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2010-03-23 14:17:00

Bill Markup Set for Tomorrow by Senate Agriculture Committee WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifteen conservation groups oppose cutting more than $2 billion dollars from the largest of USDA's working lands conservation programs, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), to pay for a child nutrition reauthorization bill drafted by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up the bill and...

2010-03-18 11:28:00

EDF Urges Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman to Find Alternative Ways to Pay for Worthy Legislation WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) yesterday introduced a child nutrition bill that would cut more than $2 billion from the largest of USDA's working lands conservation programs, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), according to a leading conservation group. As a result of EQIP's nationwide...

2010-03-03 10:10:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Range Fuels, Inc., a company focused on commercially producing low-carbon biofuels and clean renewable power, today announced that it had received a loan note guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and closed its related $80 million bond issuance. The proceeds from the $80 million bond will be used to partially finance the first two phases of construction of Range Fuels' first commercial cellulosic biofuels plant using renewable and...

2009-04-03 11:22:00

$96,400 in Federal Grants Announced for Farm Markets, Stands in 27 Counties HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania farmers markets and farm stands that market fresh, local produce directly to consumers received a boost today as Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff announced federal support for 39 projects in 27 counties that will increase participation in food assistance programs and help farmers remain viable in tough economic times. The state-administered,...

2009-02-10 13:11:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance to Save Energy said today it is encouraged that the Senate has passed its version of economic recovery legislation that would invest some $30 billion in energy efficiency to advance the nation's critical job-creation and greenhouse gas reduction needs. The Alliance added, however, that it is looking to the upcoming House/Senate conference committee to restore additional urgently needed funds for energy efficiency programs....

2009-02-05 09:56:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chrysalis Energy Partners announced today the opening of its new strategic consulting firm which will provide advice to businesses, investors, universities, non-profit organizations and governments on the expanding opportunities in the renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. Chrysalis will develop and guide client strategies to successful outcomes while providing counsel on government sector, public-private and private-private partnership...

2009-02-02 13:00:00

Financial health of family farmers critical to successful economic recovery SOMERVILLE, Mass., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Congress negotiates the second installment of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and debates the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), Farm Aid and farm advocates from across the country today outlined the important contributions family farmers make to the U.S. economy and the federal actions that are necessary to protect agriculture economy...

2009-02-02 13:53:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today hailed the announcement made jointly by the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) to release up to $25 million in funding for research and development of biofuels, including aviation biofuels. ATA, a founding and principal member of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), has been working to...

2009-01-19 09:30:00

BROOMFIELD, Co., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Range Fuels, Inc., a company focused on low-carbon fuels and the production of cellulosic ethanol, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the company a conditional commitment for an $80 million loan guarantee to assist construction of Range Fuels' commercial cellulosic ethanol plant near Soperton, Georgia, the first phase of which is under construction and on track to begin production in 2010. The loan guarantee is...

2009-01-15 16:14:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking public comments on the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/HFRP/ProgInfo/Index.html)(HFRP). The HFRP was signed into law as part of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_bills&docid=f:h1904enr.txt.pdf ) (105kb PDF) and was reauthorized by the...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'