Meatpacking plants in the spotlight at House covid hearing – March 3, 2021

Meatpacking plants in the spotlight at House covid hearing Meatpacking, poultry, and agricultural workers have faced “devastating” conditions during the pandemic, in part due to a lax approach to worker safety by employers and federal regulators, advocates said on Tuesday at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing.   Farmers expect rapid… Continue reading

Equity commission will root out systemic racism in USDA programs, says Vilsack – March 2, 2021

Equity commission will root out systemic racism in USDA programs, says Vilsack At the same time USDA announced its first-ever senior adviser for racial equity, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday that an equity commission would “identify and root out any systemic racism that may exist” in USDA programs…. Continue reading

The template for climate mitigation is soil conservation, says farm-enviro alliance – February 25, 2021

The template for climate mitigation is soil conservation, says farm-enviro alliance The new era of climate mitigation on the farm would look like a beefed-up version of longstanding USDA conservation programs, augmented by a carbon bank that sets a floor price for carbon sequestration and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,… Continue reading