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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Emergency Grazing To Assist Ranchers Impacted by Drought

August 29 -- As the Obama Administration continues to support farmers and businesses impacted by the drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time. This flexibility for ranchers marks the latest action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide assistance to producers impacted by the drought, which has included opening CRP and other conservation acres to emergency haying and grazing, lowering the interest rate for emergency loans, and working with crop insurance companies to provide flexibility to farmers. >>View Article

Michigan Executive Urge Passage of Production Tax Credit

August 29 -- The top executives of two Eaton Rapids-based manufacturing firms say they are fighting their own political party in their effort to win support for the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit they see as “critical” to their operations. >>View Article

New And Improved Biodiesel Program Leads To Good Jobs

August 30 -- If you’re looking for a career change, or want to learn a practical skill that can earn a good income, you may want to check out a new program at Mid-South Community College. Students are learning how to produce biodiesel fuel and turn it into a career making good money.  >>View Article

 
 
 
 

New York Makes A Big Bet On Solar Energy

August 30 -- New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) recently signed three solar energy bills that are part of the NY-Sun Initiative. The legislation provides $107 million in incentives to encourage taxpayers to increase their use of solar energy, notes the Governor’s press release. Specifically, the state has enacted several tax exemptions and credits for solar energy system equipment, a recent Bloomberg BNA Weekly State Tax Report article reported. >>View Article

Project Aims To Harness The Power Of Waves

September 4 -- About 15 years ago, this environmentally conscious state with a fir tree on its license plates began pushing the idea of making renewable energy from the ocean waves that bob and swell on the Pacific horizon. But then one of the first test-buoy generators, launched with great fanfare, promptly sank. It was not a good start. >>View article

 

At Fort Drum Stop, Cuomo Supports Biomass Project For Post's Energy Needs

August 7 -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he supports an Albany-area company's effort to sell its renewable energy to the home of the 10th Mountain Division.  "We believe that this would be one of the first military bases to contract for power from a plant that's a renewable-energy plant," Mr. Cuomo said... >>More

Military Adding More Electric Vehicles To Fleet

August 6 -- Electric vehicles are becoming a more common sight on military bases as the Department of Defense adds "road-capable" electric cars such as the Chevy Volt to a fleet of thousands of smaller battery-powered vehicles. >>More

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