Trump Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

Trump Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

WASHINGTON – It was the battle of the experts at a Cato Institute forum: The Trump administration’s promise of a government-neutral energy policy will give an overdue boost to fossil fuel production, one energy expert said. But another responded that regulations...

Trump Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

WASHINGTON – It was the battle of the experts at a Cato Institute forum: The Trump administration’s promise of a government-neutral energy policy will give an overdue boost to fossil fuel production, one energy expert said. But another responded that regulations...

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Got milk? Possibly not for long if policies continue hurting dairy farmers’ bottom lines…

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the price of milk in June was about $15 per 100 pounds, or cwt — more than a 40 percent drop from 2014 milk prices. Meanwhile, the USDA estimated milk production costs were about $22 dollars per cwt.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Darrel Aubertine said many small family farms now face a difficult decision: sell the family dairy farm to larger dairy farms, borrow money from banks, or diversify their operations into other types of agriculture, such as growing crops.

Spraying with Dicamba? It could be illegal and deadly…

Farmers are waging a war against a weed commonly known as pigweed. Called amaranth by chemical companies who develop the herbicides to fight it, pigweed a leafy green weed that can grow up to six feet tall, is invading soybean fields throughout the southern United States. The only weapons against the weed are either costly, like hand-harvesting it, or illegal, like spraying soybean crops with Dicamba, says American Farm Bureau Federation Communications Officer Andrew Walmsley.

Millennial farmers and the reinvention of the family farm

WASHINGTON--Seth Squires is a second-generation dairy farmer in upstate New York. At 18, he is part of a new trend in farming: second and third generation Millenials who are choosing to continue their family’s tradition of farming -- with anything but traditional...

Put down the plow: the benefits of no-till…

Agricultural scientists are encouraging farmers to put down the plow and take up no-till farming in order to decrease the effects of carbon dioxide emissions on U.S. farms. But with no-till’s dependence on herbicides, can it really combat climate change without killing farmers and people in neighboring farms.

Debate over Clean Power Plan Turns Contentious in the House…

Rep. Joe Barton warned Wednesday that the 50-year-old Big Brown Power Plant near Fairfield and similar coal-fired power plants, could close within the next year or so due to strict new clean air rules. When that happens, he said, almost 500 Texans will lose their jobs.

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