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  • LETTER: Steve King for House majority leader

    06/17/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    With the departure of Eric Cantor as majority leader, it's time to replace him with someone with strong conservative values. My choice is Steve King of Iowa. Steve is not looking for votes, but is looking for solutions to problems.
  • Sheep Born With Two Heads in Saudi

    06/10/2014 4:02:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | June 10, 2014
    Each has two eyes and two mouthsSheep born with two heads in Saudi Arabia. (SUPPLIED) A sheep was born with two heads in Saudi Arabia and owner said it was one of the rarest cases he has seen, according to a local newspaper. The sheep was born at a farm in the southern Jazan province and it has one body but two heads, the Arabic language daily Sabq said. “It has one body but two fully growth heads each having two eyes and two mouths…it is one of the rarest cases I have ever seen,” farmer Abdo Jarab said.
  • Six legs tasty: First edible insect farm opens in US

    05/25/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 31 replies
    NewScientist via WorldNetDaily ^ | May 23, 2014 | Hal Hodson
    A TWITCHING mass of European house crickets clings to a maze of meshed cardboard in a tent about the size of a minivan. They are inside their new home, an abandoned warehouse in Youngstown, Ohio, where they will prosper until being killed, ground into "flour" and baked into cookies and tortilla chips. These are the first insects in the US to be farmed for human consumption. Big Cricket Farms, the company running the warehouse, is working with insect food start-up Six Foods in Boston, who will make the cricket chips (pictured right) – which they call "chirps" – and cookies....
  • When do Iowa Democrats talk like Steve King?

    04/06/2014 11:01:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    http://www.bleedingheartland.com/diary/6855/q-when-do-iowa-democrats-talk-like-steve-king | desmoinesdem
    Yesterday the Iowa House approved House Resolution 123, which requests "that all necessary and immediate action be taken by the State of California, the United States Congress, the United State Attorney General, state legislatures, state governors, and state attorneys general to effectuate the repeal of California legislation enacted as AB 1437 that unconstitutionally infringes upon the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States to the detriment of this nation's consumers and farmers." U.S. Representative Steve King has been on the warpath against the supposedly "unconstitutional" California law for some time.
  • Red-throated Diver bird kills off second phase of wind farm

    03/01/2014 4:35:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2/19/14 | Pilita Clark
    The UK’s renewable energy plans have been set back after the companies building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, London Array, ditched a second phase of the huge project, largely because of uncertainties about its impact on birds. **SNIP** Basking sharks and a rocky seabed helped kill off plans to build ScottishPower Renewables’ Argyll Array wind farm off the western coast of Scotland in December. That move came just weeks after RWE, a German power company, pulled the plug on its £4bn Atlantic Array offshore wind farm after saying the cost of overcoming technical challenges were “prohibitive” in the current...
  • Obama on Obamacare: A Woman Can Now Work on a Farm

    02/11/2014 2:12:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/11/14 | Jim Hoft
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  • Islamic group once tied to terror trial received thousands in farm subsidies, without...

    02/01/2014 5:27:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/01/14 | Emily Walker
    **SNIP** The subsidies to the North American Islamic Trust are just a slice of the questionable payments that, as has been well documented, go to millionaires and non-farmers every year. But as Congress moves to rein in the program, these subsidies stand out considering the group's involvement in the Holy Land Foundation case of 2008. During the trial, the group's farm subsidies stopped, only to be reinstated after a federal judge cleared them. Records show that since 1998, the North American Islamic Trust has received over $10,000 across 34 separate taxpayer-funded programs. NAIT's two relatively small land plots are tax-zoned...
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Nation of Islam Leader’s Home In Hyde Park Received $100,000 in Farm Subsidies ( Illinois )

    12/12/2013 5:17:53 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Your tax dollars at work… Millions of dollars in farm subsidies were given to city dwellers including over $100,000 to Louis Farrakhan in Hyde Park!
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm Forced to Close, Despite Not Being Provided

    10/04/2013 9:04:45 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    You Tube via Fox News ^ | 10-3-2013 | Greta VanSusteren
    First reported by the Washington Free Beacon Wednesday, Fox News' On the Record reported Thursday on the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which sits on federal land and was forced to close by the National Parks Service until Congress again funds the government. The government provides no resources for the farm's maintenance or operation.
  • Robots to Revolutionize Farming and Ease Labor Woes (Will this solve illegal immigration problem?)

