The State of the Birds 2017: Farm Bill Special Report

Download the document. The Farm Bill provides a crucial safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers… and America’s birds. For birds, the Farm Bill secures important habitat for more than 100 bird species and is America’s largest source of funding for habitat conservation on private lands. For landowners, Farm Bill conservation programs are part of the safety net for farmers, …

Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted, Testing Shows

Read the full story in the New York Times. Floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods have been contaminated with bacteria and toxins that can make people sick, testing organized by The New York Times has found. Residents will need to take precautions to return safely to their homes, public health experts said.

Floodwater pathogens can’t be washed off of fresh produce

Read the full story in Food Safety News. The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t …

Denver Breweries To Brew Colorado’s First Beer From Recycled Water

Read the full press release at Food Manufacturing. Colorado-based engineering firm CH2M is changing the way we think about water. Direct potable reuse (DPR) purified water was delivered Thursday to three breweries earmarked to become Colorado's first to produce craft beer from recycled water. CH2M is spearheading the effort to drive sustainable water reuse technology and …

Hurricane Irma: Impacts on Florida Wildlife & Habitat

Read the full post from the National Wildlife Federation. As every Gulf Coast resident knows, hurricanes are natural events. In Florida, we joke that there really are only two seasons – tourist season and hurricane season. Native wildlife species are adapted to survive and recover from these storms. The problem now is that humans have …