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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

‘Agriculture’ Archives

A cornucopia of opinion on Obamacare

A cornucopia of opinion on Obamacare

      Obamacare will help drive down health care costs By Jill R. Horwitz and Helen Levy, Special to CNN (CNN) -- Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate, it's time to focus on what has always been a key goal of health reform: Controlling health care costs. No matter how you count it, health care spending is large -- and growing at a worrisome rate. In 2011, Americans spent $2.7 trillion on health care, almost ... Full Story

Biosolids Use is Not a Common Agricultural Practice

Biosolids Use is Not a Common Agricultural Practice

        Nitrogen fertilizers have been used for hundreds of years. Cover crops and legumes to enrich the soil, as well as manure have been used for at least a thousand years. But the residuals from waste water treatment plants, located in industrial urban centers, have only recently been applied to land and have caused serious problems beyond nuisance issues. Hundreds of sludge-exposed rural neighbors have gotten sick, some with life-threatening illnesses; ... Full Story

Biosolids vs Right to Farm

The previous article on Biosolids was submitted as an informative opinion essay. It is a general information article and does not indicate that Biosolids are, or are not, being used in Larimer County, Colorado. Had it done so, the article would not have been published unless the person(s) using the product also had a chance to respond and give their point of view. However, there are always other points of view and  a local agribusiness operator has requested that we provide a link to the ... Full Story

Don’t give me that … biosolid

Don’t give me that … biosolid

            By Scott J. Crossen, May, 2012     Welcome to rural America, where people travel from afar to absorb the vistas, views and fresh fragrances of wide-open spaces. This is country life and the air is filled with the aroma of hay, wildflowers, livestock fertilizer and … sewage sludge. Sewage sludge? Yes, otherwise known as biosolids. In the spring and fall, perhaps while running, biking or driving down a county ... Full Story

FSA Reminds Dairy Producers of MILC Program

FSA Reminds Dairy Producers of MILC Program Requirements (Denver, Colorado), March 5, 2012 – Trudy Kareus, Colorado Farm Service Agency, State Executive Director  reminds dairy producers that they must meet Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program requirements in order to maintain program eligibility in the event that prices drop and trigger a MILC payment. MILC compensates dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level. Eligible dairy producers can apply for ... Full Story

USDA Announces New Highly Erodible Cropland Initiative

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2012 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a new conservation initiative to protect up to 750,000 acres of the nation’s most highly erodible croplands. Vilsack made the announcement via video to attendees of the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, held Feb. 17-19 in Kansas City, Mo. The new initiative will assist producers with targeting their most highly erodible cropland (land with an erodibility index of 20 or greater) by enabling them to plant ... Full Story

Medicaid and Rural America

Medicaid and Rural America

Medicaid and Rural America Center for Rural Affairs analyzes benefits of Medicaid in rural areas Rural children increasingly reliant on public health insurance LYONS, NE - Medicaid protects long-term care for millions of seniors, helps people with disabilities live independently and provides health coverage that ensures children can see a doctor when they get sick. The Center for Rural Affairs released a new health care report today, entitled – Medicaid and Rural America – that ... Full Story

Proud of Cindy Domenico

Proud of Cindy Domenico

I am writing to compliment Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico on her outstanding leadership.  A few months ago a firestorm erupted in Boulder County over the use of GMO products on Boulder County Open Space.  At one extreme there were the usual corporate agriculture hacks who love to take shots at Boulder County and on the other was the anti-agriculture crusaders who want to live naked in the forest and eat nuts. In the middle of this storm was a handful of Boulder County ... Full Story

Udall Renews Call for Better Access to Mexican Markets

Udall Renews Call for Better Access to Mexican Markets

During National Potato Council Visit to D.C., Udall Highlights Efforts to Support CO Farmers During the National Potato Council's annual visit to Washington, D.C., today, Mark Udall advocated for continued pressure on Mexico to relax its restrictions on market access for U.S. agricultural products, speaking to approximately 125 potato farmers from across the country about some of his efforts to support the potato industry and Colorado's rural economies and agricultural ... Full Story

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food

      February 25, 2012 Local Berthoud Boy Scout Packs/Troops & Girl Scout Troops will be in your neighborhood to collect food for local families in need on Saturday February 25. Please fill a bag with any canned or non-perishable foods that you would like to contribute and leave it on your front porch before 8:30 a.m.  Saturday. Scouts will be by early Saturday morning to pick up donations and take them to the House of Neighborly Service for distribution for ... Full Story

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