    07/31/2013 7:20:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    TIME ^ | 07/31/2013 | Gosia Wozniacka and Terence Chea
    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California’s Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds. The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can “thin” a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand. The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization – fruits and vegetables destined...
  • 10 Reasons the Farm Bill Makes No Sense

    07/09/2013 5:37:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | June 18, 2013. | Chris Edwards
    Congress is gearing up to pass a major farm bill for the first time since 2008, and this year’s bill threatens to be much larger than the last one. Farm subsidies make political sense for many members of Congress. But they make no practical sense because they damage the economy, hurt the environment, and are grossly unfair. So in the hopes that the practical will prevail over the political, here are 10 reasons why both the House and Senate should go back to the drawing board with their legislation: 1.) The farm bill is far too costly. George W. Bush...
  • ‘When the Guy Comes with a Clipboard…’

    07/09/2013 4:31:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    http://pjmedia.com ^ | July 8, 2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “I can fight the bugs, I can fight the lack of rain, but when the guy comes with a clipboard what are you going to do?”, asks farmer who’s shutting down his business, thanks to the Obama FDA: Bessemer called it quits out of frustration with pending federal food safety regulations that likely will require farmers to very specifically track their produce and how it is handled from seed to sale, among other things. The new rules are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, sweeping changes within the Food and Drug Administration aimed at making our food system safer...
  • Cantor Scolds Committee Chairmen (Pork-Laden Farm Bill)

    07/09/2013 4:17:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 8, 2013 | Robert Costa
    In a tense, closed-door meeting today at the Capitol, House majority leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) scolded several Republican committee chairmen for voting against the farm bill that failed to pass the House last month. According to several sources, Cantor told the chairmen it was “unacceptable” for them to not vote together on final passage, especially since the leadership supported their amendments to the agricultural package. (snip) Near the end, Cantor coolly reminded them that the leadership is much more likely to usher their bills to the floor if they stick with him on votes.
  • The Farm Folly

    06/24/2013 12:49:45 PM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 4 replies
    FlashReport ^ | 6/21/2013 | Igor Birman
    I got to re-live an old childhood memory this week. Growing up in the Soviet Union, all three TV channels would cease regular programming from time to time to breathlessly announce a new five-year plan of government-imposed price controls, production quotas and intricate regulations. Despite the promises of plenty, only poverty followed, until national bankruptcy forced the five-year plan onto the ash heap of history, saving its future TV mentions only for late-night comedy shows. Or so I thought, until the House of Representatives took up the Farm Bill, in which it tied a reauthorization of the food-stamp program, itself...
  • House defeats farm bill amid bipartisan opposition

    06/20/2013 11:24:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 151 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/20/13
    <p>More than 60 House Republicans defected and voted against the half-trillion-dollar bill, which sets funding for farm subsidies and other assistance as well as food stamps.</p> <p>The vote was 234-195 against the bill.</p>
  • Harry Reid’s Ploy to Plow Through the Farm Bill

    06/06/2013 12:33:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Heritage ^ | June 6, 2013 | Rachael Slobodien
    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this morning on a measure that will effectively end debate on the misnamed “farm” bill, cutting off opportunities to fix the deeply flawed legislation. At a cost of a nearly $1 trillion — 80 percent of which goes to the food-stamp program — American taxpayers deserve a robust debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) won’t let that happen. This isn’t the first time Reid has pulled this stunt. His iron-fisted approach to running the Senate is one reason Americans hold Washington in such low regard and have a strong distrust of politicians....
  • 10 animals shot dead, 5 missing in Kentucky

    03/30/2013 4:31:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
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  • Newberry Springs [CALIFORNIA] Residents Angered Solar Farm Blocks Mountain Views

