GFA Receives Leahy Grants and EPA Rejects CAFO Petitions
**The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is among 103 organizations recently selected to receive funding through the Patrick Leahy Farm to School Grant Program administered by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service.
www.gfb.org reports, the GFA is receiving nearly $100,000 to help cover the cost of sending its Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom to elementary schools across the state.
The grants support projects that create opportunities for children to learn about nutrition and agriculture through hands-on learning.
**As wheat harvest draws to an end, farmers brace for a potential threat to their crop that costs tens of millions of dollars each year.
High levels of alpha-amylase (am-uh-laze) protein in wheat can lead to a low falling number score, that determines the quality and price of wheat.
The Foundation for Food & Ag Research is awarding a $835,000 Seeding Solutions grant to Washington State University to develop a faster, cheaper and more accurate testing.
**The EPA has rejected two petitions from environmental groups calling for stronger Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO regulations.
Instead, the agency says it will conduct a "comprehensive evaluation" to determine if any changes are needed.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association issued a statement thanking EPA for supporting farmers and ranchers.
Critics have long contended that lax farm runoff regulations have increased water pollution.