EPA said late last year it would require coal plants, refineries and other heavy industrial facilities emitting more than 25,000 tons a year of greenhouse gases to obtain permits demonstrating they were using the best available technology to reduce emissions.
The advanced biofuel industry is pressing Congress to approve a 30 percent investment tax credit that it says is needed to help jumpstart production necessary to meet a national renewable fuel mandate.
The scrapping of the national animal identification (ID) system in the U.S. simply means that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recognizes that some things can be better handled on a state-by-statenot nationalbasis, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President Phil Seng.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and USDA announced Feb. 23 the agenda and panelists for the first joint public workshop, scheduled for March 12 in Ankeny, IA, to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The workshop will take place at the Des Moines Area Community Colleges FFA Enrichment Center.
Cumulative grid premium rewards for hitting the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand target stood at nearly $300 million at the end of last year, and they keep growing at an annual rate of about $25 million paid to producers. Thats the fiveyear average, according to a January 2010 survey; the second-highest total for that span was 2008, with $25.
The House Agriculture Committee voted unanimously last Wednesday to tell the House Budget Committee not to cut any agriculture programs in the fiscal year 2011 budget, but House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, D-MN, said he will still move forward with his plan to consider cuts if Congress should go through the reconciliation process.
World weather agencies have agreed to collect more precise temperature data to improve climate change science, officials said last month as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged environment ministers to reject efforts by skeptics to derail a global climate deal.
The Kansas Animal Health Board has named accomplished veterinarian and retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. Bill Brown as the states new livestock commissioner. He will replace George Teagarden, who will retire in May after 16 years in the position. Brown will assume his new role March 8.
Lee Jarvis, Spanish Fork, UT, has been selected to serve as the Region VI representative on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board. This region is comprised of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
Special BSE clinics are going to be held as follows: March 8 at Barry County Vet Services, Cassville, Dr. Voyd Brown; March 10 at Dake Veterinary Clinic, Miller, Dr. Chuck Dake; March 11 and 12 at Countryside Animal Clinic, Aurora, Dr. Mike Bloss; and March 17 at Rick Turner Farm, Taneyville, Dr.