    03/29/2013 7:36:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    cbsla.com ^ | March 29, 2013 5:43 PM | gre mills
    NEWBERRY SPRINGS (CBSLA.com) — Newberry Springs residents are angered by the construction of a 27-acre solar farm they claim has ruined their views of the mountains. In 2010, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a property owner’s permit for a solar farm in the desert as a way to provide electricity to customers. Initially, locals weren’t upset about the idea because they were told the solar panels would be relatively small. “(The equipment) would only be 6 or 7 feet tall, they wouldn’t block the view,” said resident Dave Wood. When the original developers sold the property in...
  • A Brief History Of Secretary Salazar’s Failures At Interior

    01/23/2013 5:12:18 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 17, 2013
    With the imminent return of Ken Salazar to Colorado, and talk of his future political aspirations bubbling up in the papers, we thought it a good time to recount a brief history of Secretary Salazar’s failures at the Interior Department. ... First and foremost amongst Salazar’s fiascos is the BP oil spill. The Deepwater Horizons disaster is firmly etched in the American conscience as an example of bumbling incompetence and haphazard, if not non-existent, leadership. Salazar mucked up his role so badly that unnamed White House sources spanked him publicly in The Washington Post as an “erratic spokesman” who was...
  • Lawmakers push one-year extension of farm bill in bid to avert spike in milk prices

    12/31/2012 9:57:53 AM PST · by impimp · 61 replies
    www.foxnews.com/ ^ | 30 Dec 2012 | AP
    The leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But House leaders have yet to say whether they will allow a vote on it.
  • Sen. Franken to Senate Leadership: "Fiscal Cliff" Deal Needs to Include Comprehensive Farm Bill

    11/30/2012 8:24:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Political News ^ | 11-30-12 | PN
    In an effort to help farmers across Minnesota who are facing uncertainty because a new Farm Bill hasn't been passed by the House of Representatives, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged Senate leadership to include the bipartisan, Senate-passed Farm Bill in any deal brokered to address the nation's fiscal challenges. "Minnesota's farmers, livestock producers, and rural entrepreneurs support one in five jobs in our state, and they need a new Farm Bill so they can plan for next year," said Sen. Franken. "The Senate has passed a comprehensive Farm Bill that will give our farmers the stability they need, but...
  • Silos Loom as Death Traps on American Farms

    10/30/2012 3:26:59 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/28/12 | John Broder
    STERLING, Mich. — Tommy Osier, 18, a popular but indifferent student, was still a year from graduating from high school, and that was no sure thing. Farm work paid him $7.40 an hour, taught him discipline and gave him new skills. He had begun talking about making a life in farming...
  • Man eaten by hogs at Oregon farm

    10/02/2012 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 74 replies
    www.kptv.com ^ | 01 Oct 2012 | Staff
    COOS BAY, OR (KPTV) - An Oregon man trying to feed his 700-pound hogs was eaten by the animals Thursday, and sheriff's deputies are trying to determine what led up to his death. Terry Garner, who lived near the rural town of Riverton in southern Oregon, went to feed the animals on his farm at 7:30 a.m. When he wasn't seen for several hours, a family member went to look for him, and found Garner's dentures on the ground in front of the hog enclosure, which housed several of the animals. While searching the hog enclosure, the family member found...
  • 80% Of Trillion Dollar 'Farm Bill' Spent On Food Stamps, Not Farmers, Senator Say

    07/20/2012 12:49:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/20/12 | David James
    About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah 80% Of Trillion Dollar 'Farm Bill' Spent On Food Stamps, Not Farmers, Senator Says By David James July 20, 2012 Subscribe to David James's posts Last night, radio host Mark Levin interviewed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) about the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture agreement with the government of Mexico to “help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” which includes the US food stamp program. Sen. Sessions explained that the funding for this program came...
  • Feds foist chicken ID on frustrated farmers

