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  • 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 he’ll 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...
  • 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 EPA’s wanton malfeasance — experts warned of a catastrophic blowout — 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,...
  • California plans taking farms for massive water tunnels

    08/17/2015 1:23:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans for massive water tunnels have yet to win approval, but a report shows California already is planning to take up to 300 farms to acquire land for the project. A 160-page report prepared by state contractors lays out plans to move rapidly to eminent domain to acquire land for two 30-mile-long tunnels. The tunnels would help ferry water from Northern and Central California to Southern California. …
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • China's hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm

    06/28/2014 4:12:12 PM PDT · by blueplum · 116 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | June 27, 2014 | Stuart Leavenworth & McClatchy Foreign Staff
    JENSEN, UTAH — It’s easy to find the largest Chinese-owned hay farm in the United States. It sits 189 miles east of Salt Lake City, on a stunningly scenic bend of the Green River. After driving past the only gas station in Jensen, population 400, a visitor crosses the river, turns left and is soon surrounded by a meticulously managed, 22,000-acre ranch, lush with green alfalfa. Nearly all of it is destined for China. :snip: Simon Wen Shao, a Chinese-born U.S. citizen who’s a co-owner of the Utah alfalfa farm, acknowledged that locals had acted warily when his company purchased...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • National Park Service creates hazard by banning ‘hazardous’ cargo ( Colorado )

    06/18/2014 5:13:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watch Dog Wire ^ | June 17, 2014 | Marjorie Haun
    Decision would cut off ranchers' lifeline . A Western Slope federal parks official’s decision to limit access to Monument Road has touched off angry reactions from residents who depend on the route for their livelihoods. With little public input from Glade Park ranching community residents and without consulting with the Board of Commissioners in Mesa County, National Park Service (NPS) Director at the Colorado National Monument Lisa Eckert recently announced that vehicles containing “hazardous” cargo would be banned from using the route they have used for decades. Monument Road adjoins to Glade Park just a few miles inside the boundaries...
  • GOP: Water rule is murky. EPA is urged to make revisions

    05/30/2014 6:48:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Herald ^ | May 29, 2014 | Mary Bowerman
    Members of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives urged the Environmental Protection Agency to go back to the drawing board on a proposed rule aimed at clarifying bodies of water that fall under the Clean Water Act. In March, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to define what “waters of the United States” fall under federal jurisdiction. The rule would include smaller bodies of water including streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains that may have access to larger bodies of water. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule since its inception, saying the...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • How the Feds Suckered Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    04/26/2014 5:06:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | April 21, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    It all started with the sucker fish. The con, that is. I can see it all now. A group of robber barons and their flunkies sitting down at a table and deciding just what ruse they will use to grab all of the water and land in the country, and for Oregon, it’s the sucker. Yes, the infamous Klamath Basin Sucker Fish. The fish that evidently, needs both high and low water levels, murky and clear water, and an overdose of federal government interference to survive, even though attempts to eradicate it have failed time and time again. It has...
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    04/18/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 4:31 AM EDT | Ian Mader
    Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants. It adds to widespread doubts about the safety of China’s farm produce and confirms suspicions about the dire state of its soil following more than two decades of explosive industrial growth, the overuse of farm...
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • South Africa’s communist redistribution of farmland has been a colossal failure

    01/03/2013 7:21:51 AM PST · by grundle · 30 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 3, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog South Africa’s communist redistribution of farmland has been a colossal failure In their 1848 publication Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote: “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”In 2009, the people of South Africa elected communist Jacob Zuma to be their new President. In 2012, Reuters wrote about a black farmer named Koos Mthimkhulu, who was given farmland that the South African government had seized from white farmers.But perhaps “given” is not really an accurate word, as Reuters reports:But Mthimkhulu does...
  • Hungary bars foreigners from buying farmland

    12/27/2012 1:26:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 22 December 2012 | 20H05 | (AFP)
    Hungary has amended its constitution to bar foreigners from buying farmland, a move the government called “historic,” but one that could cause friction with the European Union. Foreigners are already blocked from buying farmland under a temporary measure that formed part of Hungary’s EU accession agreement in 2003. But that measure, aimed at helping Hungary avoid seeing its land prices soar to catch up with other EU states including neighboring Austria, was originally set to expire in 2011, though was extended until the end of April 2014. …
  • Farmers fear their hard work may be destroyed

