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Important beer news from my homeland.
Unlinking the Mystery of the Beer Supply Chain -- Let's talk about the beer supply chain. In particular, one very specific aspect of the law that many folks do not understand. People repeatedly ask Tiffany questions like, "Why don't you stock Victoria Bitter?" and "Can you order me a case of Ballast Point Brewing's Sculpin IPA?" People stand stupefied when she tells them that she cannot stock Victoria Bitter (an Australian beer) and she cannot order a case of Ballast Point IPA (a San Diego beer). It's not a matter of choice for Tiffany. She cannot sell either of those beers. Nobody can sell those beers in Washington. Think of it this way. There is a list of import breweries/beers that can be legally distributed and sold in Washington. When I say, "import breweries/beers," I am talking about any beer not produced in Washington. If it is not on that list, you cannot legally buy or sell it in Washington. No how, no way. Whether a bottleshop or bar buys it through a distributor or direct from the brewery, it must be on that list. There is no way to place a special order direct with a brewery that is not on the list. That is against the law.

What's up with palm oil these days?
Palm oil: Long and tortuous route to unsullied supply chains -- As demand for palm oil surged – roughly doubling in the past decade – farmers scrambled to plant trees, mostly on peat-rich forest land loaded with carbon. By the early 2000s, conversion of land for oil palm production on the Malaysian peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra had released more greenhouse gas emissions than China's entire transport sector in 2007, according to a recent study published in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This headline could be taken multiple ways...
SBA to Host Annual Women Procurement Conference -- The U.S. Small Business Administration of Wisconsin will present its annual Success a Group Effort (S.A.G.E.) Conference later this month as a means for women small business owners and all other entrepreneurs to seek out procurement opportunities. The event features guest speakers, expert panels and an array of networking opportunities for businesses.

I can get behind a city that procures goats for landscaping.
To Tackle an Invasive Weed, Bringing In the Hooved Pros -- Known for their unending, indiscriminate appetites, the goats are being rented by the city for the next six weeks from a farmer in the Hudson Valley. Parks officials are counting on the goats to clear the phragmites across two acres of wetlands that will eventually be cultivated with native grasses like spartina and black needle rush. The hope is that the goats will weaken the phragmites, setting the stage for another series of assaults on their stubborn rhizomes -- applying herbicide, scarifying the earth and laying down sand. In the short term, the goats are part of an unusual experiment to eradicate the pesky reeds, which were introduced from Europe in the late 19th century and which, once rooted, are almost impossible to eliminate. They have fueled brush fires across the region and pushed out other species along the East Coast.

- Sheena Moore

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