Conservation, Energy & Environment


California Bans Battery Cage Eggs As of 2015

July 8, 2010

The State of California will end the sale of eggs from out-of-state battery cage facilities beginning January 1, 2015. On Tuesday, July 6, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1437, which requires all sales in California of shell (whole) eggs for human consumption to comply with the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal […]

Say It Ain’t So Mr. Secretary!

July 2, 2010

One day.  Two House of Representatives hearings.  USDA schizophrenia. That is one of the story lines from Thursday, July 1. See here and here for  our earlier posts on Thursday’s Child Nutrition hearing and Conservation Program hearing. But now for the bigger, underlying story. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill needs to pass and needs to […]

House Subcommittee Hearing Reviews Conservation Technical Assistance

July 2, 2010

On Thursday, July 1, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research held a hearing to review the administration and delivery of conservation programs. Subcommittee Chairman Tim Holden (D-PA) emphasized the importance of accessible and efficient technical assistance for proper land management and implementation of conservation practices. According to the testimony from Steve […]

Ohio Agrees to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

July 2, 2010

On Wednesday, June 30, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohioans for Humane Farms, The Humane Society of the United States, and other parties announced a landmark farm animal welfare agreement.  This announcement came on the day that animal welfare activists were poised to submit 500,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State […]

FDA Calls for Comments on Antibiotics Use Guidance

June 29, 2010

On Monday June 28th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance entitled “The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals,” calling for public comment during the next 60 days. The use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, whether in people or animals, hastens the development of resistant microbes, including bacteria.  […]

Farmers Fly to Washington D.C. to Have Their Voices Heard

June 25, 2010

On June 23rd, 11 farmers from around the country flew to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard. NSAC hosted the Budget and Appropriations “Fly-In” at a critical juncture as the USDA prepares it’s budget proposals for the Fiscal Year 2012 and Congress starts work to finalize 2011 agricultural appropriations.  The farmers and NSAC staff […]

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in GE Alfalfa Case

June 22, 2010

On Monday, June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farm.  The ruling involved a challenge by the USDA and Monsanto to a federal court decision to impose a permanent and nationwide injunction on the commercial planting of “Roundup Ready” alfalfa, genetically engineered to resist the herbicide glyphosate […]

USDA Issues Assessment of Conservation Practices in Upper Mississippi River

June 18, 2010

On Wednesday, June 16, USDA announced the release of the report Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The report is a comprehensive look at the effects of NRCS conservation practices on about 190,000 square miles, including the large portions of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin […]

Controversial House Subcommittee Hearing on Crop Insurance

June 18, 2010

On June 17, in preparation for the 2012 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee held a hearing on U.S. farm safety net programs.  Jim Miller, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services testified along with Jonathan Coppess, Farm Service Agency, and Bill Murphy,  Risk Management Agency.  You can view […]

NSAC Issues New Fact Sheet on the Conservation Stewardship Program

June 14, 2010

NSAC has issued a new five page fact sheet on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The fact sheet reflects changes to the program made under the final rule issued on June 3, 2010 by USDA as well as other administrative changes affecting the current sign up now under way.  Farmers and ranchers wanting to enroll […]

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