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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 - A bipartisan group of 39 senators is calling on the EPA to produce a strong Renewable Fuel Standard when it releases its final rule setting 2017 blending requirements for ethanol and other biofuels later this year.
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - Just days after the Federal Aviation Administration released regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a House subcommittee heard about the agricultural possibilities of the devices more commonly known as drones.
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 - When biomass is heat-treated
using a process called torrefaction, the result is a charcoal-rich substance called
biochar. This (torrefied biomass) can improve the quality of poor soil...
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The EPA report that said glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans is simply (one step in the process) of the agency's review of the herbicide's health effects, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing.
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The Bureau of Land Management came under heavy fire today from Republicans in a House hearing that focused on the surging overpopulation of wild horses that are damaging rangeland that livestock producers depend on.
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - There's little that's new about congressional examination of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee gave it another try and found a few unturned rocks along the way.
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - The U.K. already
buys hundreds of millions of dollars of nuts, beer, wine, ethanol, seafood and
other agricultural goods every year from the U.S., and volumes are expected...
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 - A federal judge in Wyoming ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands, dealing another blow to President Obama's effort to tighten environmental regulations.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Board Chair for the National Soil Health Institute. In this interview, Buckner outlines a national effort to develop a standardized condition rating and testing for soil health. A standardized numeric value could help producers embrace agronomic practices, technology and cropping systems which could eventually be tied to risk protection plans and crop insurance as well as the overall value of farmland. With a common goal of advancing agriculture Buckner says the National Soil Health Institute is leading a chorus of farmers, scientists, farmers and industry toward better soil health and a stronger agriculture industry.