|USDA announces funding to help rural businesses create jobs|
Sun Journal - 8/1/2015. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is investing $3.6 million for 67 Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG). Congress established the RBDG program in the 2014 Farm Bill by combining and improving the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program and the Rural Business Opportunity Grant program.
|Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms|
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/31/2015. By Kristofor Husted - Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don't plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.
|Exposure to heavy metals and glyphosate may contribute to kidney disease|
GM Watch - 7/31/2015. New research supports the possibility that combined exposure to heavy metals and glyphosate has a synergistic effect leading to high levels of heavy metals accumulating in the kidneys. This in turn causes chronic kidney disease of the type that is now a serious problem among agricultural workers in Sri Lanka.