Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that 247 farm businesses from 46 states will receive nearly $25 million in grants from the 2014 round of the Value-Added Producer Grants program. The Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program awards competitive grants that facilitate the creation and development of value-added, farmer-owned businesses.
Taylor will update the industry on FSMA rulemaking process
Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will present the keynote address Wednesday, September 10 at the Breakfast General Session of The Washington Conference. Deputy Commissioner Taylor will provide an update on the FDA’s rulemaking for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA has proposed several rules under FSMA that could have significant impact on the fresh produce industry and the safety of our nation’s fresh produce.
The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy. Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020.
The National League of Cities commends President Obama's announcement to assist cities and towns in preparing for the impacts of climate change and building more resilient infrastructure to protect communities. The announcement follows the recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and will help cities adapt to the impacts of climate change while providing much-needed economic benefits.
At least 33 companies drilled 351 wells in 12 states using prohibited diesel fuels without required permits in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
The illegal injection of diesel fuel during hydraulic fracturing has continued over the last four years, despite repeated denials by the drilling industry, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). In its investigation, EIP also found troubling evidence that drilling companies have been changing and eliminating their disclosures of past diesel use from the industry self-disclosure database of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, called FracFocus.
Caribbean citizens celebrated this week as the Barbuda Council—part of the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda—signed a sweeping set of new ocean management regulations for Barbuda that zone its coastal waters, strengthen its fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries. These transformative regulations follow 17 months of extensive community consultation, scientific research, and dedication by the Barbudans with support by the Waitt Institute and its partners. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), which led the legal analysis and drafting for the project, played a key part in supporting this landmark achievement. According to ELI Ocean Program Co-Director Kathryn Mengerink, “Barbuda is an incredible place with a community dedicated to sustainably managing its important ocean resources. We had the opportunity to help draft the legal language—language that was based on the needs of the community, the function of the ecosystem, and the hard work of the Barbuda Council, the Waitt Institute, and the many partners who contributed to the Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative’s success.”