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Regulations on Cow Burps Stripped From Legislation

A friend signed me up to receive the Ag Weekly newsletter out of Twin Falls, Idaho. So every week I get a bunch of Ag industry news in my email inbox. As someone who has looked at the food conversation primarily from the consumer's perspective, it has been a real education to get a window into the farmer/producer's world. For those of us who want to engage our local food system from the consumer side, I think it's important to raise awareness of life on the farmer/producer side.

Here's todays headline: EPA Livestock Tax on Methane Emissions Blocked. As the article explains,

Late last week, the House Appropriations Committee adopted the Tiahrt Amendment preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating livestock as a greenhouse gas source.

It looks like it's an end around maneuver to bring livestock emissions uner the Clean Air Act and regulate them as greenhouse gases. I don't have any great insights other than to say I had no idea until I got my Ag Weekly newsletter. In other random ag news, Potato Emergence Nearing Completion.



Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at goody2230@gmail.com