The buzz about carbon credits has been a steady, but relatively low hum in my estimation. The discussion needs to be taken beyond the visceral, new-idea level where thoughts are cool from a political perspective until you dig into them on a logical and philosophical level.
From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to “create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.”...More
Within the next decade, the results of traditional and laboratory research could begin to remove one of the most ferocious disease threats to California’s grape industry - Pierce’s disease - vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) pest.
“We are almost there in bringing to market the first round of solutions for the Pierce’s disease problem,” said Robert Wynn, statewide coordinator for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)....More
California has much to celebrate when it comes to agriculture, and not simply the billions of dollars in gross farm receipts or the over $100 billion in economic activity created by agriculture each year....More
EPA is facing heavy criticism after releasing farm data from 30 states to the Natural Defense Council, Earth Justice and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The compliance of EPA to the FOIA request, and the subsequent release of the farm data, is glaring — especially when laid across the backdrop of EPA’s own FOIA controversy....More
The reversal of opinion by an environmentalist and writer who was instrumental in launching the anti-biotechnology movement in the 1990s has sent shockwaves through the environmental activist biosphere and beyond....More
Legislation was introduced in the Senate that would eliminate paperwork-laden redundancy in pesticide application permitting. EPA estimates the NPDES permit rule will cost states, localities and pesticide applicators $50 million and require one million hours to implement per year....More
January 18, 2013 was a big day as far as tax is concerned. In one development, the federal district court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction against the new IRS preparer regulations that had been in the works since 2011. Also, the IRS announced that the March 1 filing deadline for farmers that don’t pay estimated taxes has been moved back to April 15....More