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

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

California Goes Cage-Free

California Goes Cage Free

(AP) – Just like a decade ago, Californians approved welfare standards for farm animals in a landslide on Tuesday. Precedent-setting “cage-free” Proposition 12 will require farmers to give sows, veal calves, and egg-laying chickens more room to move about and also require that pork, veal, and eggs produced outside of… 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

Lawmakers to Study Declining Monarch, Bee Populations

monarch butterfly, bee populations

Texas lawmakers to study declining monarch butterfly and bee populations The population of monarch butterflies continues to decline and are down about 15 percent from a year ago, according to numbers from a Texas A&M University monarch butterfly researcher. With that drop, there’s an overall 90 percent decline in the population… Continue reading