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AMS Delays Final Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule by 60 days to May 19, 2017.  These actions are being taken in accordance with guidance issued Jan. 20, 2017, to ensure the new policy team has an opportunity to review the rules. This is similar to procedures issued by previous administrations. This ruling follows this news released two days before by the USDA.

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Consumer, Environmental and Workers Groups File Legal Challenge to President Trump’s ‘One-In, Two-Out’ Executive Order on Regulations

Public Citizen, NRDC and Communications Workers of America seek injunction barring agencies from following order

Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Communications Workers of America sued the Trump administration to block an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

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Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electricgrid

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electricgrid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. SunShot will fund 13 projects with a total of up to $30 million to develop next-generation grid planning and operation tools that help to integrate more solar power with the grid.

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Heartland Institute Experts Comment on Executive Orders to Advance Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders intended to expedite completion of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The orders encourage TransCanada to reapply for a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline and direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “review and approve [the Dakota Access Pipeline] in an expedited manner, to the extent permitted by law.”

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After Seismic Political Shift, Modest Changes in Public’s Policy Agenda

Public political priorities for 2017More view the environment, foreign trade as top policy priorities

As President Donald Trump enters the White House, the nation’s leading policy priorities are little changed from the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency. And the partisan divisions over many of the public’s priorities – from dealing with global climate change to strengthening the nation’s military – remain as wide as ever.

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