    07/13/2012 2:39:54 PM PDT · by lward99 · 33 replies
    Times 247 ^ | 7-13-12 | Katherine Timpf
    Voter ID has gotten large amounts of media attention, but residents of rural areas are concerned about another identification issue that has remained largely ignored: chicken ID. ... The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules for Animal Disease Traceability, developed in August 2011, are now in their final stages. They require identification of farm animals, such as poultry and cattle, that cross state lines. Many farmers worry the rules would send them on a literal wild goose chase, forcing them to catch and hold down each bird to attach an identification tag. Read more: http://times247.com/articles/88feds-foist-chicken-id-on-frustrated-farmers6#ixzz20XcTgF3L
  • Farm parody of 'Sexy and I Know It' goes viral

    07/06/2012 6:07:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-6-12 | Roxana Hegeman
    WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and some friends were unwinding at a drive-in restaurant when LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" came on the radio. He groaned. But as the chorus droned on, the 21-year-old found inspiration. He switched "sexy" to "farming" as he began rapping. Then he started coming up with lyrics. It would be fun, he thought, to do a video parody with his brothers when he returned home to the family farm in central Kansas. Peterson said the brothers aimed the video at their city friends on Facebook because they "hardly knew...
  • Senate Passed Farm Bill

    06/22/2012 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 4 replies
    foxnews ^ | June22,2012 | Libertynotfree
    The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. The 64-35 vote for passage defied political odds. Many inside and outside of Congress had predicted that legislation so expensive and so complicated would have little chance of advancing in an election year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called it "one of the finest moments in the Senate in recent times in terms of how you pass a bill."
  • Government City Slickers and Those Hick Farmers

    06/19/2012 11:52:25 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-19-12 | CJ
    I came across an absurd USA Today story from last week that I just couldn't let pass without reacting to. From the very first lines I struggled to keep my jaw from dislodging from my face and falling to the dirt. Summertime can mean danger for children on farms. An 18-year-old Amish man died from oxygen deprivation and his 14-year-old brother was injured last month as they worked in a neighbor's farm silo in Pennsylvania. Also last month, a Maryland man and his sons, 18 and 14, died of asphyxiation while working in a farm manure pit. The federal government...
  • Barbour Backs Work Permits for Illegal Immigrants

    06/15/2012 11:19:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    WSJ ^ | 15 June 2012 | Neil King Jr.
    Top Republican Haley Barbour didn’t know it the time, but he unwittingly gave a robust endorsement Friday morning to the Obama administration’s surprise decision to give work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants working in the U.S. Speaking at a breakfast with political reporters before the news broke, the former Mississippi governor and onetime Republican Party chairman launched into a robust argument on how to fix the nation’s immigration system, a position he portrayed as sharply different from that his party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, and that of most other Republicans.“America is in a global battle for capital...
  • Animal Rights Legislation Would Make Eggs a Luxury Food

    06/01/2012 11:36:37 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/1/12 | Mindy Patterson
    One day soon, America could wake up to a dozen eggs costing $8 or more. And unless you are involved in some aspect of farming or agriculture, you would never know that egg prices are about to skyrocket or the reason why. With food prices already increasing due to high grain and fuel costs, extraneous so-called animal welfare regulations are being imposed on U.S. food producers, large and small, by the animal rights powerhouse known as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
  • Conservative groups (Tea Party) target farm bill

    05/29/2012 4:54:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/12 | Erik Wasson
    Conservative groups target farm billBy Erik Wasson - 05/29/12 04:40 PM ET Conservative groups have made it official — they hate the Senate farm bill and will push Tea Party fiscal hawks in Congress to defeat it. Heritage Action and Club for Growth on Tuesday told The Hill they will “key vote” the Senate farm bill that is coming up for passage in early June, punishing members on their annual scorecards for voting in favor of the bill. “We’re against it. We haven’t key voted it yet, but we will eventually. I suspect that fiscally conservative resistance will be high,...
  • U.C. police clear out Albany Occupy protest

    05/14/2012 8:47:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/14/12 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Police cleared out Monday morning the small group of protesters who had set up an urban farming camp in a patch of UC Berkeley agricultural research land in Albany. University police officers in riot helmets gave the protesters 1o minutes to leave the Gill Tract before they marched across the fields near Marin and San Pablo avenues at about 6:15 a.m. The handful of protesters who had not obeyed the police order were sent scurrying off the property and onto San Pablo, which is closed to traffic. Two protesters were arrested for trespassing after they disobeyed police orders to leave...
  • Protesters will end UC farm encampment

