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Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

National Public Radio | Posted onSeptember 23, 2017 in Agriculture News

Cattle pass a lot of gas, and the methane from their flatulence and especially, their belches, is an expanding burden on the planet. The greenhouse gas has a warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide.


Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Inhabitat | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Energy News

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma raged through the state. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them during the outage – or they’d be breaking the law. State code requires people to connect their homes to the local electric grid – and when parts of it were damaged after the hurricane, even those homeowners with solar power were legally obliged to sit in the dark.


Clean electricity revolution poised to steamroll fossil fuels as cost of renewables plunges

Independent | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Energy News

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market.


Taking aim at food waste, companies plan to simplify expiration labels

Reuters | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Food News

Some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies including Kellogg Co and Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday they will simplify food expiration labels in an effort to eliminate confusion that contributes to food waste.


More than half of rural counties don't have a hospital where women can give birth

Sentinel Source | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Rural News

A new study in the journal Health Affairs quantifies the trend. In 2004, 45 percent of rural counties lacked a hospital with obstetrics services. About one in 10 rural counties lost those services over the next decade, and by 2014, 54 percent of communities lacked those services. That leaves 2.4 million women of child-bearing age living in counties without hospitals that deliver babies.There are already a slew of well-known health disparities between rural women and those who live in urban settings.


Bloomington approves purchase of Kelley farm for possible World Fair site

Minnesota Star Tribune | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Agriculture News

The last working farm in Bloomington could become the site of the 2023 World’s Fair.The Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee announced Wednesday that if the state wins Expo 2023, it will be held on a 59-acre property nestled between the Mall of America and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge that has been owned by the same family since 1932.


18 diseases feral swine could carry

Watt Ag Net | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Rural News

I picked up two brochures and read through them. One of those showed all of the diseases that feral swine could carry. There were three categories of diseases listed: bacterial diseases, viral diseases, and parasitic diseases. All of the listed diseases can be transmitted to domestic swine, and many of those are transmittable to humans.


Tyson now looking beyond Tonganoxie, Kansas for poultry plant

Watt Ag Net | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

Tyson Foods is backing away from its plans to build a new poultry complex in Tonganoxie, Kansas, and instead is looking at other locations to build the $320 million facility. Tyson Foods on September 5 revealed plans to build the poultry complex in Tonganoxie, stating that the complex would include a poultry plant with a capacity to process 1.25 million birds per week, a feed mill and a hatchery.


How heat kills farmworkers

The Fern | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Agriculture News

On a recent summer morning in Mendota, a small farming community in California’s Central Valley, the sun glared down from a cloudless sky. The temperature was heading toward 101 degrees, and it had hit 106 a few days before—not unlike the blistering heat that blanketed much of the West Coast over Labor Day weekend. While that heat wave proved uncomfortable for the Golden State, such extreme temperatures can actually be dangerous for the people who work outside. That’s especially true in the Central Valley, where a major portion of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown.


Rural Mainstreet Climbs to Highest Level in Almost Two Years

Creighton University Economic Outlook | Posted onSeptember 21, 2017 in Agriculture News

Survey Results at a Glance: • The overall index climbed for month, but remained below growth neutral. Approximately 57.6 percent of bankers reported  rought conditions were having a negative impact on ag-riculture production in their area. • Average yearly cash rents declined by 4.3 percent over the past year to $241 per acre. • On average bankers expect farmland prices to decline by another 3.5 percent over the next year. In August 2016, bank CEOs projected a 6.9 percent decline for next year.


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