New NAFTA Hurts – November 1, 2018

New NAFTA results in losses

Four times more tariff pain than financial gain in ‘new NAFTA’ Although President Trump declared the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement a big win for U.S. farmers, a study released on Wednesday says U.S. farm exports will fall by $1.8 billion due to retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and Canada. That would be… Continue reading

Wyoming Ag-Gag Laws Unconstitutional – October 31, 2018

Wyoming Ag-Gag Laws Unconstitutional

Trump campaigning for farm-state Republicans in tight races Three Senate races, seven House races, and three statewide referendums could dramatically change the food and agriculture policy landscape after Tuesday’s midterms. Federal court finds Wyoming ag-gag laws unconstitutional The U.S. District Court in Wyoming ruled Monday that the state’s ag-gag laws… Continue reading

Animal Populations Fall Worldwide – October 30, 2018

Animal Populations Fall Worldwide

Trump to send second round of tariff payments to farmers by year end With no end in sight for the trade war, the Trump administration will begin a second, multibillion-dollar round of payments to soybean, cotton, pork, dairy, sorghum, wheat and corn producers by the end of the year, said… Continue reading

Trump, Fast Food, SNAP – October 29, 2018

Fast Food in CDC report

Trump: ‘We don’t have enough votes’ for stricter SNAP rules Banking on Republican gains in the midterm elections, President Trump said Congress could wait until next year to pass the farm bill because “we don’t have enough votes” now for stricter work requirements for millions of SNAP recipients. In CDC… Continue reading

Trump Heads for Farm Country – October 26, 2018

Trump heads to farm country for midterms

Trump heads for farm country as midterms near Ten days ahead of the midterm elections, President Trump will tout his agricultural record to a pared-down crowd of 7,000 teenagers at the FFA national convention in Indianapolis and campaign in southern Illinois for an imperiled Republican member of the House Agriculture… Continue reading

Regulating Cell Culture Technology – October 24, 2018

Cell Meat Technology

USDA and FDA seek to cooperate on regulating cell culture technology The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration began a two-day stakeholder meeting Tuesday to discuss how to regulate livestock and poultry produced with cell-culture technology. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized that… Continue reading

Will a Blue Wave Hit Farm Country? October 23, 2018

Will A Blue Wave Hit Farm Country

Turnover is in store for House Ag panel; will policy follow? A raft of newcomers will take office in the House in January, regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 6 elections, because nearly 1 in 6 current representatives is retiring or running for another office. The shift could have… Continue reading

Income Weak, Producers Borrow More – October 22, 2018

Income

Income weak, producers borrow more from ag banks Ag bankers report the largest summertime increase in non-real-estate loan volume in 16 years, driven primarily by demand for operating loans to pay day-to-day expenses, said a quarterly Federal Reserve report. Rural mothers are younger, have highest fertility rates Nationwide, women are… Continue reading

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