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Little distinction between animal and human to abusers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Editor: I read comments recently by local resident and preservationist Stevie Halverstadt. She spoke of the importance of upholding the laws and described a society without them as “lawless.” I use this same example when speaking of laws surrounding the cruelty and neglect of animals. People often say to me “you must really love animals.” […]

Variable subsidy for ethanol better for producers and government

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A variable subsidy for ethanol producers could cost the government less and provide more security for producers than current fixed rates, according to a Purdue University study. A variable subsidy rate would insulate producers from risk because as oil and ethanol prices drop, the subsidy for producers would increase, said Wally […]

U.S. faces big challenges in growing biofuels infrastructure

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ramping up biofuels production to replace fossil fuels and provide a significant portion of the nation’s energy will require nothing short of a transformation of the U.S. agricultural, transportation and energy sectors in the next few decades, according to a bioenergy expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Major changes […]

Beef conference was positive

Monday, August 23, 2010

Editor: There seems to be a great deal of commentary about what took place during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference and about what National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) may or may not be doing to, or for, the beef industry. I do not know from where this information is coming, […]

Reader: Politicians are parasites

Monday, August 23, 2010

Editor: Election time is just over the horizon, and the political candidates are busy promising us everything under the sun. Promises they could keep, but probably won’t, promises impossible to keep. They tell us they just want to serve, but if that be true, why don’t we have a four-lane highway in Morgan County? Morgan […]

Scientists improving flavor of produce

Monday, August 23, 2010

DAVIS, Calif. — Remember when every bite of store-bought produce was succulent? Today’s youth in America have a different experience with store-bought fruits and vegetables — sometimes they’re yummy and juicy, sometimes they taste like chalk. That doesn’t help a parent to persuade a child to try an unfamiliar food. Problem “It’s a problem, because […]

Survey gauges N.Y. farmers’ feelings on converting to organic farming

Monday, August 23, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced the results of a survey that asked conventional farmers about their level of interest in transitioning to organic agriculture. The survey, conducted in conjunction with the New York Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, found that 40 percent of conventional farmers who […]

Bayer agrees to discontinue use of pesticide aldicarb

Friday, August 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Bayer CropScience, the manufacturer, have reached an agreement to end use of the pesticide aldicarb in the U.S. A new risk assessment conducted by EPA based on recently submitted toxicity data indicates that aldicarb, an N-methyl carbamate insecticide, no longer meets the agency’s rigorous food safety standards […]

U.S. agricultural equipment exports up compared to 2009

Friday, August 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Exports of U.S. agricultural equipment have increased each quarter of 2010, with midyear shipments totaling $4.9 billion, a gain of 4 percent compared to January-June 2009, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Reader: Dividend tax is unjust

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Editor: A friend asked me recently, “Did you know that there are more pages in the U.S. Tax Code than there are pages in all the publications in the Library of Congress?” I was not surprised, just outraged, like we all should be. I won’t preach to the guardians of our unholy federal tax system […]


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