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Roundtable focuses on beef sustainability

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has begun a 60-day public comment period on its Sustainability Framework.  Roundtable chairperson Kim Stackhouse-Lawson of JBS USA says the framework focuses on, among other things, succession planning from the standpoint of resource management. “That’s first what success looks like to me is that beef production exists in 20 …

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Police searching desperately for persons who fired on undercover ATF agents, injuring 1

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — More than 100 local and federal officials are combing parts of Chicago as authorities try to track down the people responsible for shooting at undercover agents, injuring one, in the early morning hours on Friday. “The actions of the offenders in this were barbaric,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said today. “This is …

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un scores surprising favorability among South Koreans after summit

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — The well-choreographed production of last week’s promising summit between North and South Korea appears to have given a boost to public approval ratings for the countries’ two leaders among South Koreans. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s approval ratings surged to 83 percent this week, a 10-point boost from the week before, according to …

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Data usage, insurance and family plans? Tips on saving on your cellphone bill

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With T-Mobile and Sprint opting to merge and promising lower prices, wireless wars are starting to heat up — but consumers don’t have to wait to start saving on their wireless bills, according to experts. On Sunday, the two titans reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement to take on rivals Verizon and …

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InSight, NASA’s latest mission, hopes to dig deep into Mars’ surface

NASA(NEW YORK) — InSight will do more than light up the skies over California when it launches Saturday morning — it will launch on a daring mission to find out if Mars has quakes and what’s hiding under the surface. InSight is scheduled to launch at 7:05 a.m. ET, or 4:05 a.m. PT, on an …

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Four States Dairy Nutrition Conference

On June 13-14, 2018 Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Larry Lee will be on the ground for the Four States Dairy Nutrition Conference in Dubuque, IA. Continue reading Four States Dairy Nutrition Conference at Brownfield Ag News.      

Gasoline on an open Farm Bill flame

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R, TX) last week poured gasoline on the open flame of the 2018 Farm Bill controversy, and say what you will about the iron-willed committee chair, it likely wasn’t the best move to calm the increasingly troubled waters of Farm Bill evolution. Conaway told a radio talk show host …

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New Facebook transparency efforts heavily criticized ahead of Irish abortion referendum

Facebook(DUBLIN) — Facebook’s latest effort to prevent the spread of misinformation by groups such as the Russians, who according to the FBI meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is getting mixed reviews during a test period in Ireland. The new Facebook “View Ads” feature is currently being tested there as the country prepares for …

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Authorities search for ‘person of interest’ in woman’s stabbing death at upscale mall

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Authorities are searching for a “person of interest” after a woman was found stabbed to death outside an upscale shopping mall in Southern California. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department located the woman Thursday afternoon inside a parked car in the parking structure for the Promenade on the Peninsula, an …

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Kansas bill protects adoption agencies that cite religious beliefs to reject LGBT homes

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Faith-based agencies in Kansas will likely be allowed to provide adoption or foster care services for the state even if they refuse to place children in homes that conflict with their “sincerely held” religious beliefs, including those with gay, lesbian or transgender parents. The Adoption Protection Act passed in an early-morning …

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Arizona teachers end their six-day walkout

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Students are headed back to the classroom after teachers ended their six-day walkout in Arizona, the latest state to join a nationwide wave calling for better pay and more school funding. On Friday morning, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget plan passed overnight by the legislature that promises to raise teacher salaries …

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Lava from volcano eruption in Hawaii destroys two homes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  At least 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate on Thursday because of an erupting volcano, a Hawaii County Civil Defense spokesperson told ABC News. No injuries have been reported so far and no homes have been destroyed, but a subdivision road and some heavily forested private property have been damaged. Hawaii Gov. …

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NRA to host company with ties to sanctioned Russians at annual convention

Amazon(DALLAS) —  An ammunition distributor with ties to a recently sanctioned Russian oligarch is listed among the expected exhibitors at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings opening in Dallas, Texas, on Friday. TulAmmo USA is a private company headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, but sells small-arms ammunition manufactured by the Tula Cartridge Works in Tula, …

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Freehold woman shot dead in New Jersey while driving home

WABC-TV(FREEHOLD, N.J.) — A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman as she was driving on a rural stretch of highway in Freehold, New Jersey, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody several hours after the woman was …

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Farmers Union critical of farm policy and unequal treatment in Arla milk contract termination

The Wisconsin Farmers Union President says Arla Foods decision to drop 11 dairy farms is another example of failed government policy.  Darin Von Ruden says Congress removed the market stabilization feature from the 2014 Farm Bill before it passed at the urging of the International Dairy Foods Association and the Dairy Business Association.  “A lot …

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USDA releases proposed biotech labeling rule, seeks public comment

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has introduced a proposed rule on biotech labeling and is requesting public comment by July 3. The bill mandating GMO labeling on food and beverage products was signed into law in 2016 and gave the USDA two years to develop a national standard. Congress passed the law after several states began …

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School superintendent arrested for repeatedly defecating on another school’s property

Holmdel Township Police Department(HOLMDEL, N.J.) — The superintendent of a New Jersey school district has been arrested for repeatedly defecating on a neighboring school’s property, police said. Thomas Tramaglini, the superintendent of the Kenilworth School District, was taken into custody early Tuesday while he was running on the Holmdel High School track, according to the …

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Trump says date, location set for meeting with Kim Jong Un

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday that a date and location has been set for his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un. “The trip is being scheduled,” Trump said as he departed the White House Friday morning en route to Dallas. “We now have a date, and we have a location. We’ll be announcing …

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Meghan Markle’s dad will walk her down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle, will walk her down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel when she weds Prince Harry, Kensington Palace announced Friday. Her mother, Doria Ragland, will accompany her by car from her overnight location to Windsor Castle on the day of the wedding, the Palace also announced. Thomas Markle will …

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Responsible farming

Bayer ForwardFarming is a global initiative demonstrating sustainable agriculture in practice on independent farms around the world.  Trey Hill a 4th generation partner in Harborview Farms, the first Bayer ForwardFarm in the United States, does not use the term sustainable. “Being responsible, I equate it to being able to explain what I do to my children,” …

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