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EcoFarm Conference 2018

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. -- The Carbon Farming Revolution will command front and center attention at the 38th EcoFarm Conference, Jan. 24 - 27th on the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA. Ow...
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CDFA seeks proposals on fertilizer use

SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting concept proposals for the 2018 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of ferti...
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A time of gratitude

WASHINGTON -- The following commentary is provided by Joan Ruskamp, Cattlemen's Beef Board Vice-Chair. On the heels of Thanksgiving and with Christmas just on the horizon, many of us are thinking about lists and what we are grateful for. Family, friends and good health are at the top o...
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National News


Brexit steals some of Britain's Christmas cheer

VILLEVENARD, France (AP) — Frederic Berthelot has eight hectares (20 acres) of vines on the slopes above this tiny village in France's Champagne region, his vineyard distinguishable from others in the area by the tiny rose bushes planted at the base of each vine. The roses are a bellwether for ...
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Reps call withdrawal of rules ‘indefensible’

WASHINGTON -- Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ron Kind (D-WI) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) issued a joint statement today on the USDA’s withdrawal of Obama-era Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rules.   “USDA’s decision to withdraw the Organic Livest...
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Roberts applauds decision on organic rules

WASHINGTON -- After years of challenging the rule, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)  
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New data on soil lost due to water

BASEL, Switzerland -- According to a new study by the University of Basel, the European Commission - Joint Research Centre and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH, UK), almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the pr...
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'Side project' turns into Christmas tree farm

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Paws wet from snow, Rip paced the cold concrete sniffing the line of Christmas trees kept dry in the snow-covered barn. The Brittany dog elsewhere patrolled the property as flakes fell among the spruce and firs, cedars and cypress — but Rip was welcoming visitors, not ...
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On the Lighter Side


People react to seeing their messages of love broadcast on huge screen

NEW YORK -- Improv Everywhere gave New Yorkers a chance to write a heartfelt card to their companion, at a booth titled "Light Up Someone’s Holiday." The surprise comes when their messages of love and compassion are lit up for the whole plaza to see. Click through to watch their reactions!...
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