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The Scale of Our Daily Lives

By Aubrey Streit Krug
(Editor's Note: We'd like to thank Aubrey for her work with us this summer! Her contributions to our blog have been much appreciated.)

The sheer size of the crises that we face can be overwhelming. In addition to the earthquake in Haiti, floods in Pakistan and the BP oil spill, we have chronic environmental problems like the dead zone growing in the Gulf of Mexico, tons of topsoil being lost from the Great Plains, and mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

More on Power Lines

We received more reader feedback from our article calling for fair compensation to landowners who get power lines to move wind generated electricity from the Plains to population centers.

Mid-Sized Farm Research Gets a Boost

The committee tasked with agriculture spending in the U.S. House doubled annual funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) competitive grants program from $15 to $30 million for 2011. The Senate committee offered a smaller boost from $15 to $23 million.

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