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Water Protectors Rally in Support of Efforts to End the Dakota Access Pipeline

Following a federal court's ruling last week on unlawful permits, Indigenous leaders continue push to end Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, in coordination with the D.C.- based Rising Hearts Coalition, the Hip Hop Caucus, and Earth Justice, among other Water Protectors rallied today at the U.S. District Courthouse in support of Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne Sioux Tribes, as they seek to end Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Iconic Grizzly Bear To Lose Federal Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will remove the Yellowstone-region grizzly bear population from the federal endangered and threatened species list. The decision will allow bear hunting even though the region’s grizzly population has suffered high levels of human-caused mortality in recent years.

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Secretary Sonny Perdue Wants to Kill Farmer's Market Funding in New USDA Budget

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) calls on Secretary Perdue to use his position to influence the budget changes to make a better impact for farmers and ranchers during the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing regarding USDA’s budget request on June 13, 2017. Photo credit: USDA, Preston Keres.On Tuesday, June 13, shortly after appropriators received a letter from nearly 600 organizations, businesses, and local governments opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plan to eliminate its Rural Development Mission Area, the Secretary of Agriculture returned to Capitol Hill to once again defend his plans for a Departmental reorganization. This week, the Secretary was before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which along with its analog in the House, determines discretionary funding levels for USDA and its programs.

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Perdue Statement on Sugar Agreement with Mexico

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement regarding a new agreement between the United States and Mexico regarding the importation of Mexican sugar.  The U.S. Department of Commerce has been reviewing a 2014 agreement with the government of Mexico and the Mexican sugar refiners that suspended anti-dumping and countervailing duties on the import of Mexican sugar into the U.S.  This 2014 Suspension Agreement contained limits on the amount and type of Mexican sugar that could be imported each year.  The original date to reach a new agreement was Monday, June 5, 2017, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross extended the deadline to today, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

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Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary Perdue Unveil Beehive at Vice President’s Residence, and Asks Public to Help Boost Pollinator Population

Second Lady Karen Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a newly-installed beehive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence, drawing attention to the plight of pollinators whose numbers are in decline. Together, the two urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse the population trend among the creatures, which are essential to producing much of the nation’s food.

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