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2014-06-10 16:29:19

DAVIS, Calif., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new 2014 Farm Bill brought changes in conservation, commodity programs, crop insurance, rural development programs, loans, disaster programs, energy opportunities and much more. Many of these changes will take full effect in fiscal year 2015, beginning October 1, 2014. Interested farmers, ranchers, agencies and organizations are welcome to attend workshops to hear about these and other Farm Bill changes from four USDA...

2014-05-27 16:26:56

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust, which is devoted to farm and ranch land protection, today endorsed the launch of the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program calling on the farm conservation community to help implement the new policy. "AFT has long supported partnerships to encourage agricultural conservation practices and applauds the leadership of Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, who announced the...

2014-02-12 08:31:50

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust (AFT) expressed its disappointment today in a proposal by Governor Martin O'Malley to cut funding for farmland protection in Maryland in half, said Jim Baird, Mid-Atlantic Office Director for AFT. "Until now, Gov. O'Malley has supported full funding for farmland protection in Maryland, however, we are disappointed his budget proposal this year includes $23 million in cuts for the state's agricultural easements...

2014-02-04 16:30:14

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today hailed the passage of the federal farm bill, saying it includes his recommendations that fit the unique needs of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry. Congress passed the bill on Feb. 4. "Farmers and agribusinesses drive Pennsylvania's economy, with $68 billion in total economic impact annually," said Corbett. "I commend Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Glenn G.T. Thompson, for...

2013-07-09 16:30:00

Failure to consider public health in the formulation of agricultural policy has compromised the American nutritional environment by promoting the production and consumption of unhealthy foods Agricultural subsidies are responsible for making those processed and energy-dense foods that contribute to the American epidemic of obesity the most affordable options for consumers, concludes a new study led by Dr. Mark J. Eisenberg, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Lady Davis Institute at...

2013-07-05 11:13:47

The British landscape is not being used to its best advantage according to a new report from environmental economists from the University of East Anglia The British landscape is not being used to its best advantage according to a new report from environmental economists from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Research published today in the journal Science shows that allowing land use to be determined purely by an agricultural market, which is distorted by multi-billion pound...

2009-08-11 09:45:00

EU membership introduced environmental policy to Finnish agriculture and gradually taught dissenting branches of administration how to cooperate with each other. This was not achieved solely through steering by regulation; the associated learning process and its support in policy preparation and implementation were equally important.In her dissertation study Special Advisor Laura Kröger (M.Sc. Agr. & For.) from MTT charted how the environmental policy of Finnish agriculture has...

2008-09-19 15:00:37

By Anonymous We go to the grocery store and we assume the shelves will be fully stocked, the freezers overflowing with choices of food. Increases in the cost of some of our favorite foods recently have revealed just how vulnerable we are to changes in the food supply. A sensible farm policy is essential to ensure that food is available and affordable for all Americans. Congress moved closer last week to passing a farm bill, but issues still need to be hammered out and President Bush has...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.