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After months of anticipation, the USDA has released its Interim Final Hemp Production Rule (IFR).  [Read full document here.]  This blog post is an attempt to summarize some of the key provisions included in the IFR.  To me, the three issues that jumped out were the 15-day window for testing prior to harvest, the new concept of “acceptable hemp THC level” with regard to THC testing, and the compliance provisions related to negligent violations.

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David Harsanyi / The Daily Signal

We’ve failed Greta Thunberg, pictured at the United Nations, by raising a generation of pagans who’ve filled the vacuum left by the absence of faith with a cultish worship of Mother Earth and the state. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)


David Harsanyi @davidharsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of “First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History With the Gun, From the Revolution to Today.”

Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg lives in the healthiest, wealthiest, safest, and most peaceful era humans have ever known.… Read the rest


Aaron Anderson, Karen Gebhardt, and Katy N. Kirkpatrick

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

David L. Bergman

USDA Wildlife Services, Phoenix, Arizona

Stephanie A. Shwiff

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

ABSTRACT: Mexican gray wolves were reintroduced into New Mexico and Arizona in 1998. When wolves kill a producing cow, ranchers in the region are eligible to receive an indemnity payment equal to the market value of the lost animal.Read the rest


Since the Great Recession, most of the nation’s rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people. The story is markedly different in the nation’s largest urban communities.

I’m writing from Iowa, where every four years presidential hopefuls swoop in to test how voters might respond to their various ideas for fixing the country’s problems.

But what to do about rural economic and persistent population decline is the one area that has always confounded them all.

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By Elaine S. Povich /

Forty-three states have their own food date label requirements, but they vary widely.

This story was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Rummaging through your refrigerator, you come across a jar of mayonnaise labeled “BEST IF USED BY 06/10/19.” If it’s mid-July, are you risking illness by slathering it on your sandwich and eating it?… Read the rest