By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 7, 2018 at 12:21 pm | UPDATED: December 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm Most everyone knows about the abundance of free food at tech companies — a perk popularized by Google and others to attract talented workers with dining choices that make it unnecessary to leave campus. From the South Bay to the Peninsula to San Francisco, these companies employ hundreds of thousands of employees in the Bay Area. That’s a lot of food — and not all of it is consumed every day. What happens to what’s left over at the end of each day? Many of the companies donate their excess food, often through the outside caterers they use. For example, Google has donated nearly 60,000 pounds of food from January through October, spread out through different organizations. But Facebook — among the biggest and most high-profile of Silicon Valley tech giants that gives its employees free food — does … [Read more...] about Where does all the uneaten free tech food go?
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade relief strategy to protect agricultural producers. According to a press release from the USDA, President Donald Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations. “Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs. After careful analysis by our team at USDA, we have formulated our strategy to mitigate the trade damages sustained by our farmers. Our farmers work hard, and are the most productive … [Read more...] about USDA releases details of relief strategy for agricultural producers
Mitchell Schmidt The Gazette State commission approves five-year road and infrastructure plan Cedar Rapids utilities stronger following 2008’s flood Second Avenue SE to close temporarily for railroad work Cedar Rapids neighborhoods reinvestment & renewal USDA announces $7.4 million in loans to improve Iowa’s rural energy infrastructure All articles by Mitchell Despite having some of the cheapest housing in the nation, Iowa’s minimum wage still falls far below what many workers who earn it need to be able to afford rent, a new study has found. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2018 “Out of Reach” report, Iowa ranks fairly well — 45th best in the country — in terms of the wage needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home. Still, the study found a … [Read more...] about Report: Iowa’s minimum wage far below cost of rent
(l-r) Celia Gould, Mary Hasenroehl, John Maughan, Rick Naerebout, and Patricia Nilsson discuss agriculture in Idaho at Apr. 3 Breakfast Series. Agriculture contributes $3 billion to Idaho’s economy, making up 5 percent of the total state gross domestic product. Idaho is ranked first in the nation in the production of potatoes and barley, and fourth in the nation for milk and milk cow production. Although these numbers are high as well as farm productivity and exports increasing, farm income has fallen over the past several years. At IBR’s April 3 breakfast series on agriculture, five panelists talked about the state of the agricultural economy, lending, labor, land use, and commodity prices. They spoke about issues including immigration reform and cyclical issues with crops as well as what areas are growing in Idaho agriculture and innovations within the industry. The Panel Celia Gould, Director, Idaho State Department of Agriculture Mary Hasenoehrl, Grower representative, … [Read more...] about Breakfast Series report: Agriculture in Idaho
Driving the Day Good Tuesday morning. Hanukkah begins tonight. IT IS ELECTION DAY IN ALABAMA, and voters will choose between Roy Moore and Doug Jones. REPUBLICANS’ GOAL: Pass the tax bill before the new senator gets seated. Moore or Jones will be seated after Dec. 20, we hear. NEW: WE HEAR if everything goes according to plan, the Senate could vote on the negotiated tax plan next Monday or Tuesday, and the House would then vote Tuesday or Wednesday. The negotiated House-Senate tax plan is scheduled to be filed this Friday. This timeframe is designed to give adequate time to deal with government funding, which expires next Friday, and a deal to boost spending caps. Of course, a million things can go wrong between now and then. But this is what's being discussed at the top levels of Republican leadership.Story Continued Below GAME DAY IN ALABAMA -- “Moore, wife blast Washington establishment and media in final appeal,” by Alex Isenstadt and Gabe Debenedetti in Midland … [Read more...] about GAME DAY in Alabama — SCOOP: MCHENRY transfers 1M to NRCC — INSIDE Scalise’s holiday party — JOSH GREEN: Bannon inspired by Nazi propaganda — PELOSI’s sexual harassment meeting