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Hog Farmer Running for Sheriff in defense of food

Mark and Jill Baker - Photo Credit: Molly PetersonThe Virginia-based Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense fund is telling the story of farmers fighting government over food policy rights. This story is truly remarkable. Who would have thought that someone would have to run for Sherriff to protect his rights on the farm.

When heritage breed hog farmer Mark Baker was going through his four-year battle against the state of Michigan over his challenge to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Order (ISO), he contacted Missaukee County Sheriff James Bosscher, seeking Bosscher’s help over the harassment he was undergoing from DNR and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). The sheriff refused to help Baker, a retired military veteran, not lifting a finger for him throughout the entire ordeal. Baker is now running for sheriff against Bosscher as an independent write-in candidate on the ballot. There is no opponent for the Democratic Party in the race.


Surfrider Chapter Network Continues to Increase Stewardship and Leverage Citizen Science to Ensure Clean Water for Public Health

Surfrider releases its Clean Water 2015 Annual Report showing more than 70% of water samples being safe to swim in

The Surfrider Foundation released its fifth Clean Water 2015 Annual Report which illustrated meaningful growth in its two programs - Ocean Friendly Gardens and Blue Water Task Force - that are effectively reducing ocean pollution so it is safe to surf, swim and play in the ocean.  As demonstrated in the case studies from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Kaua'i, Hawaii, Surfrider Foundation volunteers are educating their communities on how to help protect ocean water quality. Surfrider chapters are leveraging "citizen science," which the Obama Administration has been encouraging since September 2015, to test the water, identify water quality issues and to work collaboratively with local partners to protect public health and clean water along the coastlines.


$19-Billion North Anna 3 Reactor in Virginia Proceeding Unlawfully


Petition Filed With State Corporation Commission by Virginia Citizens Consumer Council

The utility Dominion Virginia Power is proceeding unlawfully with plans for the more than $19-billion North Anna 3 reactor and must get formal approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (VSCC) before it can continue, according to a petition filed today with the Commission by the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council (VCCC).


State Corporation Commission Ruling Could Open the Door for Virginia’s Solar Market

Decision Upholds Rights of Customers to Use Third Party Financing for Solar Installations after Utility Tried to Block Access

Yesterday a hearing examiner at the State Corporation Commission issued a major ruling in favor of solar rights, confirming that Virginia law gives customers the right to use third party financing for rooftop solar. If the commission upholds the ruling this fall, the decision will open up Virginia markets to new solar businesses and jobs and make solar power more accessible for residents.


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