Here are some excerpts of correspondence between the USDA and some of Georgia’s congressmen. My favorite one is about the Greek yogurt, but the others get more ink:
Re: Trade barriers to biotech crops
Letter of May 7, 2013, to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack & US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis:
The U.S. Department [...]
The state Legislature uses mountains of paper every day. Multiply that by 40 days and that’s a lot of paper. What’s on those pages?
Click the graphic for a bigger and printable version. It’s 8.5 x 11.
The graphic above updates a typo and correctly gives the count [...]
Need or want to learn what Georgia government does?
State government probably has more to do with your day-to-day life than the federal government.
So here’s a 40,000-foot-view of what your state government does, translated & interpreted from jargon to English.
Click on it to zoom in.
Yes, it’s hard to read on the screen [...]
In case you didn’t know, controlled forest burns are awesome, and they’re proving it yearly in a longleaf pine forest in Talbot County.
From the Georgia Environmental Protection Division announcement:
The Georgia General Assembly has appropriated $500,000 in State Fiscal Year 2014 Funds for Regional Water Planning, $150,000 of which is being made available for competitive grants. These “Regional Water Plan Seed Grants” are being provided to support and incentivize local governments and [...]
Don’t move ash firewood! It might carry hungry Asian predators ready to eat your ash trees.
Well, that’s the message from DNR, DeKalb County, the Invasive Species Task Force, et al: the Emerald Ash Borer has arrived in Georgia. (If you buy firewood, burn it where you buy it)
The ash tree-destroying pest has [...]
“Some fish in the Savannah River below Augusta contain the radioactive elements cesium-137 and strontium-90. Exposure to large amounts of these elements may increase the risk of developing cancer.”
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The other day at the state GOP convention, Governor Nathan Deal said something that caught my former-Clarkston-resident ear, as reported by Jim Galloway:
“Our state had the sixth highest number of refugees of any state in the country. Sixty-nine percent of all refugees in Georgia wind up in DeKalb [...]
That fish kill, that’s going to be a lot of ink, a lot of pixels and a lot of billable hours for years to come. ’Cause there are 65 lawsuits on it.
After a 2011 fish kill in the Ogeechee River starting from Screven County, some landowners downstream of the King [...]
So, I’ve been going around ranting that some news stories profit from being told with pictures rather than words.
Thus, for your consideration, a story about the state grades given to Georgia high schools.
Ps, there’s one school that ranks above 100. That’s accurate. A school can get bonus points if it serves like, harder-to-serve [...]
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- Talbot County pines hide wetlands, grassy lands and controlled burn study
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