    08/18/2012 4:44:06 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 23 replies
    The World ^ | August 18, 2012 | Daniel Simmons-Ritchie
    Years worth of work could be washed away upon approval of a proposal to flood the wetland WINTER LAKE — Every resident learns to live with the flood. Each year, with cruel seasonality, this peat-land is transformed into a 1,700-acre soup. But this year, emotions have piqued over a different deluge. Next year, earthworks are slated to begin on a $3.5 million project to restore 400 acres of pasture to wetland. Sarah Crawford, an organic farmer on Garden Valley Road, worries that new body of water will radically alter the valley's water table. 'That would ruin us," Crawford said. 'That...
  • Land Prices Are Rising Uniformly Across The Cornbelt

    02/20/2012 2:53:13 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    The Economic Policy Journal ^ | 2-20-2012 | Robert Wenzel
    Land Prices Are Rising Uniformly Across The CornbeltRobert WenzelMonday, February 20, 2012 Farmland values in the Cornbelt are rising as fast as anytime in the past 35 years, but may be showing some indication of deceleration. Bankers throughout the five-state region in the Chicago Federal Reserve District report a 22% increase in the value of good farmland over the course of 2011. But in the seven-state Kansas City Fed District, the value of farmland rose 25% in the past year, reports FarmGateBlog Higher prices for grain have spurred the most significant demand for land since the 1970’s. Farm land, oil,...
  • German Farmers Seek their Fortunes in Russia

    01/12/2012 5:45:56 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies ^ | By Steffen Winter
    In the 18th century, Catherine the Great invited German farmers to come to Russia and cultivate the land. Over two centuries later, the country is recruiting Teutonic pioneers once again to put vast tracts of fallow land to use. The land holds great opportunities for agricultural entrepreneurs -- provided they have strong nerves. Stefan Dürr, 47, is now the owner of more than 170,000 hectares (about 420,000 acres) of prime Russian farmland. He is cultivating fields in the Kursk, Voronezh, Orenburg, Novosibirsk and Kaluga regions. Through his holding company, EkoSem-Agrar, he employs 2,800 people in farming, owns a herd of...
  • Feds buying up farmland they flooded; Soros in on it

    07/13/2011 10:04:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Food Freedom ^ | 6/24/11 | Ann Barnhardt
    Remember when the Army Engineers blew the Birds Point levee in early May? Now we know the real reason. ~Ed. By Ann Barnhardt Cattle commodities broker June 24, 2011 (See her June 26 Update below) Two HUGE intel leads in my email box this morning from way-back contacts that I’ve had for years, that are actually somewhat connected concepts. 1. File this one under “Now It All Makes Sense.” A Missouri farming and ranching contact just got off a conference call wherein he was informed that the federal government is sending out letters to all of the flooded out farmers...
  • Ann Barnhardt: DOUBLE RED ALERT (Soros buying up farmland)

    06/25/2011 9:12:46 AM PDT · by plsjr · 194 replies
    Ann Barnhardt's Capital Management Inc. ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | Ann Barnhardt
    Double Red Alert Posted by Ann Barnhardt - June 24, AD 2011 9:01 AM MST Two HUGE intel leads in my email box this morning from way-back contacts that I've had for years, that are actually somewhat connected concepts. 1. File this one under "Now It All Makes Sense". A Missouri farming and ranching contact just got off a conference call wherein he was informed that the federal government is sending out letters to all of the flooded out farmers in the Missouri River flood plain and bottoms notifying them that the Army Corps of Engineers will offer to BUY...
  • More Bad Weather Could See Record Food Prices

    05/17/2011 3:04:25 PM PDT · by NRG1973 · 14 replies ^ | May 17, 2011 | Patrick Allen
    With drought threatening food production in the EU, US and China, analysts at Renaissance Capital believe the next 8-10 weeks will be crucial to prices in 2011 and 2012. “The food price threat for 2011-2012 is very significant, but may disappear in August. It depends entirely on the weather over May to July,” said Renaissance Capital’s Charles Robertson. “If we do not get the right mix of rain and sun in the coming 8-10 weeks, then later this year we will see record price levels for the most important cereal in the world today – corn,” he said. If this...
  • River tops levee in Louisiana

    05/12/2011 9:10:33 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 43 replies
    AP/WWL ^ | 5/12/11
    The Mississippi River has topped a levee north of Lake Providence in extreme northeast Louisiana, flooding croplands as an effort by farmers to shore up the 100-year-old structure was thwarted by the rising river. About 12,000 acres behind the 18-mile-long levee, mostly planted in corn and soybeans, were flooding Thursday morning though no homes appeared to be in danger in the thinly populated area. Maintenance on the levee was abandoned years ago after another, higher levee was built farther back off the river.
  • Missouri Farmers Sue Over Blown Levee

