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  • Louisiana Truth in Labeling Bill Moves Forward | Louisiana State Legisture

     Read by title and passed by a vote of 34 yeas and 0 nays; ordered reengrossed and sent to the House.Food manufacturers selling products such as "cauliflower rice" could face new labeling restrictions in Louisiana, under a bill in the Legislature.The Senate voted 34-0 Monday (April 22) for a “truth in labeling” measure that adds protections for meat, rice and sugar producers.Sen. Francis Thompson, a Delhi Democrat, says he wants to ensure consumers know what they're buying.His proposal is similar to legislation signed in Arkansas. It would ban companies from classifying lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat, or they'd face fines. They would be unable to call something sugar if it doesn't come from a plant-based simple sugar or sucrose.

    Post date: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:11
  • Nberaska Solar Schools Project | Kearney Hub

    Nebraska Solar Schools has been awarded $31,250 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a pilot project within its Solar Energy Education and Development Program: 100 Solar Energy Kits for 100 Nebraska Schools.The focus of the new pilot project is on K-12 schools in Nebraska towns and cities that have developed or plan to develop solar projects, including rooftop solar, solar farms or other installations.The cities and towns in the pilot project’s focus group include but are not limited to: Kearney, Lexington, Loup City, Ainsworth, Aurora, Central City, Chadron, Fremont, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Hastings, Hemingford, Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha/Fort Calhoun, O’Neill, Pawnee City, Schuyler, Scottsbluff, South Sioux City, Superior, Venango/Grant and York.The purpose of Nebraska Solar Schools’ Solar Energy Education & Development Program is to provide resources for K-12 teachers to facilitate integration of more solar energy education into their classrooms or after-school programs.

    Post date: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:09
  • Michigan climate action plans don't leave low-income households behind | Michigan Radio

    Some cities in Michigan are putting together climate change action plans. Part of that is making everything more energy efficient in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. One of the big concerns is making sure low-income households are not left behind.The state requires Michigan’s big utility companies to offer rebates for energy efficiency upgrades in homes. There are also state and federal programs aimed at encouraging energy efficiency.“The best application of those funds is to direct them to the people who need them most,” said Mike Garfield, director of the non-profit Ecology Center, adding, “There are plenty of folks in this country, plenty of folks in Michigan, in all of our communities who suffer from energy vulnerability. Their heating bills or electric bills might be so high that they're faced with decisions about whether or not to buy food or medicine or pay their gas bill.”

    Post date: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:08
  • Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say | Energy News Network

    Analysts say legislation to subsidize Ohio’s nuclear plants through the creation of a statewide “Clean Air Program” would discourage development of wind and solar energy because it would undermine renewable energy requirements set in place a decade ago. The bill would eliminate a surcharge allowing utilities to pass along their costs for complying with the state’s renewable portfolio standard, replacing a competitive renewable energy market with subsidies that appear aimed toward existing nuclear and coal power plants.

    Post date: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:07
  • Denied: Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission rejects Vectren's power plant proposal | Courier & Press

    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission rejected a Vectren proposal to build an 850-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant to replace its aging coal-burning A.B. Brown Generating Station. The IURC order took Vectren to task for not adequately considering various combinations of other less expensive alternatives, especially renewable energy sources, of which it said there was a lack of evidence that Vectren "...made a serious effort to determine the price and availability of renewables."In denying Vectren preapproval for the new power plant — which was projected to cost $781 million — the commission cited the potential financial risk to customers who would be stuck paying for it over a 30-year period in a time when the energy industry is rapidly evolving.

    Post date: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:06

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State Agriculture and Rural Leaders looking for new Executive Director

5 April, 2019

State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL) is a 501 c(3) dedicated to promoting and fostering educational opportunities, cooperation and leadership among state legislators passionate about agriculture and rural communities.  It has been successfully creating cooperative and collaborative efforts among state and provincial officials for 18 years. 


This is one app you want to add to your phone...and use!

5 April, 2019

In order to provide fast, reliable broadband to underserved communities, it is important to have accurate data on the actual internet speed.  Federal Communication Commission data is based on census or zip code areas, National Association of Counties is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to collect the datat needed for accurate assessment.  They have designed an iOS/Android