Wary Democrats, Low Ag Surplus – December 6, 2018

Lowest ag surplus due to trade war

Wary Democrats slow path for USDA civil rights nominee The Senate Agriculture Committee cleared three USDA nominees for a floor vote on Wednesday, but significant Democratic opposition could prevent a confirmation vote this year on Naomi Earp, President Trump’s pick to be the agency’s assistant secretary for civil rights. Trade… Continue reading

Egg Law, Farm Subsidies – December 5, 2018

California egg law bodes well for future

Congress sets the rules but farm subsidies are ‘a great investment,’ says Perdue Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue steered clear of a farm bill squabble on Tuesday that has Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley considering a vote against the bill because it would relax crop subsidy limits. DOJ’s stance on California egg… Continue reading

Pork Prices, China Trade – December 4, 2018

Pork prices affected by trade

White House expects immediate action by China on ag trade Taking a “show me” stance, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday he expected China to roll back tariffs on U.S. farm exports promptly and begin trade reforms in line with the trade deal struck by President Trump… Continue reading

Farm Bill, Income, Nutria Invasion – December 3, 2018

Nutria Invasion in California

The farm-income bump is the bailout by Trump U.S. farm income will be slightly higher than expected this year due chiefly to $4.7 billion in Trump tariff payments that will buffer the impact of trade war on commodity prices, says the USDA. With the bailout, farmers are forecast to collect… Continue reading

China Ag Sales Fall in Trade War – November 30, 2018

China Ag Sales drop 45 percent in trade war

U.S. ag sales to China to fall by 45 percent in trade war China, formerly the No. 1 customer for U.S. ag exports, will buy a comparatively paltry $9 billion worth of those exports this fiscal year, a startling 45 percent cutback due to the trade war, said the USDA… Continue reading

Farm Bill on Capitol Hill, Cell-Based Meat – November 29, 2018

Capitol Hill

On Capitol Hill, tentative agreement for a ‘status quo’ farm bill With congressional leaders calling the shots on forestry language, and with an incendiary Republican proposal for strict SNAP work requirements apparently off the table, negotiators reached a tentative agreement Wednesday on a farm bill that is evolutionary rather than… Continue reading

Oakland Leads at Cutting Food Waste – November 28, 2018

Oakland Leads at cutting food waste

Final farm bill hurdle: White House forestry demands Congressional leaders are taking a direct hand in the final farm bill fight—the Trump administration’s demands for a freer hand in fire prevention in national forests—with a decision possible as early as today that would allow a lame-duck vote on the $87-billion-a-year… Continue reading

Leadership, Farm Bill – November 27, 2018

An Aggie moves up in leadership

An Aggie tries to move up in House Democratic leadership Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos says she knows, from first-hand experience prevailing in a Trump district, how the party can protect its newly won majority in the 2020 elections. Bustos, the only midwesterner in party leadership, is one of four candidates… Continue reading

Drop in Production, Rural Broadband – November 26, 2018

rural broadband

Hotter and drier, with a drop in production, is the future of U.S. agriculture Climate change will bring higher temperatures and more frequent drought to farmers across the United States, resulting in reduced crop and livestock yields, according to the National Climate Assessment that was released over the weekend. USDA’s… Continue reading