At Trump’s direction, U.S. reduces upstream reach of clean water
Decrying what it called regulatory overreach, the Trump administration announced on Thursday that it will limit enforcement of clean water laws to oceans, rivers, core tributaries, and adjacent wetlands. Environmentalists said the move would leave half of U.S. wetlands and millions of miles of streams without protection from pollution.
Coffee acreage declines in Hawaii
Hawaii, the top coffee producer in the United States, is expected to see marginally lower production this year than last, and coffee acreage will be down nearly 3 percent.
Talks & Eats – Manhattan – Surf ‘n’ Turf: Can our seafood survive Big Ag and climate change?
As oceans warm, our major fisheries are shifting. At the same time, farm runoff is contributing to dead zones from the Gulf of Mexico to Long Island. Both of these issues – climate change and farming practices – affect the health of ocean ecosystems and, ultimately, the seafood that winds up on our plates. Join moderator and best-selling author Paul Greenberg for a stimulating discussion Feb. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m., at Subculture in Greenwich Village. VIP reception with drinks and bites beforehand.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Kansas ag-gag law declared unconstitutional (Wichita Eagle): A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kansas’s ag-gag law unconstitutionally criminalizes free speech, a victory for First Amendment, environmental, and animal rights groups.
California announces organic center (UCANR): The California Organic Institute, whose mission will be to speed the development and adoption of organic agriculture, will be established at the University of California, funded by a $500,000 endowment from Clif Bar & Co. and $500,000 in matching funds from university president Janet Napolitano.
Lawmakers to meet on Wisconsin dairy crisis (WPR): Gov. Tony Evers called a special legislative session for next week to address the dairy crisis in Wisconsin, where 10 percent of dairy farms closed in 2019, following a 7.25 percent loss in 2018.
Ratifying USMCA is Trudeau priority (Reuters): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he will introduce legislation on Jan. 29 to ratify the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement and said he wants to finalize “this new NAFTA as quickly as possible.”
USDA tries to evade rules, says union (AFGE): The American Federation of Government Employees charged that the USDA is trying to evade the terms of its contract with food inspectors by asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority if it can change work rules while a union contract is being renegotiated