Forest Fires, Tax Cuts – November 21, 2018

Fighting fires, or shifting public lands from federal control?

Interior secretary says local land management can prevent forest fires

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in a press briefing Tuesday on California’s raging forest fires, called for more management of federal forest lands to be shifted to local authorities, arguing that this would help prevent fires.

As Finance chairman, Grassley wants ‘more middle-income tax cuts’

When he used the power of seniority to claim chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee in the new session of Congress, Iowa’s Chuck Grassley said he wanted greater tax fairness for Americans. Many farm groups share his goal of additional tax relief.


CDC issues romaine warning (Washington Post): The Centers for Disease Control warned consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce after another outbreak of E. coli sickened 32 people in 11 states.

Administration targets 4-H policy (Des Moines Register): The Trump administration pushed the 4-H youth organization to drop a pro-LGBT policy, leading to the firing of Iowa’s top 4-H leader, an investigation found.

A turkey’s short life (Politico): The turkeys “pardoned” Tuesday at the White House by President Trump underwent rigorous testing before they were selected — and they’ll probably die within a year.

EPA to adjust RFS (Reuters): The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard’s biofuels targets to more closely match current output.

Robot technology in the fields (New York Times): Amid an immigration crackdown and tighter borders, fruit and vegetable growers are investing in robotics technology that could compensate for a shrinking agricultural workforce.

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