agriculture

Off His Hickenlooper: Conservation Groups Attack CO Gov for Water Bill Veto

Off His Hickenlooper: Conservation Groups Attack CO Gov for Water Bill Veto
Governor John Hickenlooper is drawing backlash for vetoing a bill that conservationists say would have prompted farmers to update their irrigation systems and kept more water in Colorado’s Western Slope streams without asking anyone to forfeit water rights. Hickenlooper said that the final version of the bill, SB 23, lacked sufficient support from agricultural and water groups. Conservationists say Hickenlooper’s veto amounts to a “failure to lead.”
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The Under-Reported Effect of Climate Change on Syria's Civil War

The Under-Reported Effect of Climate Change on Syria's Civil War
Desperation after a five year drought in Syria had agriculturalists tapping wells with a demand far above mother nature's supply. The results? Crop failures reached 75 percent, an estimated 85 percent of live stock perished, a large number of farmers abandoned their farms in search of non-existent inner-city jobs...and one civil war that might just ignite global warfare.
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Indecent Proposal: $20 Billion in Food Stamps Cut for a Few Farm Subsidies

Indecent Proposal: $20 Billion in Food Stamps Cut for a Few Farm Subsidies
The 2013 agriculture bill that was passed in the Senate proposes a few modest but welcome cuts to programs subsidizing big agriculture, but it also insures that millions of the poorest Americans will once again struggle with hunger. Sadly, Democratic Senators like Missouri's Claire McCaskill voted for the bill.
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