Agriculture

"USDA Abruptly Purges Animal Welfare Information From Its Website"

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday abruptly removed inspection reports and other information from its website about the treatment of animals at thousands of research laboratories, zoos, dog breeding operations and other facilities."

Source: Washington Post, 02/07/2017

"As Trump’s EPA Takes Shape, Here’s Your Pesticide Cheat Sheet"

"In the final weeks and months of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs issued a flurry of reports on some of the country’s most widely used pesticides. Decisions made on the basis of these environmental and health assessments will likely determine the level of pesticide residue allowed on the food we eat. They will affect children’s neurological health and development, particularly in agricultural communities. They will determine how farmworkers are protected from pesticide exposures. And they will affect the fate of threatened and endangered species across the country."

Source: Civil Eats, 02/06/2017

"Judge Asked To Lift Hold On Yellowstone Dam And Protect Fish"

"U.S. officials are pressing a federal judge to lift his 2015 order blocking a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage on the Yellowstone River, warning that a rapidly-disappearing, ancient fish species faces a grim future with further delays to construction."

Source: AP, 02/03/2017

Getting Started on the Sustainable Ag Beat

There's a growing movement toward food production that factors in not only profitability, but environmental health and social equity as well. Our latest Reporter's Toolbox gets you started with some basic resources on the sustainable agriculture beat —who's doing research, finding local resources, tracking the chatter and more.

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