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Perdue assures lawmakers worried about USDA budget cuts via Agri-Pulse

Perdue emphasized to the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee that he had only been on the job for five weeks and said he needed to review key budget provisions, including the proposal to cut USDA’s work force by 5.5 percent, or about 5,500 full-time jobs.

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan via The Washington Post

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.

Most California farm-water suppliers are breaking this law. Why doesn’t the state act? via The Sacramento Bee

During California’s epic five-year drought, most of the state’s irrigation districts didn’t comply with a 2007 law that requires them to account for how much water they’re delivering directly to farmers. Farm-advocacy groups say irrigation districts have been bombarded with a confusing slew of state and federal laws and regulations that often have overlapping reporting requirements, so it’s no wonder their compliance rates are low.

EPA won’t declare Lake Erie’s waters in Ohio impaired via The Detroit News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won’t declare Ohio’s western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae, siding with state regulators who say they are making progress in tackling the problem.

Recovery of the range: Harsh winter deals deadly hand to Wyoming Range muleys via Jackson Hole News & Guide

In a quarter century of managing big game herds for Game and Fish wildlife biologist Gary Fralick had never seen anything like winter 2016-17. He had to dig through 33 years of data to find a season as severe.

Opinion: Farmers need a flood of research via Agri-Pulse

(Opinion) In California, five years of record-breaking drought have given way to a record-breaking winter of rain and snow that has provided farmers more water than they know what to do with.

Why your humble bowl of oatmeal could help feed a growing planet via The Washington Post

(Opinion) We can talk till the cows come home about why markets make it so hard for farmers to incorporate other crops (summary: it’s complicated), but how do we fix it? Certainly, there are policy options that can provide incentives for farmers to opt for the less profitable crop in order to get environmental benefits; I’m a big fan of finding ways to align subsidies with strategies to boost soil health, increase biodiversity, and reduce pollution.

Hot Air Balloon Hunting OK in Texas via U.S. News and World Report

Texas lawmakers have approved the hunting of feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons. The state already allows the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters, which is expensive and has not been very successful, because the aircraft often scare the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable shooting platform.

Nearly $1 Million in Stolen Bees Recovered in Fresno via KQED

Fresno authorities say they’ve uncovered the biggest beehive theft they’ve ever seen. They recovered nearly a $1 million worth of bees belonging to a dozen victims.

The Problem Of Urban Geese via WhoTV

In the 1960s, there were zero nesting pairs of Canada geese in Iowa. Thanks to successful conservation, there are now more than 75,000. Great for hunters in rural areas, not so great for those of us on urban lakes.

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