Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The new EPA scientific integrity czar has spent a lifetime espousing the separation of politics and science-based policy. And she’s coming into an agency with what some would argue a predisposition for regulatory overreach and a politicization of the regulatory process.

Although I'm sure it's been the source of family feuds, nothing brings people together like food. Cheese diplomacy and other dairy news tidbits.

Court rules W.Va. poultry farm is exempt from the NPDES permit requirement of the Clean Water Act. And that's good news for all livestock farmers.

Food is now prime-time. That's right, food fanatics around the country have turned food into fodder for water cooler, as well as kitchen table, conversations.

Vandals from the Iowans for Animal Liberation dowsed the Iowa State Fair’s butter cow with red paint symbolizing blood, and wrote “Freedom for All” on the glass display window.

Congressional appropriations to R&D of the National Institutes of Health totaled nearly $31 billion in fiscal year 2012. Ag research got a paltry $277 million.

Editor Susan Crowell on the precautionary principle: Public perception of risk can certainly be different than a scientific assessment of risk, but I’m not sure my perhaps-ignorant perception should hamper scientific inquiry.

Editor Susan Crowell wonders if we've learned anything from past farm bill wrangling.

Political or dysfunctional. Take your pick for describing the U.S. House of Representatives’ actions when the farm bill came up for a vote on the floor.

Every youth could benefit from hearing from you, and I can think of no greater lesson you could share than the passion you each bear for your own life’s work.
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