    05/04/2011 2:44:35 PM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 25 replies
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A group of 25 southeast Missouri farmers is suing the federal government over its decision to blow a hole in a levee, causing their farmland and houses to flood. Cape Girardeau attorney J. Michael Ponder filed the lawsuit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives on the Birds Point levee to ease pressure from the swelling Mississippi River. The Southeast Missourian reports that the lawsuit claims that the government violated the farmers' rights by taking their land without adequate compensation. The lawsuit seeks class-action status. Ponder, who is from...
  • Tiny downstate Cairo pitted against state of Missouri in flood battle

    04/30/2011 6:06:50 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Apr 30, 2011 | Lisa Donovan
    Tiny downstate Cairo, already battling the still-rising Ohio and Mississippi rivers, has been drawn into a controversial flood-relief plan that could put thousands of acres of farmland in neighboring Missouri under water. The plan calls for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to burst a Mississippi River levee to provide relief to little Cairo, population 2,800, as well as relief for a series of pumping stations, flood walls and levees. But the relief action will trigger flooding in southeastern Missouri, as opening the levee will allow water to flow over some 130,000 acres of Missouri land, mostly farms. The state...
  • 5 Reasons Investors Are now Going Crazy For Farmland

    02/14/2011 11:34:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2011 | Mamta Badkar
    It may seem a radical investment made by those who believe the end times are coming, but with food prices soaring, farmland could be on the brink of a serious bull market. It's not just investors like Jim Rogers in the market, but countries too seeking to secure their food future. Of course farmland investment comes with its own challenges. It requires a long-term commitment. Weather is volatile, and could slam your investment in the short-term. But if you have the patience, and the money, farm land could be of huge use to you. #1 Food demand is rising Detail:...
  • Famed Hedge Funder Michael Burry Is Buying Farmland, And Sees More Pain For The Dollar And Housing

    09/07/2010 6:14:32 AM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-7-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Famed Hedge Funder Michael Burry Is Buying Farmland, And Sees More Pain For The Dollar And Housing Joe Weisenthal Sep. 7, 2010, 7:59 AM Michael Burry, the famed hedge fund manager featured prominently in The Big Short, is betting big on farmland, and expects the collapse of the dollar, he tells Bloomberg. Apparently he's still poking around for his next "big" idea (Burry famously shorted the housing market through the same type of bets that made John Paulson mega-rich), though he thinks having farmland with a good water supply is very attractive. In a segment of the interview here, he...
  • Study says Amish expanding westward

    07/29/2010 12:45:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Google News / The Associated Press ^ | July 28, 2010 | Mark Scolforo
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The search by the booming North American population of Amish for affordable, fertile farmland has produced settlements in 28 states and Ontario — and has even led parties to scout recently for suitable properties in Alaska and Mexico. A new study estimates the number of Amish has increased nearly 10 percent in the past two years alone, to a total population of 249,000, compared with about 227,000 in 2008. That figure was just 124,000 in 1992. Nearly all Amish descended from a group of about 5,000 in the early 20th century.
  • Mugabe and the White African (Brilliant Documentary)

    07/24/2010 9:30:36 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Mind of Niuhuru | July 24, 2010 | Niuhuru
    Has anyone seen the documentary "Mugabe and the White African?" I watched it last night after downloading it and it's brilliant. What do you think of it, if you've seen it?
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • 'Buy farmland and gold,' advises Dr Doom

    02/23/2010 6:13:51 PM PST · by jsh3180 · 63 replies · 2,644+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | February 22, 2010 | Leo Lewis, Asia Business Correspondent
    The world’s most powerful investors have been advised to buy farmland, stock up on gold and prepare for a “dirty war” by Marc Faber, the notoriously bearish market pundit, who predicted the 1987 stock market crash. The bleak warning of social and financial meltdown, delivered today in Tokyo at a gathering of 700 pension and sovereign wealth fund managers. Dr Faber, who advised his audience to pull out of American stocks one week before the 1987 crash and was among a handful who predicted the more recent financial crisis, vies with the Nouriel Roubini, the economist, as a rival claimant...
  • (Feinstein Favors) Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/26/2009 3:04:40 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 90 replies · 3,839+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Sept. 25, 2009 | Editorial
    Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt. (snip) The Senate rejected the amendment by a largely party-line 61-36 margin, with Feinstein opposing the restoration of water deliveries to farmers. The California senator claimed she was blindsided by the amendment to the bill she was managing in the Senate, bizarrely comparing the move to a "Pearl Harbor." "No one from California has called, written or indicated they wanted this on the calendar," Feinstein protested.
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • HR 2749: Food Safety’s Scorched Earth Policy

