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|May 24, 2019|
Growing Interest in Growing Hemp
Unsure about federal regulations,
some states move forward
A new Robobank report says cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, has been entering food and beverage products--beer, coffee, cocktails, jelly beans, and others--at an "astounding pace." Many consumers are interested for health as well as "indulgence" reasons.
However, the substance remains illegal on a national level. Some states with legal marijuana--like Colorado--are developing their own rules. That can leave cannabis growers largely on their own--for example, pest management regulations are uncertain.
Livestock Expert on the Hill: The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing about opportunities to help farmers find solutions to climate and weather challenges. One of the expert speakers, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, spoke about the benefits of animal agriculture.
Some Tariffs Removed: The administration plans to lift the 25% tariff on steel and the 10% duty on aluminum imports imposed last year on Canada and Mexico. This could affect the "new NAFTA" situation.
On the Road: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reflects on his travels that have taken him to all 50 states and given him a look at "the bounty of the American harvest."
News from the Far Side of the Barn
Compost Me When I Die:Washington became the first state to legalize human composting. People can choose to have their bodies turned into soil after their death. Loved ones can use the soil to plant flowers, veggies, or trees.
CAST Adds Two New Members to the Staff
April showers bring May staffers
May has us budding as we add two new faces to our team. Learn about the roles each will fill below, and don't forget to check out their stories on the CAST Blog.
Megan Wickham started her duties as scientific editor on May 14. She focuses on the production of CAST publications from beginning to end. If you are part of a CAST work group, you've likely "met" on a recent conference call. Megan jumped right into her duties and has already marked up some of the forthcoming publication drafts. Get to know Megan.
Delaney Ridgway is our student assistant. The Iowa State University animal science major and birding enthusiast will be working on accounting, membership, and administrative tasks. The next time you phone the CAST office, give her a warm "hello" as she directs your call. Get to know Delaney.
Friday Notes News Categories
Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right). P. 1 cave pic from cnn.com, hemp poster from purduehemp.org, and woman-cow photo from dailymail.co.uk. Animal Sec. eagle pic from pbstwimg.com and hummingbird pic from pinterest.com. Food Sec. chocolate collage from wapo.com and cdn.com and bacon sign from sneakpeeq.jpg. Plant Sec. robot from bwbx.io and genome pic from unl.edu. Inter. Sec. train pic from cdn.com and water-people photo from cnn.com. Gen. Sec. ice cream pic from ncstate.edu and geothermal pic from unr.edu. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
General Interest News
Six-step Plan for Agriculture: The mission of the Good Growth Plan is to improve the sustainability of agriculture and business through six commitments to be achieved by 2020.
Organic Food Study: A University of California study claims that eating organically grown food for just one week can significantly reduce the levels of pesticideswithin the body. Heating It Up: With help from University of Nevada-Reno experts, geothermal power potential in the state is heating up. Geologists are using a previously untried method to find resources.
Check out CAST's page at the YouTube site to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video dealing with proposed mandatory labeling of GMO food items.
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* Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
* American Association of Avian Pathologists
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* American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources-Agricultural Management
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* American Farm Bureau Federation
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* American Society of Plant Biologists
* American Veterinary Medical Association
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* National Pork Board
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* Poultry Science Association
* Rural Sociological Society
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* Soil Science Society of America
* Syngenta Crop Protection
* The Fertilizer Institute
* Tuskegee University
* Tyson Foods
* United Soybean Board
* University of Nevada-Reno
* Weed Science Society of America
* Western Society of Weed Science
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** With assistance from Carol Gostele and Megan Wickham (both are Managing Scientific Editors)