102 million trees have died in California since 2010, according to the U.S. Forest...

In California, the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This...

$9 Million Up for Grabs Under Biomass Research and Development Initiative

In the United States, the Departments of Agriculture and Energy have made up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and...

USDA pilots online SNAP ordering and payment with selected retailers

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced seven retail firms selected to take part in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program pilot designed...

EPA proposes rule changes for RFS to boost cellulosic ethanol production

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule change to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow poplar and willow trees as...

Canada approves irradiation treatment for ground beef

In Canada, the Government of Canada published final regulations permitting the sale of fresh and frozen raw ground beef treated with irradiation. Health Canada...

Sonny Perdue sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

In Washington, D.C., Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the thirty-first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S....

EPA treats forest biomass as carbon neutral for energy production

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that forest biomass will be treated as carbon neutral. “Today’s announcement grants America’s foresters...

Perdue signs proclamation to increase local flexibility in school lunch programs

In Virginia, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal...

Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture connects growers, innovators and government

In Washington, D.C., the Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture launched a new website – www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org – to facilitate communication between farm and agribusiness associations...

New York wants to be the nation’s leader in hemp production

In New York, new legislation was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that removes legal obstacles impeding access to hemp seed in a bid to...

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In the United Kingdom, Optometry Today has covered the growing trend of sustainable eyewear, including the increased use of materials based on renewable feedstocks. The...

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