WASHINGTON, DC – In a rare spirit of bipartisan ship the US Senate is working on a Startup Innovation Credit Act that helps innovative startup companies access research and development tax credits. U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) have re-introduced legislation that would give innovative startup companies an opportunity to take advantage [...]
Do we eat genetically modified (GE) foods? The quick answer is: almost certainly. Remember that the vast majority of US corn and soy come from GE seed, and that these crops are generally used as feed for cattle, hogs and poultry, or otherwise used in the many processed foods found in grocery store aisles. Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the US and is most commonly used to feed dairy cows and beef cattle. So, if you drink milk, eat beef, enjoy the occasional slice of bacon with your breakfast, order chicken in your Caesar salad or ever indulge in processed foods, cereals and desserts with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and soy lecithin, THEN GE crops are most certainly a part of your food chain. How’s that make you feel? What’s worse, you can’t be sure when you eat them or in what form, because there is no requirement to label foods with GE ingredients.
Part I: OBAMA ADMIN’S new mission to squash “burdensome” regulation & play nice with BIG Farm businesses CREATES frenzy green-lighting genetically engineered crops
FarmAID.com — Just weeks into the new year, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the full deregulation of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa—a genetically engineered crop variety designed to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The move gave the OK for commercial planting to take place this spring without restrictions. A week later, USDA announced the deregulation [...]
Buffalo, WYO — These last two weeks have seen many property owners — especially commercial property owners — getting the shock of their lives when they opened up their 2012 Johnson County Tax Assessment and found out that their taxes had gone up 100% to 300%.
Many of these Johnson County business owners were especially surprised and upset because the new JC County Tax Accessor had campaigned on a platform that suggested that taxes would go down because of “market trending” and that taxes would be done fairly for everyone. Complaints have centered around these two facts: 1. That the real estate market is still down so how, after 4 plus years of a recession, could the county raise taxes over 100%? And 2. That they are hearing about special interest taxing again and again — neighbors that have wildly different tax bills and comparisons based on Fair Market Values that leave out what they consider to be truly comparable properties.