Big Soda Figts Local Soda Taxes

Soda

Perdue promotes America’s Harvest Box, the sequel The Trump administration’s budget-cutting plans for next year may well include a test, or even a full-scale revival, of “America’s Harvest Box,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday. Big Soda pours $20 million into fight against local soda taxes In June 2017,… Continue reading

USDA to Deliver Spending Cut – October 18, 2018

Spending cut ordered

USDA says it will deliver on Trump request for 5-percent spending cut Under orders from President Trump to cut spending by 5 percent, the USDA may try to slash the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance program, eliminate a green-payment program, or take an ax to its research agencies, if recent proposals are… Continue reading

Hurricane Michael Wallops Crops – October 15, 2018

Hurricane Michael impacts Georgia

Hurricane Michael wallops Georgia cotton, pecans and poultry For Georgia farmers, Hurricane Michael is “the most widespread and devastating hurricane in recollection,” said state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. More than 92 poultry barns, housing more than 2 million birds, were destroyed; cotton growers suffered massive losses; and pecan growers lost… Continue reading

Costly Fire Year Greets New Head of the Forest Service – October 12, 2018

New Forest Service Head

Costly fire year greets new head of the Forest Service Forest Service chief Vicki Christiansen, who took office on Thursday after six months as interim chief, said the USDA agency would spend $2.6 billion on fire suppression “for this historic fire season,” roughly the same as in 2017. North Carolina… Continue reading

Early Hurricane Michael Reports Indicate Heavy Loss to Cotton, Pecans, Property

Hurricane Michael Damage

(AP) Hurricane Michael tore through some of Georgia’s most productive farmland Wednesday afternoon and evening, packing winds as high as 120 miles per hour and destroying vulnerable cotton, peanuts, pecans and vegetable crops, in addition to significant property damage. Early reports indicate damage to aerial applicator aircraft hangars, chicken houses,… Continue reading

School Dinner a Growing Option – October 11, 2018

Dinner and option for students

Dinner at school is a growing option for U.S. students Compared to the long-established school lunch program, after-school programs that provide snacks or supper to pupils are tiny. In fact, just 1.2 million suppers, versus 30 million lunches, are served in school each day. North Carolina ag losses from Florence… Continue reading