o. You can listen to it here.The twentieth century incarnation of...
  • Snowe Boiled and Steamed Over USDA Proposal Restricting Potato Consumption in Schools[Fish Update]

    06/07/2011 11:39:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Snowe Report ^ | 06/07/2011 E-Mail | Olympia Snowe
    Senator Snowe said a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) limiting total servings of starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, green peas, and lima beans) to one cup per week and eliminating these vegetables from breakfast meals is not grounded in scientific data and does not make economic sense. In letters to First Lady Michelle Obama, founder of the Letís Move campaign, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Snowe urged reevaluation of the nutritional and economic impacts of this proposal. Senator Snowe recently joined her colleagues in calling on President Obama to resolve a discrepancy within the Administration regarding...
  • California Assembly passes 'card check' for agricultural workers

    05/17/2011 7:25:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2011 | Phil Boehmke
    The United Farm Workers Union is just a Jerry Brown autograph away from salvation.¬† The UFW which has seen its membership decline from more than 70,000 in the seventies to roughly 27,000 (including part time and seasonal workers) today is ready to fill its ranks and coffers through ‚Äėcard check.‚Äô¬† ¬†The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Assembly passed the ‚Äėcard check‚Äô bill on Monday.¬† The measure, Senate Bill 104, cleared the Assembly by a vote of 51-26 with Republicans opposed.¬† It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not yet announced whether he will sign it.¬†Proposed...
  • PETA Worried About Heightened Criminal Penalties For Trespass, Theft, and Fraud

    04/27/2011 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | April 27, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Is it possible that PETA, an organization which has equated the eating of animals to the lynching of black Americans, has something in common with the Tea Party? I wondered when I received an email from a fellow Tea Partier which had originated from the radical animal rights group. House File (HF) 1369 and Senate File (SF) 1118, which are currently making their way through the Minnesota State Legislature, could subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose animal abuse on factory farms. If passed, these bills would penalize those who report and expose cruelty to animals and...