    05/12/2012 3:26:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/12/12 | Nanette Asimov
    Occupy the Farm protesters agreed Saturday to end their three-week encampment on UC Berkeley property in Albany, but rebuffed an invitation from the university to discuss how area can be used for both urban farming and for research. Instead, the several dozen protesters set up ladders to scale the fence UC had erected around the area along San Pablo Avenue known as the Gill Tract and said they will continue to tend the vegetables and fruit trees they've planted on two of the five disputed acres. As a result, the UC Regents said they won't drop the civil lawsuit they...
  • Occupy's farm goal pales against research effort

    05/11/2012 9:22:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/12 | Chip Johnson
    Message to the Occupy the Farm folk. Don't fence us in. Because when you trespass on another person's land and claim it as your own, you leave the rest of us law-abiding folk with very few options. The property owners can ask police to throw you off the land, they can throw you off themselves or present a legal argument to have you removed and barred from ever returning. UC Berkeley officials chose option three earlier this week, filing a lawsuit seeking an injunction to have more than a dozen protesters removed from the university's Gill Tract, a 10-acre research...
  • Labor Dept. withdraws farm child labor rule one day after Daily Caller report goes viral

    04/26/2012 6:06:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/12 | Paul Conner
    Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms. Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule. “The decision to withdraw this rule — including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ — was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of...
  • Labor dept. backs off rule to limit farm work by kids

    04/26/2012 6:04:27 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 112 replies
    MN Public Radio ^ | Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio
    The U.S. Department of Labor is withdrawing a rule that would have limited the sorts of work that children can do on farms.
  • Obama’s Attacks on the Family Farm Come Straight From Marxist Handbook

    04/26/2012 8:09:49 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 26,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is attacking the family farm – an American tradition. The administration’s Department of Labor implemented new regulations to restrict children from working on the family farm. This is despite the fact that farm accidents and injuries have decreased over the past several years. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Recently, Senator...
  • Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores (nanny state cont'd)

    04/25/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 115 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/12 | Patrick Richardson
    A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
  • What is it that’s so difficult about the farm bill?

    04/16/2012 10:26:39 AM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kenneth Dierschke, Texas Farm Bureau
    Everyone in agriculture knew there would be substantial cuts in the new farm bill. Most agricultural organizations had signaled that a “proportional cut” would be acceptable. We’ve realized that preserving the most essential element of the legislation – crop insurance – would be a realistic goal. Toward that end, the House Agriculture Committee had been working with what farmers believe is a realistic number – $23 billion in cuts to the farm bill, with $15 billion of it coming from the commodity title. Recently, the House Budget Committee threw out a new and completely unrealistic number of $181 billion in...
  • “Pretty Please” is Not Enough. Why FDA Should Ban Subtherapeutic Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

    04/16/2012 8:51:02 AM PDT · by Sopater · 4 replies
    Food & Water Watch ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Sarah Borron
    For decades, farmers have given livestock low doses of antibiotics in their feed to speed growth and prevent infection. And, for decades, scientists and public health officials have warned that this practice, known as “subtherapeutic use,” leads to the creation and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have grown more common both in people and in meat at the grocery store. Doctors encounter patients with infections that are harder to treat and last year, we saw a massive food recall—the third-largest recall of meat in USDA’s records—thanks to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in ground turkey.The FDA acknowledges there’s a problem, but has...
  • More Obama Regulations….This Time Attacking American Farmers

    03/22/2012 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 30 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-22-12 | Curt
    “If the federal government can regulate the relationshipbetween parents and their children on their own family’sfarm there is virtually nothing off limits” - Senator Jerry Moran Just when I thought Obama's big government couldn't get more intrusive we have this: (h/t Gateway Pundit and Allen Wall) The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in...
  • Obama’s Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms – Killing Farm Life

