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USDA to spend $50 million on milk for food aid

Capital Press | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Federal News

USDA will spend up to $50 million on fluid milk in half-gallon containers for distribution to the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Tariffs could cost fruit, nut industries over $3 billion

| Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture, Federal News

The ongoing international trade turmoil between the U.S. and other countries has prompted import tariffs on many U.S. agricultural commodities in important export markets, which could hurt U.S. farmers.A new report released by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center estimates the higher tariffs could cost major U.S. fruit and nut industries $2.64 billion per year in exports to countries imposing the higher tariffs, and as much as $3.34 billion by reducing prices in alternative markets.

FDA’s new resource guide to support responsible opioid prescribing for pain management in animals

FDA | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Federal News

As FDA Commissioner, addressing the opioid epidemic and the misuse and abuse of these drugs remains one of my highest priorities. As we look at tackling the opioid crisis, it’s important that we take a close look at all the access points where these powerful medications can be obtained. We must also ensure that all health care professionals understand their role and responsibility in prescribing these products, and lend our support in appropriately managing them.

Petition aims to change labeling laws for U.S. beef

Tri State Livestock News | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Food News

When consumers shop the meat case, they have a variety of labels to choose from such as natural, organic, antibiotic-free, grassfed, Certified Angus Beef and Certified Hereford Beef, just to name a few.

How vegans got it wrong on cattle & climate change

BEEF | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture News

Consumer perceptions could be changing as a shift in reporting about beef favors cattle grazing as an important part of land management

Research proves beef production nets positive use of natural resources

Beef | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture News

New research shows the net benefits of cattle production when considering natural resources used and the resulting protein source for human consumption.

Pennsylvania plan seeks ways to bolster dairy farms, including stabilizing prices

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, an independent state agency tasked with setting milk prices and helping farmers find markets, should review whether it needs greater authority to stabilize prices.That was one of several proposals unveiled Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which studied ways to help the state’s dairy industry survive a years-long economic crisis.

Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030

Green Tech Media | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Energy News

he U.S. coal power plant fleet has been shrinking for years, with the official tally of coal plants closed exceeding those still open as of late last year. Another 43 gigawatts, or about 18 percent of the remaining 249 gigawatts of capacity, is expected to close by 2030.  Absent “market interventions at a grand scale” — such as the Trump administration’s plan to force utilities to buy uncompetitive coal-fired power under the mandate of national security — the same trends are accelerating beyond current estimates, and could lead to the country’s coal fleet being nearly halved again by 2030.

A coal company and Interior teamed up to save a power plant

E & E News | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Energy News

A major coal company had plans to save one of the West's largest coal plants from closing. It just needed help from the Trump administration. So in September 2017, Peabody Energy Corp. sent the Interior Department a game plan for keeping the 2,100-megawatt coal-burning behemoth in Arizona rumbling. The company's mine supplies coal to the plant.Included on the coal company's wish list was eliminating environmental requirements for reducing haze. Peabody also asked the government to push the plant's largest customer to continue buying its electricity instead of renewable energy.

In setback for TransCanada, judge orders Keystone XL pipeline review

Reuters | Posted onAugust 16, 2018 in Energy News

A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying the project’s construction and dealing the latest setback for Canada’s TransCanada Corp