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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 

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Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: Rice growing in a field. The California Air Resources Board is considering the state's first agricultural protocol for the cap and trade program. It would allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean-air goals. Photo credit: Matthew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rice farming in California is entering a new era. The Air Resources Board is considering a proposal to allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in the state's cap-and-trade market. The program will allow rice farmers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while creating new r ...Read More

PHOTO: Have some greens with that! Ohio's largest sustainable agriculture conference is expected to draw nearly 1200 people, for its lineup of expert advice about farming, growing, cooking and other ag-related topics. Photo credit: George Remington.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February. This year's theme is "Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio's Heart and Soil, ...Read More

PHOTO: Dallas is part of a group of the nation's largest school districts adopting an antibiotic-free policy for chicken served on cafeteria menus. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

DALLAS - The menu is changing - some say for the better - at some of the nation's largest schools, as chicken raised with antibiotics is getting the boot. The districts that are moving to "antibiotic-free" chicken are part of the Urban School Food Alliance. Its members include the Dallas Independen ...Read More

PHOTO: The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) makes grants and loan guarantees for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The reasons behind Iowa's rise to become one the top states for renewable energy are many, but one component that's played a leading role is the Rural Energy for America Program. REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to impl ...Read More

PHOTO: The nation's crop insurance program has gone from safety net to a farm policy disaster, according to a new series of white papers from the Land Stewardship Project. Photo credit: Paul Schultz/Flickr.

MANKATO, Minn. - Originally intended as a safety net against weather extremes for family farmers when established in the 1930s, a new analysis of subsidized crop insurance says it's putting the future vitality of small towns and rural Minnesota at stake. The report also says that by providing guara ...Read More

PHOTO: When it comes to Christmas trees, the trend in recent years has been an uptick in folks choosing "real" trees, according to the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

STREET, Md. - Holiday decisions include "real or artificial" when it comes to a Christmas tree. In Maryland, Wilma Muir, owner of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm, said more people have been choosing "real" in recent years. Muir sees nostalgia, "buying local" and awareness as among the reasons why. "It ...Read More

PHOTO: The FDA is taking comments on its redraft of key provisions in the Food Safety Modernization Act, but some small Ohio farmers say the revisions could hurt smaller producers. Photo credit: Kakisky/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With changes made to key provisions of the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), concerns are mounting the newly redrafted food safety rules could place an unfair burden on small, organic, and family farms in Ohio. Amalie Lipstreu, p ...Read More

PHOTO: Wisconsin's farmland is among its most valuable resources, and a new federal guide for sustainable ag practitioners has just been released with resources to help anyone engaged in land use. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin.

EAST TROY, Wis. – There are plenty of federal programs designed to help farmers, ranchers and other land users, but they have to know how to find the programs. The new federal funding guide for sustainable agriculture should help with that. “Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Co ...Read More

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