    07/23/2009 5:11:36 AM PDT · by FromLori · 69 replies · 2,423+ views
    Farm Wars ^ | 7/22/09
    HR 2749 is being rushed through Congress, and the house may look to suspend the rules and fast track the bill at Obama’s request. Just what can we expect from this legislation? A lot more of the following: Dick Peixoto planted hedges of fennel and flowering cilantro around his organic vegetable fields in the Pajaro Valley near Watsonville to harbor beneficial insects, an alternative to pesticides. He has since ripped out such plants in the name of food safety, because his big customers demand sterile buffers around his crops. No vegetation. No water. No wildlife of any kind. “I was...
  • Outsourcing's third wave (outsourcing food production)

    05/23/2009 2:36:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 793+ views
    Economist ^ | 05/21/09
    Outsourcing's third wave May 21st 2009 From The Economist print edition Rich food importers are acquiring vast tracts of poor countries' farmland. Is this beneficial foreign investment or neocolonialism? Click to enlargeEARLY this year, the king of Saudi Arabia held a ceremony to receive a batch of rice, part of the first crop to be produced under something called the King Abdullah initiative for Saudi agricultural investment abroad. It had been grown in Ethiopia, where a group of Saudi investors is spending $100m to raise wheat, barley and rice on land leased to them by the government. The investors are...
  • Lawsuit claims anti-Muslim bias in Walkersville

    07/07/2008 6:05:44 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 23 replies · 93+ views ^ | July 7, 2008 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Officials of a rural Maryland town illegally discriminated against a Muslim group by barring them from building a mosque and holding annual conventions on land zoned for farming, the property's owner claims in a federal lawsuit. Developer David Moxley and his father had planned to sell 224 acres in Walkersville to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA for about $6 million. The Silver Spring-based religious group canceled the deal earlier this year after the town's three-member Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to reject their request for a special exception to land-use restrictions. (snip) David and Robert...
  • Don't Bet the Farm (Farmland prices have soared)

    12/29/2007 1:22:53 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 23 replies · 403+ views
    Barron's ^ | 31 December 2007 | By JIM MCTAGUE
    YOU'VE LIVED THROUGH THE TECH-STOCK BUBBLE. The dot-com bubble. The residential-real-estate bubble. Now, get ready for the cropland bubble. - At year-end 2007, farms -- the latest count shows that the U.S. has 2,089,790 -- are what Miami condos and San Diego McMansions were at year-end 2004: properties so hot that they're likely to have a meltdown in their future. As city slickers in many parts of the nation see the market prices of their homesteads deflate faster than a New Year's party balloon, farmers are watching the values of their land swell by annual double-digit percentages. Nationwide, farmland prices...
  • Farm Bureau Backs Clustered Development; Group Aims to Spare Farmland

    12/24/2007 8:57:26 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 195+ views
    JSOnline ^ | December 23, 2007 | Amy Rinard
    For the first time, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation has adopted a policy in favor of high-density housing developments in rural areas to preserve farmland.But the state's largest organization of farmers, with 43,000 member families, also recommended that the current power of cities and villages to impose their zoning regulations three miles outside their borders be severely cut back. The policies, which set the farm bureau's legislative priorities for next year, were approved by 250 delegates representing members of the 61 county chapters around the state. Paul Zimmerman, executive director of public affairs for the farm bureau, said preservation of...
  • North Korea says floods devastate agriculture, destroy 11 percent of nation's farmland

    08/15/2007 4:29:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,043+ views
    China Post ^ | 08/15/07
    North Korea says floods devastate agriculture, destroy 11 percent of nation's farmland Wednesday, August 15, 2007 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Floods caused by rains have destroyed more than one-tenth of North Korea's farmland at the height of the impoverished country's growing season, official media reported Wednesday. "It is hard to expect a high-grain output owing to the uninterrupted rainstorms at the most important time for the growth of crops in the country," the North's official Korean Central News Agency said. The damage has submerged, buried or washed away more than 11 percent of rice and corn fields in the country,...
  • Turnpikes take toll on Krusee

