USDA opens enrollment to farmers and foresters for $1.5 million in BCAP funds

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $1.5 million from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program available for farmers and foresters who...

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...

DEA approves Schedule V for first ever plant-derived cannabidiol prescription formulation

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration transferred EPIDIOLEX, which was already approved by the Food and Drug Administration, to Schedule V, the...

Government of Canada announces $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund

In Canada, the Government of Canada announced the $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund to support projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and...

A government-supported salt reduction program could save 6 million people per year

In Massachusetts, a new global study projects that a government-supported policy to reduce salt consumption would be highly cost-effective across the world. Based on...

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...

FDA approves first marijuana-derived drug

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and...

USDA has no plans to regulate new plant breeding techniques

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight of plants produced...

Study says Canadian biofuels policies too expensive for the GHG emissions reductions

In Canada, biofuel policies have helped to reduce GHG emissions, but according to a new report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, these reductions have come...

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...

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In Philadelphia, biodegradable pregnancy test startup Lia Diagnostics has raised $2.6 million in private funding. The company, which says its paper-based tests are flushable, did...

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