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Proposed House Farm Bill Falls Short in Properly Underpinning 21st Century Agriculture – updated

Editor’s Note: This update of our blog clarifies the amounts and conservation program targets of funding reductions called for in the House farm bill legislation. As U.S. agriculture makes its way well into the 21st century, the sector finds itself … Continue reading

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Agroforestry Can Offer Greater Land Resiliency, Productivity, Profitability

More than ever, farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in this country are being challenged to meet food, feed, fiber and fuel demands in the face of uncertain and changing climate conditions, including the volatile weather-related conditions – tornados, drought, flooding, … Continue reading

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Indiana-Based Co-Op Demonstrates Clean Energy Leadership, Foresight

Wabash Valley Power, an electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative based in Indianapolis, this week demonstrated clean energy leadership and foresight, signing off on a 30-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to be the sole buyer of electricity from a 99-megawatt … Continue reading

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Even Amidst Drama, RFS, Utility Survey Shows Strength of Renewables

The continuing drama taking place in Washington this week over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) underscores a basic truth in the energy world: Certainty of policy generates growth and benefits consumers. After more than four months, the nomination of former … Continue reading

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NACSAA Reaffirms Commitment to Enhance Adaptive Capacity of North American Agriculture

A gathering this week in Washington, DC, of leaders from more than 30 leading farm and sustainability organizations from across the continent has reaffirmed their commitment to enhance the adaptive capacity of North American agriculture. The meeting, held at the … Continue reading

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FERC Rejection of Perry ‘Resiliency’ Proposal Renews Focus on Value of Renewables

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reached the right conclusion this week in rejecting a DOE proposal to essentially subsidize money-losing coal-fueled and nuclear power plants. The five-member panel also rendered its decision forcefully, voting unanimously in finding existing market … Continue reading

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Congress Needs to Restore Tax Breaks for ‘Orphan’ Renewables

As Congress ratchets up its ongoing budget battles – the continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires Jan. 19 – clean energy advocates of all stripes must hold lawmakers to their longstanding promises to renew tax credits for … Continue reading

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Dropping Climate Threats from National Security Strategy Is Nonsensical

On Monday this week, the White House released a new National Security Strategy, a statutorily mandated document that outlines for the American public, U.S. allies and partners, as well as the federal agencies, what the nation’s major security concerns are, … Continue reading

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U.S. Has Innovation, Determination to Return to Top of Global Clean Energy Market

Early on, the Trump administration announced with some fanfare its “America First” energy initiative, promising to take advantage of the nation’s untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands. The White House also expressed a very … Continue reading

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Clean Energy Advocates: Tell Congress to Stop BEATing Up on Renewables

For all of the bipartisan goodwill that was on display at the end of 2015 when Congress reauthorized and extended multiple tax credits for renewable energy technologies, it is disappointing to now see so many lawmakers willing to renege on … Continue reading

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