Democrats urge Obama to take action in National Park struggle

Democrats urge Obama to take action in National Park struggle

WASHINGTON— Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to sidestep congressional Republicans who are blocking increased funding for the National Park Service and use his executive authority to expand the national park system. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Dina...

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

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.

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.

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Spraying with Dicamba? It could be illegal and deadly…

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.

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

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.

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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.

Super pollutants plague California, but regulation pushes forward

Several cities in California ranked highest for “super pollutant” exposure despite having some of the strictest air quality restrictions. Regulators must constantly experiment with new tools and legislation in order to keep pace with the state’s pollution emissions that result from a massive population and booming transportation and commerce industries. Other states and countries can learn from California’s trials and triumphs.

Texas facility could become site for country’s nuclear waste

A toxic waste storage facility in West Texas is one step closer to becoming the first private site for the country’s spent nuclear fuel, much of it highly radioactive. Waste Control Specialists, LLC, submitted a license application to be a temporary site while the Administration continues the decades-long search for a permanent facility.

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