Economic Storm in Farm Country – January 7, 2019

Growing economic storm

Federal nutrition assistance at risk in a long-running shutdown Two of the major public nutrition programs, SNAP and WIC, could run out of money if the partial government shutdown persists into February and beyond, affecting millions of people. While the USDA says funding is assured for this month, it is… Continue reading

USDA and the Shutdown – January 4, 2019

USDA and the Shutdown

As House Agriculture chairman, Peterson plans extensive oversight hearings Incoming Agriculture Committee chair Collin Peterson spelled out an ambitious plan for hearings on topics from the farm economy and the trade war to rural broadband and a review of Sonny Perdue’s decision to move two USDA agencies out of Washington…. Continue reading

Penniman – “Farming While Black” – January 2, 2019

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

Holiday Traditions

Christmas and other December holidays are steeped in a variety of traditions, but perhaps there is no other time of the year when celebrations revolve so strongly around U.S. agricultural products and thoughts of farm life. Christmas and holiday cards, trees, meals—all focal points of the holiday season—have strong ties… Continue reading