USDA offers 90 percent compensation for bird flu losses in dairy herds – June 28, 2024

USDA offers 90 percent compensation for bird flu losses in dairy herds

The government will compensate farmers for 90 percent of the value of milk lost as a result of H5N1 avian flu infections in their dairy cows, announced Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday. “We want to assist our producers every way we can to help them as they combat this emerging animal health disease,” he said.

Half of river water comes from intermittent streams

As a result of the Supreme Court decision on the upstream reach of anti pollution laws, half of the water in U.S. rivers comes from so-called ephemeral streams that are now without federal protection, said researchers from the University of Massachusetts and Yale on Thursday.

TODAY’S QUICK HITS

EPA facing cuts: Funding for the EPA would be cut by 20 percent, or $1.8 billion, from its current level in legislation scheduled for a Friday vote before a Republican-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee. (House Appropriations)

Corn Belt heat wave: Parts of the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys are rapidly drying out in the face of hot weather and sparse rainfall, leading to an expansion of areas with abnormal dryness and moderate drought, particularly in the eastern Corn Belt. (Drought Monitor)

Larger grain crop: Boosted by bigger barley, sorghum, and oats crops, world grain production will rise to 2.312 billion metric tons in 2024/25, up 1 percent from the record set in 2023/24. At the same time, the global grain stockpile will fall for the third straight year due to increased consumption. (IGC)

Flooding causes pollution: At least 17 liquid manure storage pits on cattle feedlots in southwestern Minnesota overflowed following torrential rains, said the state’s Pollution Control Agency. (Patch)

Hunger crisis: War-battered Sudan “is facing a devastating hunger catastrophe on a scale not seen since the Darfur crisis,” said three UN agencies, reporting that 755,000 people in the country are facing famine. (FAO)

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