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SEIA Praises Governor Jerry Brown’s Support of California Renewable Portfolio Standard

In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown today discussed California’s ambitious energy goals, aimed at accelerating deployment of solar and other renewable resources. In his speech, the governor underscored that California is on track to reach – and potentially exceed -- its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 33 percent by 2020.

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34 States Shut out of Organic Farm Program by Congress and White House

On Thursday, USDA published a notice in the Federal Register reminding the 16 states eligible for the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program to submit their application by February 7 for federal assistance in order to be able to provide cost-share assistance to their certified organic farmers.  Those 16 states – the 12 Northeast states plus HI, NV, UT, and WY – will divide $1.5 million among their State Departments of Agriculture.  Those Departments, in turn, will provide their organic farmers with up to $750 (not to exceed 75% of a producer’s certification costs) between now and September 30 to offset a portion of the annual fees that organic farmers pay for being certified.

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