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Louisiana Truth in Labeling Bill Moves Forward

Louisiana State Legisture | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

 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.


Nberaska Solar Schools Project

Kearney Hub | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

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


Michigan climate action plans don't leave low-income households behind

Michigan Radio | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in News

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.


Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say

Energy News Network | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

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.


Denied: Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission rejects Vectren's power plant proposal

Courier & Press | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Energy News

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.


Lawsuit Alleges Meatpacker Conspiracy

DTN | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Food News

The nation's largest meatpacking companies conspired to unlawfully depress fed-cattle prices paid to ranchers starting in 2015, a national cattle group alleges in a new class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois on Tuesday.


Washington State Passes Law Requiring 100% Clean Energy by 2045

Green Tech Media | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Energy News

The Northwestern state joins three others in mandating that all of its electricity comes from carbon-free sources by midcentury, as its governor prepares for a run at the presidency.


Trends in U.S. Farm Labor and H-2A Hired Labor: Policy and Related Issues

Choices | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Agriculture News

Over the past 15 years, the number of U.S. farmworkers has declined by approximately 12%, representing a loss of over 104,000 workers. The greatest decline, in terms of worker numbers, occurred in California and Florida. In 2017, there were 731,300 farmworkers in the United States, down from 836,000 in 2003. California, comprising the largest share of U.S. farmworkers, accounted for the greatest portion of this decline. In 2003, California employed 227,500 farmworkers representing 27.2% of total U.S. farmworkers.


Dairy group cries foul over new California Cattle Council

Capital Press | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

The California Dairy Campaign is criticizing the manner in which the California Department of Food and Agriculture established the newly approved California Cattle Council.


Labeling bill causing friction among Oregon winemakers

Capital Press | Posted onApril 25, 2019 in Food, SARL Members and Alumni News

A bill designed to protect Oregon wine from out-of-state imposters is fermenting discord within the industry. Senate Bill 111 calls on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to adopt new rules for enforcing wine labeling standards under state law, while also ensuring wineries pay a $25 per ton grape tax.The issue arose last year during a highly publicized feud between Willamette Valley winemakers and Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, based in Rutherford, Calif.


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