    11/20/2006 4:56:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 527+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 20, 2006 | Ben Wear
    The continuing political parlor game of "What price tolls?" took an interesting turn Nov. 7. The Big Toller himself — Gov. Rick Perry — seemed to suffer little damage from what was a sustained battering on the issue, losing only three of the dozens of counties in the paths of the two proposed Trans-Texas Corridor routes. But voters in Texas House District 52 alongside the new Texas 45 North tollway put something of a scare into state Rep. Mike Krusee. The Williamson County Republican is the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, stage-managed the birth of the controversial Phase 2...
  • Disappearing frontier

    11/16/2006 5:20:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 654+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | November 16, 2006 | Andrew Egan
    Roadway may lead to loss of open space, runoff With the election season past, proponents of the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor proposal weathered their reelection campaigns well, including the corridors original proponent, Gov. Rick Perry. The largest proposed public works project in Texas history, the corridor will be a series of toll roads, railways and utility lines extending across the state. Many state officials tout the project as the only answer to alleviate trade and traffic concerns resulting from population growth while various citizen groups have criticized the Perry administration and Spanish-based contractor, Cintra-Zachary, for their vague plans for the corridor....
  • Suit filed over I-69 route

    10/03/2006 11:55:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 510+ views
    Evansville Courier and Press ^ | October 3, 2006 | Bryan Corbin
    MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - In a town that is one of the key battlegrounds in the Interstate 69 fight, environmental groups Monday announced a federal lawsuit to block design and planning of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis leg of the highway. The plaintiffs, including the Hoosier Environmental Council and several business owners, allege that the Indiana Department of Transportation ignored harmful environmental impacts of building a direct route between Evansville and Indianapolis. It also claims INDOT was biased against a route that would have upgraded the existing U.S. 41-Interstate 70 corridor into a new highway. It accuses 11 defendants - state and federal agencies...
  • Trans Texas Corridor route would remove thousands of farm acres from production

    09/21/2006 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 965+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | September 21, 2006 | Ron Smith
    Pat Hensen spent a good part of his 35-year career with the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resource Conservation Service) helping Texas Blacklands farmers improve their land. And he’s invested considerable time, effort and money the last 20 years doing the same on his own or leased acreage. And it may all end up under yards of concrete and asphalt if the Trans Texas Corridor passes muster and follows the latest proposed route. “My farm would be in the middle of it,” Hensen says from his Bell County living room where he and wife Loretta participate in a grassroots campaign...
  • Path of I-35 twin a mystery

    03/07/2006 9:27:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies · 1,192+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | March 7, 2006 | Ben Wear
    Rural Texas on edge as state prepares to reveal general route of TTC-35 MALONE — On this particular morning, fog has Texas 171 socked in for the whole 15 miles east from Hillsboro to this tiny German farm town. While you can tell that the winter-bare black loam is mostly flat moving toward the invisible horizon, you can only guess what might lie beyond. Barger Geltmeier and Benny Mynar and their fellow Hill County farmers have a pretty good idea, however, what might be forming out in the fog near Austin and heading their way, and they don't much like...
  • Joint Search of Farmland Yields Mortar Round

    02/27/2006 4:29:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 303+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
    U.S. Army Sgt. Steven Gonzales, a combat engineer assigned to E Company, 1-68 Combined Arms Battalion, unearths a 155mm round buried in a field in south Muqdadiyah, Iraq, during Operation Dirty Harry, Feb. 20, 2006. U.S Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski More Photos Operation Dirty Harry Joint Search of Farmland Yields Mortar Round By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUQDADIYAH, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2006 — As part of continuous efforts to thwart anti-Iraqi forces and find hidden weapons caches, Operation “Dirty Harry” recently searched a neighborhood and farmlands in south Muqdadiya...
  • Ordnance Disposal Reclaims Farmland, Saves Lives

    10/28/2005 12:02:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 269+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 27, 2005 | Army Staff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta
    U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. David Diceglie, 42nd Infantry Division Artillery, holds some captured enemy ammunition at a cache site. Diceglie was one of a team of U.S. soldiers assigned to Task Force Liberty who supervised the destruction of caches like this one. Photo courtesy of 42nd Infantry Division Artillery Ordnance Disposal Reclaims Farmland, Saves Lives Unexploded ordnance in Iraq includes a wide assortment of artillery, rocket and mortar rounds and in some cases, anti-ship cruise missiles. By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta 42nd Infantry Division Public Affairs FORWARD OPERATING BASE SUMMERALL, BAYJI, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2005 — In...