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Archive for Month: August 2017

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Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change. By: Shannon Sims in Cameron Parish, Louisiana In 50 years, the region near where I […]

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Agriculture Secretary Perdue Details Response to Recent Wildfires

Release No. 0086.17 Forests and Grasslands in Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies Affected (Washington. D.C., August 21, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today outlined the U.S. Forest Service’s assets and responses to a recent outbreak of extreme wildfires over large parts of the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies.  […]

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Rep. Goodlatte picks up agriculture lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Aug. 17, 2017 Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has added the cream of the crop to his staff roster. Scott Bennett, formerly an agricultural lobbyist, is now Goodlatte’s legislative assistant. He’ll focus on agricultural issues for the congressman, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee. Bennett comes from Keys […]

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H-2A Contracts, Costs and Considerations

By: Jaci Schreckengost The H-2A program is a guest-worker program that allows people from other countries to come to the United States on a visa as agricultural employees for temporary, seasonal work. Many industries are beginning to use H-2A due to uncertainty over the domestic labor supply, says Fritz Roka, an […]

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Pomegranate Possibilities

By: Jaci Schreckengost Despite the fact there is still a lot to learn about the growth of pomegranates in Florida, researchers are continuing to see the possibility of this fruit as a citrus alternative. Bill Castle, who retired from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Citrus Research […]