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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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EPA Decision Offers Potential New Pathway for Meeting Vehicle Efficiency, Emission Standards

Yesterday, EPA announced its decision on whether the corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards adopted by the Obama administration for model year 2022-2025 light vehicles are “appropriate.” Not surprisingly, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt said they are … Continue reading

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NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program

Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first time, delegates approved plans to establish an agricultural work program. What that meant is that representatives of nations … Continue reading

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Ag Day Recognizes Sustainable Production of Food, Feed, Fiber, Energy, Ecosystem Services

Today marks the 45th annual celebration of National Agriculture Day, which, as a White House proclamation states, acknowledges “the tremendous work ethic, ingenuity, determination and perseverance that define generations of American farmers. Because of their efforts, the United States produces … Continue reading

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Nebraska Event Shows Where Agriculture is Heading in 21st Century

Earlier this month, Jerry Vap, a member of the board of directors of Solutions from the Land, the 25x’25 Alliance’s parent organization, addressed a “Bird & Pollinator Friendly Solar Day” program in Kearney, NE. Vap was part of a workshop … 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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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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