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Standing in the Breach against Corporate Farming

North Dakota was among the first states to prohibit corporate farming in 1932. Nebraska was among the last, when, by a 1982 vote of the people, the state enacted Initiative 300, a constitutional amendment against corporate farming.

During the 50 years between North Dakota’s corporate farming law and Nebraska’s Initiative 300, most Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch states passed similar anti-corporate farming laws.

New Actively Engaged in Farming Rule Falls Short

This March, the US Department of Agriculture issued their proposed rule to define what it means to be “actively engaged in farming,” and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. USDA is seeking public comments on the proposed rule, which are due May 27.

The proposed change to the “actively engaged in farming” rule fails to meet real reform, and again shows that President Obama is punting on his campaign pledge made on an Iowa farm in 2007, which stated:

Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to those who purchase and eat the food they grow. This year, researchers with the National Institute of Health completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between pesticides and depression in farmers.
 

3 Reasons NPPD Could Use Less Coal

Nebraska has big decisions to make about its energy future. With a long list of environmental regulations, both forthcoming and currently in place, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) needs to decide between continued, expensive updates to an increasingly inefficient and polluting coal plant in order to protect Nebraskans from harmful coal byproducts, or investment in communities and clean, sustainable energy options.

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