Pennsylvania Congressmen Lead Efforts to Fund Mine Reclamation Efforts

Pennsylvania congressmen are leading the charge to re-authorize federal funding to reclaim abandoned mining lands across the country. U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, introduced bipartisan legislation of March 10 to expand support for the Abandoned Mining Land Trust Fund. The bill would continue to levy a royalty on all coal produced…

UK embarks on ‘agricultural revolution’ by breaking with EU farm subsidies | Science

UK farm subsidies will require efforts to support public goods, such as leisure. Peter Mulligan / Getty Images By Erik StokstadJan 17, 2020, 5:10 PM After the UK leaves the European Union at the end of the month, it will sever ties with EU farm subsidy policies – and for many researchers, that’s a good…

Democrats can’t abandon rural voters

The year 2020 marked a departure from previous political cycles for rural America. Before and after caucuses, Democrats across the country paid more attention to rural voters. Fifteen caucus candidates visited biofuel facilities and drafted thoughtful rural plans. And, developing biofuels and paying farmers to participate in climate change programs have become hot topics. Yet…

The huge abandoned Welsh farmhouse that has been withering in the countryside for 100 years

A huge and impressive agricultural complex in Pembrokeshire has been strangely empty for over 100 years, slipping into neglect but hiding a unique history. Brownslade Farm, near Castlemartin, dates back to the early 19th century but has not been inhabited for decades. According to the British Listed Buildings website, the main farm was demolished around…

Chinese potato export price expected to drop, but increase instead

The global agricultural commodity market suffered from the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2020. The pandemic created barriers to distribution, a labor shortage and severely weakened consumer power. Many agricultural products have encountered sales difficulties and prices have fallen. Many farmers have had to abandon their harvest because the selling price is so much lower than…

State speeds up detection of abandoned oil and gas wells | State News

ALBANY – A state-partnered effort announced earlier this month takes advantage of new drone technology and magnetic surveillance to spot abandoned oil and gas wells statewide. To date, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has located more than 2,000 orphaned wells that may continue to release methane into the atmosphere. These well assessments were based…