Forest Fires, Tax Cuts – November 21, 2018

Interior secretary says local land management can prevent forest fires

Fighting fires, or shifting public lands from federal control? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in a press briefing Tuesday on California’s raging forest fires, called for more management of federal forest lands to be shifted to local authorities, arguing that this would help prevent fires. As… Continue reading

Dividing Up Tariff Payments

Tariff payments begin

(AP) – More than 1,100 of the early recipients of Trump tariff payments intended to offset the impact of the trade war on U.S. agriculture actually live in America’s largest cities, said the Environmental Working Group on Monday. The bailout recipients, the latest batch of “city slickers” identified by the… Continue reading

Tariff Payments Begin – November 20, 2018

Tariff payments begin

Trump tariff payments flow to cities as well as rural mailboxes More than 1,100 of the early recipients of Trump tariff payments intended to offset the impact of the trade war on U.S. agriculture actually live in America’s largest cities, said the Environmental Working Group on Monday. The bailout recipients… Continue reading

Cell-Based Meat Oversight – November 19, 2018

Cell-based meat to be regulated

House ag reaches deal, sends farm bill to Senate, reports say House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has backed off dramatic changes to SNAP in the stalled $87 billion farm bill, sealing a deal with ranking Democrat Collin Peterson and sending a version of the bill to the Senate, according… Continue reading

Trump, McConnell, Farm Bill – November 16, 2018

Farm Bill discussion during lame duck

Trump and McConnell discuss farm bill as part of lame duck agenda While some analysts expressed skepticism about passage of the farm bill, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the bill among must-do legislation on Thursday for action in the brief congressional post-election session. Trade war battering… Continue reading

Farm Bill & Lame Duck – November 15, 2018

McConnell: Farm Bill must be completed

McConnell: Farm bill absolutely must be completed in lame duck session Congress is nearly a quarter of the way through its post-election session with no apparent compromise on SNAP work rules or other disputes in the farm bill. Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that the farm… Continue reading

Mississippi Senate, China Overfishing – November 14, 2018

Mississipi Senate Race

Trump acolyte presses ahead in Mississippi Senate race Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a member of President Trump’s agriculture advisory committee in 2016, is following the president’s no-apology campaign style in the Senate runoff election against former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, a Democrat. Hyde-Smith is the front-runner in strongly Republican Mississippi…. Continue reading

New Ag Community Legislation

Ag Community Legislation

(AP) Last week, seven corporate agriculture interest groups sued the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to halt the extension of a public comment period on a proposed mega-dairy expansion in Winona County, Minnesota. The suit highlights broader efforts by agribusiness to silence opposition from rural residents who speak out against large concentrated… Continue reading