STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Oil Changing Albedo
Several individuals have inquired in recent weeks asking if the oil in the Gulf of Mexico will impact the weather or hurricane development. More specifically will the oil change the albedo (amount of... Posted on 6/16/10 at 4:49 AM
Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. has paid a $24,943 penalty and taken corrective actions to reduce air pollution from emissions at its East Grand Forks facility, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says.
WASHINGTON — The National Grain and Feed Association is urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to make dramatic changes to reduce the size of the Conservation Reserve Program, which is currently authorized to pay farmers to idle up to 32 million acres of farmland.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. beef industry is diverse, with a presence in all 50 states. Despite that diversity, we all have common goals of raising healthy beef in an environment free of overly burdensome government interference and to pass down successful operations and healthy natural resources to future generations.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 17 that the Obama administration had reached agreement with the state of Minnesota to help farmers try to achieve regulatory “certainty” on water issues was part of a two-day tour that appeared intended to bolster the administration’s standing in the rural Midwest as President Obama seeks re-election.
An ethanol cooperative in southern Minnesota has pleaded guilty to making false statements under the Clean Air Act. Corn Plus of Winnebago was fined $450,000 and placed on three years probation today in federal court. Conditions of probation include internal compliance monitoring systems and company-wide training requirements.
The subsidy, free insurance that would cover farmers' "shallow crop losses" before their paid insurance kicks in, has been pushed by corn and soybean farmers who could benefit the most from the program. It would replace for the most part several other subsidy programs, including direct payments preferred by Southern rice and cotton farmers.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The U.S. House is preparing to vote on legislation that would set a nationwide standard for cleansing ship ballast water to kill invasive species and prohibit states from setting their own policies.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday he will sign a bill that enhances incentives for waste-to-energy plants, disappointing Maryland activists who had urged him to veto the measure because they said it treats waste burning the same as wind and solar energy for the purposes of meeting environmental goals.
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