Category Archives: Agriculture

It’s about Water, in the West it’s Always about Water

Do you trust the Federal Government to do the right thing on property rights and Land use?

Consider the Missouri Floods, caused by the Corps of Engineers, on purpose, or the CA Delta.

Now we have a dispute about a ranch in arid Nevada.

But it’s close to a tributary to Lake Mead impoundment.

Surface water and deep water. Endangered Species Act as a weapon to stop industry, business, oil and agriculture.

Think about it–who do you trust. And do not DO NOT trust the media accounts.

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Recycling food security

Food supply and security is one of those staples that seems to be immune to facts. Continue reading

GM crop debate

A discussion on the GM crops issues, featuring an advocate who is on the science and policy advisory group for ACSH.

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Organic produce stymied by green laws

Want to expand your green, organic food business by moving closer to a road? Not in Maryland when you have to tangle with the green laws. Continue reading

Proposed EPA agricultural pesticides rule built on junk science?

The EPA has proposed a rule making the requirements for agricultural pesticides applications more restrictive, requiring more worker training, limiting field entry and increasing the age workers can enter fields at certain times.  As usual, family members are not covered by the rule.  The basis for this rule seems rather farfetched. Continue reading

Better do _something_ with those cow farts.

Either release the methane into the air or burn it for energy. Otherwise…
(from the BBC):

German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf, Germany

Methane gas released by dairy cows has caused an explosion in a cow shed in Germany, police said. The roof was damaged and one of the cows was injured in the blast in the central German town of Rasdorf. Continue reading

Europe’s FDA sees “potential” problems with some insecticides. Potential. That’s like a big maybe…

[press release]

“Two neonicotinoid insecticides – acetamiprid and imidacloprid – may affect the developing human nervous system, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Experts from the Authority propose that some guidance levels for acceptable exposure to the two neonicotinoids be lowered while further research is carried out to provide more reliable data on so-called developmental neurotoxicity (DNT).”
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Maybe, just maybe, that whole ethanol/gasoline absurdity will fade away

The key reason ethanol is added to gasoline is very simple. Most of it is derived (in the US) from corn. Iowa, the first State in the Presidential election primary calendar grows lots of corn.
(To be sure, the so-called “oxygenation” additives to fuel have some, emphasize some, utility in reducing local air pollution in congested urban areas. But there are huge, make that HUGE, downsides to ethanol. Including massive increases in the price of food).

Now it’s starting to look like it’s losing some of its clout. Continue reading

Claim: Global warming causing crop pests to spread

A “convincing hypothesis”? Continue reading

Letter: Livestock density not a risk factor for MRSA to people without livestock contact

From a letter in the September 2013 issue of Emerging and Infectious Diseases: Continue reading

Farm Bureau: Science NOT convincing that climate change is manmade

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Texas Farm Bureau: Obama climate change plan scarier than climate change

Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau writes: Continue reading

Obama to rehabilitate Malthus: USDA ‘aggressively’ seeking ways to grow less food to save the climate

Obama wants to rehabilitate Thomas Malthus. Continue reading

Obama takes first steps toward regulating farmland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

“The USDA also will calculate the carbon content of farmland to determine which management practices boost soil quality and limit greenhouse-gas emissions…” Continue reading

EPA chief on flights over farms: Not ‘spying’ — just looking for farmer violations

During the ongoing Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on the EPA budget. Continue reading

EPA chief on spy flights: ‘Nothing to worry about if you’re not doing anything wrong’

During the ongoing Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on the EPA budget. Continue reading

EPA chief admits using piloted aircraft to spy on famers during hearing. Nebraska Senator calls EPA flights ‘wacky’, ‘rogue’

During the ongoing Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on the EPA budget. Continue reading

New EPA standards force farms to expensive upgrade generators

Farms use those generators to power large fans to cool cows and run other critical machinery. Continue reading

Ohio Congressman: EPA release of farmers’ personal information appalling

“This incompetent, or deliberate, release has placed the CAFOs and their owners at the risk of possible vigilantes.” Continue reading

Food Police: EPA should limit farmer use of weed killers

CSPI apparently wants EPA to go into farm management. Continue reading