Radio Script 12-10-19

Last week, Federal and state regulators issued guidance to clarify that financial institutions no longer need to report customers who are growing or cultivating hemp to federal banking regulators . In the past, Banks were required to file “suspicious activity reports”concerning customers who grew hemp related products, even after industrial hemp was approved as a crop in the 2018 Farm Bill. This guidance followed the recent release of the USDA’s regulations concerning growing hemp in the U. S. Even though industrial hemp, which is restricted to .3% THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, was approved as a legitimate crop in over half of the states, until the USDA regulation came out, federal regulations maintained that hemp was a Schedule one drug, which created a nightmare for some growers who shipped their crop out of their home state.

A recent Science Magazine article discussed studies concerning Caitlin Czajka micro-nutrient deficiencies that impair growth and contribute to disease particularly within the developing world. Although fortification of food can help treat deficiencies, heat used during cooking and other conditions can degrade vitamins, preventing adequate absorption during the digestive process. Scientists developed a polymer coating to encapsulate micro-nutrients, 11 of which showed improved stability against oxidation, heat, and other conditions.

The USDA opened up conservation program signups yesterday. Farmers and landowners can now enroll their qualified land in the Conservation Reserve Program. Better known as the CRP, the program pays farmers to take environmentally sensitive land out of production under 10 to 15 year contracts and is is aimed at controlling soil erosion, improving water quality and protecting wildlife habitat. About 7 million new acres will be eligible for the program after the 2018 farm bill increased CRP’s allowable acreage cap to 27 million. A Farm Service Administration spokesperson reported that this could be the largest sign-up in more than a decade. The program was established in the 1980s, to take land out of production that was marginal for crop production, while paying land owners for their potential loss of income from the idled land. Interested land owners in the Four Corners Region can contact their local Farm Service Agency Office for information.

The FCC announced that it is developing 5G fund s to expand services in rural areas. The agency is offering up to $9 billion over 10 years to participating carriers. The agency will also set aside at least $1 billion in the fund for developing services supporting precision agriculture,

The meat industry is taking potshots at the potential health benefits and risks of plant-based alternatives. They hope to dampen the growing popularity of products like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat products. A new marketing campaign refers to such products as “ultra-processed imitations” and compares them to dog food.

Although we usually think of water wars occurring only in the West, water worries are increasing for eastern farmers. Competition for limited water resources is a growing problem in the Southeast, where farmers are using more irrigation water for their operations. Combined with urban growth and climate change, the trend is taxing Southern water supplies and pitting states against each other in legal disputes.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” –

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