July 25, 2014
Had our conservative instincts not prevailed, this post would this post would be headlined simply “Yessssss!”
Because not only did the Massachusetts Senate open the windows to let more sunlight into the political process, but it did so unanimously. This was altogether fitting since the Mass House approved a version the “Mass Disclose Act” by a whopping 143-4 in June. (Take that, Citizens United. As we recently blogged, your days are numbered — even if it is an admittedly big number.)
It must have been Clean Yield’s testimony from last September that persuaded the legislators. Read more »
July 24, 2014
Obtaining organic farming certification is a lengthy and costly endeavor. Some of that burden will be eased shortly by a provision in the 2014 Farm Bill (which I wrote about at greater length here). Last week Senator Patrick Leahy announced $13 million in funding to support small farmers across the U.S. who are transitioning to organic or are seeking to maintain their organic certification.
Organic production has been one of the fastest growing sectors in Vermont agriculture in recent years according to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). And data from the Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC, the organic certification program of NOFA Vermont, shows that total number of acres of certified organic production increased by 242% over the last decade, and the total number of certified organic producers doubled over the same period.
Through this cost-sharing program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers 75% (up to a maximum of $750) of the cost of their organic certification for organic farmers and processors. Vermont farmers benefit by being able to participate in the booming demand for local organic products from New England.
May 28, 2014
The Puppy Bowl, broadcast opposite the Super Bowl on Animal Planet, is television’s annual event “in which cuteness blankets the gridiron.” Puppies face off with chew toys and score an occasional, accidental touchdown.
Animal Planet is one of Discovery Communications’ signature networks. Discovery Communications is the largest “nonfiction” media company in the world. A leader in documentary programming, the company broadcasts in 224 countries in 45 languages. Its primary U.S. networks are the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery, and a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Genres include science, exploration, survival, natural history, sustainability of the environment, technology, anthropology, health and wellness, engineering, adventure, lifestyles, and current events. The company’s strategy is to leverage programming content across distribution channels and geographic regions. Read more »
May 27, 2014
Utah Medical Products has been in the business of health care for women and babies since 1978. Its products are designed to improve patient safety, clinical outcomes, and cost effectiveness. Its medical devices are used in critical care areas of neonatal intensive care, labor and delivery, and women’s health centers in hospitals, and they’re sold to outpatient clinics and physicians’ offices.
UTMD’s four main products areas are 1) gynecology/electrosurgery/urology tools for procedures associated primarily with cervical/uterine disease; 2) obstetrics, labor, and delivery tools for monitoring fetal and maternal well-being and for reducing risk in performing difficult delivery procedures; 3) neonatal critical care devices for providing care to the most critically ill babies; and 4) blood pressure monitoring devices. The company’s international operations in Ireland, the UK, and Australia now exceed those in the U.S. Read more »