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The biggest stories in rural America in 2014

posted on December 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

The biggest stories in rural America in 2014
2014 was full of big stories impacting rural America. Politics, protests and policymaking played out across the country, including discussions aimed at cutting the amount of ethanol in renewable fuel mandates. Full Story

Pinneaple Express Brings Much-Needed Moisture to West Coast

posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Pinneaple Express Brings Much-Needed Moisture to West Coast
One of Mother Nature’s cruelest ironies is a flood in the middle of a drought. But that’s what folks in some parts of California dealt with this week as an early December storm provided a bit of relief to California’s drought. Full Story

Short-term tax fix could help rural America

posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Short-term tax fix could help rural America
The lame-duck Congress has a small window to accomplish a lot of things before winter recess that could benefit farm and ranch families. One item is the reinstatement, and in some cases, extension, of 50 tax breaks, most of which expired in 2013. Full Story

Economists Weigh in on Biofuel Mandate Delay

posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Economists Weigh in on Biofuel Mandate Delay
Economists say the government’s continued delay in deciding the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended with gasoline in 2014 may create problems for those seeking investors in the biofuels industry. Despite the potentially gloomy prospects,... Full Story

Refugees seek new start in Global Greens program

posted on November 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Refugees seek new start in Global Greens program
Angelique Hakuzimana is happiest in a farm field, a location that’s halfway around the world from her native, war-torn land. Full Story

White House Veto Threat Shelves Possible Tax Plan

posted on November 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored... Full Story

EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas

posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. Full Story

3 groups get rural community funding

posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Three West Virginia organizations are sharing more than $1.2 million in federal funding to connect rural communities to medical services and educational opportunities. Full Story

Report: Bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Full Story

Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest

posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia's governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast. Full Story

China, Russia Sign Accord on Second Gas Route

posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The leaders of China and Russia signed agreements Sunday to boost energy cooperation, including an understanding to develop a second major route to supply the Chinese side with Russian gas following an initial $400 billion deal in May. Full Story

Monsanto Settles With Pacific Northwest Wheat Farmers

posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. Full Story

Illinois EPA to Release Plan for Rivers, Lakes

posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency plans next month to release an action plan aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the state's rivers and lakes. Full Story

Indoor Fish Farm Planned in Central Iowa

posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM

A company is planning to build a large indoor fish farming operation in Webster City that will employ 150 people. Full Story

Illinois OKs Wenona Hog Farm, Opponents to Fight

posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has given tentative approval to a 20,000-head hog farm outside the small central Illinois city of Wenona. Full Story
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