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Bills Offer First Energy Policy Advance in 10 Years; Boost to Farm Energy Programs

Legislation currently pending in Congress offers a path to the nation’s first major energy policy breakthrough in 10 years, while another measure would strengthen renewable energy and energy efficiency programs important to rural America. On the broader scale, S. 1460, … Continue reading

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Congress Should Sustain Support of Ag and Forestry Adaptation, Mitigation Practices

The debate underway in Congress this week on disaster relief spending in the wake of Hurricane Harvey has, as could be expected, raised contentions that the storm, which produced the most severe rain event in U.S. history, can be attributed … Continue reading

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Federal Climate Report Demands Action, Not Debate Over Semantics

Two events have conjoined on the national stage this week, serving to underscore the reality that climactic conditions continue to pose new challenges to agricultural and forestry producers that are working to adapt to those changes, and it has reinforced … Continue reading

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States, Cities, Businesses Will Fill Void Left by U.S. Abdication from Paris Pact

President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the global climate change agreement marks a disappointing abdication of this nation’s leadership role in meeting the challenges of the very real changing climatic conditions that pose undeniable threats to … Continue reading

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USDA Re-Organization Must Align with 21st Century U.S. Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s plan for reorganizing USDA, which is now subject to a public comment period that ends June 14, would create an under secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, realign department agencies under an under secretary … Continue reading

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Obama Remarks Short-Change Ag and Forestry Roles in Combating Climate Change

Recent comments on agriculture’s role in climate change made by former President Obama at a conference in Milan this week were, at best, disappointing. At a “Seeds and Chips” conference, which gathers policy makers, investors and technology interests to discuss … Continue reading

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U.S. Needs to Stay Engaged in Global Climate Agreement

Reports circulating around Washington indicate a decision is coming from the White House soon to determine whether President Trump will keep the United States engaged in the global climate agreement reached in Paris 16 months ago. During his election campaign … Continue reading

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Out-of-Touch Federal Policies Will Not Deter Growth of Clean Energy

Seeking to weaken EPA’s authority to regulate carbon, while boosting domestic energy production from fossil fuels, President Trump this week signed an executive order that suspended, rescinded or flagged for review more than a half-dozen standing regulations and other measures. … Continue reading

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Perdue Confirmation Hearing Underscores Role of Ag in the 21st Century

Today a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, is finally taking place. Assuming he is eventually confirmed by the Senate, he will take the helm of a federal agency whose constituencies and … Continue reading

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MN Water Initiative Reflects Multiple Benefits of a 25x'25 Future

This week, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced a proposal aimed at improving the state’s water quality by 25 percent by the year 2025. Given that water quality in the state is currently on track to only improve by about 8 … Continue reading

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