Agriculture (page 6)

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    Wondering What’s In the Farm Bill? Find Out Monday.

    Every five years or so, Congress passes a farm bill that includes a wide range of programs.  The next farm bill is looming and could very well pass in early 2018. Join us Monday at Noon at the Locke Foundation as Daren Bakst of the Heritage Foundation explains…
    Donna Martinez, November 7, 2017
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    Solar farm developer wins court battle against Robeson County

    A unanimous three-judge panel has ruled in favor of a solar farm developer in its dispute against Robeson County. Appellate judges agreed that Robeson County commissioners should not have rejected a proposed 40-acre solar farm in a portion of the county zoned for residential agricultural uses. The Appeals Court opinion…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2017
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    Tort Reform for Hog Farmers?

    More than 500 North Carolina plaintiffs are suing Smithfield Foods and other swine farmers for nuisance. In response to this litigation, Reps. Jimmy Dixon, David Lewis, and John Bell have sponsored a bill “to clarify the remedies available in private nuisance actions against agricultural and forestry operations.” House Bill…
    Jon Guze, April 10, 2017
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    What if farmers earned their living from farming?

    James Bovard‘s editorial commentary in the latest Barron’s argues that farmers ought to rely on their real jobs, rather than government handouts, to earn their keep. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts that spending for federal farm-commodity programs will increase eightfold from 2015 to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 22, 2016
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    The future of farming

    Gracy Olmstead writes at National Review Online about challenges facing the traditional American family farm. In the 1930s, the United States was home to 6.3 million farms; today, there are approximately 2.2 million, and fewer every day. The average age of today’s farmer or…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2016
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    N.C. Appeals Court rules against Lincoln County in solar farm dispute

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against Lincoln County in the case of a proposed solar farm in Denver. Twice county officials have voted against permits that would allow the farm to move forward. But the appellate judges have reversed a lower-court ruling that…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2016
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    NCSU study says wind farms would hurt NC coastal rentals

    A North Carolina State University study says a wind farm off the coast of North Carolina “would reduce coastal home rentals and potentially harm tourism,” as the N&O reports. Here’s the money pull quote: Perhaps the most revealing discovery in the report is that those with the strongest objections to offshore…
    Sam Hieb, April 5, 2016
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    High Point’s federally-funded farmers market

    While we’re on the subject feds and food deserts-—-the City of High Point has been named a beneficiary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Foods, Local Places program. The funds will help the city establish a farmers market in the new ‘Uptowne Plaza,’ a key piece of the ‘City Project’ that aims to ‘create an urban…
    Sam Hieb, February 4, 2016