    03/21/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies
    gateway ^ | March 21, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm – an American tradition. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor. The Obama Administration’s rules are so strict they would...
  • Farm safety expert: Know what's in proposed child labor law

    03/15/2012 7:20:03 PM PDT · by dickmc · 1 replies
    Purdue University News Service ^ | February 21, 2012 | Jennifer Stewart
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Parents of children who work on the family farm or are in agriculture education programs should thoroughly review proposed changes to child labor laws so they fully understand how the new rules could affect them, a Purdue farm safety specialist advises. "Because the proposed rule changes are 51 pages long, I don't know that many people understand exactly what's being presented," Bill Field said. "The changes not only hold the potential for positive but also significant negative effects to youth less than 16 years old who seek employment or are currently employed in agriculture."
  • Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

    02/13/2012 11:25:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 107 replies · 1+ views
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 02-13-2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    The FDA has won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh, raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington region, after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines, and he told his customers he'll shut his farm down altogether. The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer's supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and who say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children. But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5...
  • Worse than Madoff? USDA biofuels investment goes bust

    01/06/2012 10:02:01 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | January 6, 2012 | Institute for Energy Research
    USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 millionWASHINGTON D.C.—Upon reports Tuesday that a USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 million, IER President Tom Pyleissued the following statement:“Apparently U.S. taxpayers have yet to discover life after Solyndra. Today’s announcement that a USDA-backed biofuels plant has been sold for pennies on the dollar—at a loss of nearly $60 million to U.S. taxpayers —further underscores the point that the federal government should not be in the venture capital business.The Bush administration secured the Range Fuels loan, and the Obama administration doubled down on the...
  • Back to the future.

    12/09/2011 5:10:03 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 5 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | 12-8-2011 | Brother Rat
    Revisiting the resilient lifestyle… Things finally collapse, and you go to the basement, start digging out survival gear and freeze dry food. You gather the family around the radio, shotgun in hand and begin worrying about how long the “stuff” will last. OR You get up at six AM as usual, open a bag of your favorite coffee, mixing it 50/50 with the chickory root you gathered in the summer. Opening the spout on the Big Berkey water filter, you fill the percolator you picked up at a yard sale, for 2 bucks. You set the coffee on the woodstove...
  • Farmers already forecasting 2012 losses (Texas)

    11/11/2011 6:31:19 PM PST · by Racehorse · 16 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | William Pack
    Texas needs rain — and needs it quickly — to keep farmers and ranchers from suffering even bigger losses next year from the drought that already has left them with record-breaking losses this year, producers said Friday while in San Antonio. Corn growers in Texas could encounter even bigger losses in 2012 after seeing output fall by 40 percent this year; and rice plantings, which fell by only 2 percent this year, could be cut nearly in half if more water does not become available soon, officials said. “It could drive us to acreage levels we've probably not seen in...
  • VANITY - NC Barn Wedding

    10/21/2011 11:32:50 AM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 28 replies
    Palin Hung in Effigy ^ | October 21, 2011 | God'sgrrl
    Firstborn is getting married! So yesterday I visit the venues, she wants to be married on a farm with a barn. What do I see at the venue I prefer? In the office, a Sarah Palin bobblehead hung in effigy. Can anyone suggest a farm/venue between Winston and Durham? I would like to patronize a conservative.
  • Farmers Encouraged to Comment on DOL Proposed Rules (prohibits most farm employment nder 16)

    10/07/2011 11:44:25 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 35 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | October 5, 2011 | Greg Henderson
    --snip-- .. Labor Dept. announced proposal that would help ensure the safety of youth on farms. But,...as farm advocates claim (they) are far too restrictive. “Here’s what the government thinks is common sense,” says Craig Anderson, Agriculture Labor and Safety Services division manager at the Michigan Farm Bureau. “Eliminate work to protect workers. If you don’t work, you can’t be hurt on the job. Who can argue with that?” --snip-- “The DOL assumes that youth under age 16 lack the ‘cognitive ability’ to herd animals on horseback, use battery-powered drills, put hay bales on a bale elevator or use any...