Agriculture

"Bird Flu Cases Revive Fear Of Repeat Of Major 2015 Outbreak"

"The detection of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm has poultry farmers stepping up security in an attempt to prevent an outbreak like the one in 2015 that required the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys in the Midwest. The appearance of milder forms of bird flu at a Wisconsin turkey farm and another Tennessee chicken farm has heightened concern."

Source: AP, 03/10/2017

"Budget Cuts at NOAA Threaten Climate-Monitoring Satellite Program"

"Later this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to launch the JPSS-1 satellite. Completing a polar orbit 14 times each day, it will give NOAA an unprecedented amount of infrared and atmospheric data – information that’s necessary to keep weather forecasts, agricultural outlooks, and disaster plans accurate as Earth’s climate warms."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 03/09/2017
March 20, 2017

DEADLINE: NPF Farm to Table Fellowship

This National Press Foundation  expenses-paid fellowship, May 14-17, 2017, will take U.S.-based journalists to Des Moines, Iowa to learn about food labeling, growing methods, GMOs, pesticide and herbicide use, agriculture research, antibiotics, organics, sustainability and government policy. Deadline: Mar 20.

"Trump Seeks To Quell Ethanol Industry Worry As Pruitt Enters EPA"

"President Donald Trump on Tuesday assured ethanol industry advocates of their importance in U.S. energy strategy in an apparent bid to quell concerns over potential changes to policies that mandate the use of such renewable fuels."

Source: Reuters, 02/22/2017

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