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Category: Farm Bill
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Compromise and hardball politics earned Gov. Brown a big legislative win on climate change 20.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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The Energy 202: Jon Huntsman's Russia connections run through Chevron 20.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
His spokesman says he'll leave all boards.
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Morning Bits 20.7.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Morning Bits
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The Daily 202: Trump shows disdain for rule of law with new attacks on Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller 20.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Bunker mentality on display in New York Times interview.
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California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump 20.7.2017 AP Business
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California's vast San Joaquin Valley, the country's most productive farming region, is engulfed by some of the nation's dirtiest skies, forcing the state's largest air district to spend more than $40 billion in the past quarter-century to enforce hundreds of stringent pollution rules....
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A big win for bears and a big loss for bear farmers 20.7.2017 Washington Post
A big win for bears and a big loss for bear farmers
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Gov. Brown's climate change deal was a lesson in compromise that should be studied in the White House 20.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

One particular message to the agriculture industry was simple: You want Gov. Jerry Brown to be a friend or an enemy the rest of his term?

Friends will support his climate change legislation, it was made clear.

To business leaders: This legislation provides tax and regulatory breaks that you’ve...

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Congressional committee votes to allow destruction of wild horses 19.7.2017 Denver Post: Local
A Congressional committee vote on Tuesday amounts to a death warrant for the mustangs and wild burros that roam America's range land, an advocate for the animals said
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Could Congress put horsemeat back on the menu in America? 18.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • It’s taboo to eat horse in America. Anyone who wants to kill horses for human consumption in the United States will face plenty of obstacles — one of the biggest being Congress’ ban on Department of Agriculture funding for horsemeat inspections. But that may soon change: A panel in the House of Representatives has voted to lift restrictions on horse slaughter for meat. The amendment that banned funding for horsemeat inspections, which was tacked on to the annual USDA funding bill, w... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Federal officials order 15,000 new visas for low-wage workers 18.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump's "Hire American" rhetoric.

The action followed heavy lobbying from the fisheries,...

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Trump officials order 15,000 new visas for seasonal, low-wage workers 17.7.2017 Washington Post
The one-time increase in H-2B visas — which would be available to workers taking seasonal jobs in the seafood, tourism and other industries but not farm laborers — is a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric and follows heavy industry lobbying.
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Here's what to watch for in today's big showdown over cap-and-trade 17.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Here's what to watch for in the vote to extend California's cap-and-trade program 16.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
A breakdown in the key players in Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to extend cap and trade
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From small crimes, cousins allegedly move to killing 4 men 16.7.2017 AP Top News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two cousins charged in a gruesome crime spree that ended with police unearthing the bodies of four young men buried on a family farm started off committing small crimes....
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Cousins' lives escalate from petty crimes to alleged murder 15.7.2017 AP Top News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The cousins started small - break-ins, jewelry heists and traffic violations - but on Friday they were charged in a grisly crime spree that ended with police unearthing the bodies of four young men from two pits buried deep on a sprawling family-owned farm....
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A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp 15.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Meet your local hemp farmers. Mark Justh was a managing director for JPMorgan Chase in Asia. Dan Dolgin worked in counterterrorism for various agencies in Washington, D.C. Now the two are partners in the hemp business. JD Farms specializes in top-quality food products including baby greens, pasta and cold-pressed oil that are attracting notice from chefs and from Whole Foods Market. JD Farms in Eaton, about 30 miles southeast of Syracuse, is New York’s first legal hemp farm in more than 80 years...
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Could Congress put horsemeat back on the menu in America? 15.7.2017 Washington Post
A panel in the House voted to lift restrictions on horse slaughter for meat. Bring on the animal rights activists.
The Energy 202: Trump gets one thing right when it comes to energy and Russia 14.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The nation probably doesn't want to lose its exporting edge.
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Controversy, Questions Surround California's Listing of Weed Killer as Cancer Cause 14.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
California's official listing of the world's most widely used weed killer as a known carcinogen marks a milestone in what has been years of debate over the safety of the pesticide called glyphosate. But it by no means marks the end of controversy over the chemical, or arguments over what warnings -- if any -- should be placed on an herbicide that is a mainstay for US farming and for maintaining household lawns and gardens, city parks and school grounds. Officials with California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have until early April to work out guidelines for glyphosate product warnings before requirements for such warnings take effect in July 2018. At the same time, OEHHA continues to face a court challenge from Monsanto Co., which introduced glyphosate more than 40 years ago, and makes billions of dollars off glyphosate-based Roundup herbicides. The chemical, now off patent, is also active in hundreds of other herbicide products. "This is not the final step in the process... ...
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Op-ed: Court ruling voiding Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ law got it right and other states should copy it 14.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s “agricultural operation interference” law criminalized making recordings of agricultural operations and lying to gain access to farms. Several states have passed legislation similar to Utah’s, essentially imposing a gag order on people who seek and share information about commercial agricultural production. These “ag-gag” laws gained momentum in state legislatures around the country only after animal rights activists successfully entered commercial farming operations and exposed abuses oc...
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