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WALMART TRYING TO SHORE UP AG’S GHG EMISSIONS

Retail giant Walmart is trying to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along the supply chain, including farmers. Working with Environmental Defense Fund and SUSTAIN, an environmental program owned by agricultural cooperative Land O’Lakes, Walmart is hoping to work with farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen application. (NPR’s The Salt)

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ENVIRONMENT OFFICIALS SAY U.S. TO LOSE JOBS

Canada’s environment minister and the head of the U.N. environment agency said Monday that the U.S. stands to lose jobs by pulling out of the Paris Climate accord. U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim said China is already very competitive on energy. Solheim said the U.S. will be the biggest loser because all green jobs will… read more

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ECO-UNFRIENDLY DIETS

Vegetarian and “healthy” diets could be more harmful to the environment. A Carnegie Mellon study finds eating lettuce is more than three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.

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IOWA WATER UPDATE

Des Moines Water Works has hired a new environmental advocacy leader for the public utility. The role will advocate for policies and partnerships focused on managing agricultural pollution that poses a threat to water quality.

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DATA LAWSUIT

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer, environmental, and animal rights groups that could have made it easier for those groups to get information on livestock operations and their owners. AFBF’s Danielle Quist says the court made the right decision.

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FOOD WASTE

USDA and EPA officials on Wednesday announced a progressive goal to limit food waste in the U.S., pledging to pare it down by 50% before 2030. According to USDA, food loss and waste is single largest component of disposed U.S. municipal solid waste, and accounts for a significant portion of U.S. methane emissions.

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WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT? EARTH HAS 3 TRILLION TREES

Three trillion. That’s the staggering number of trees on Earth, according to a new tally that astounds even the scientists who compile it.  If the new sum is accurate – and other scientists say it is – the planet boasts roughly 420 trees for every living person, USA Today reports.

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USFRA SURVEY

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers unveiled the results of a consumer attitude survey at the Farm Progress Show on Tuesday.  Approximately 56% of those responding  to the survey say ”farmers and ranchers use new technologies and innovations to protect the environment.”   USFRA SURVEY

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CRP UPDATE

USDA announced Friday the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be allowed to grow by 800,000 acres to include sensitive wetlands that help improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.

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WOTUS VOTE

H.R. 1072 – a bill that would force EPA to withdraw and rewrite the WOTUS rule – passed 261-155. Twenty-four Democrats voted for the bill including three from Illinois. Our delegation voted 10-5 with two not voting.  Thanks to all who made contacts over the past few weeks on this high priority issue for Farm… read more

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