USDA to Deliver Spending Cut – October 18, 2018

Spending cut ordered

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

Hurricane Michael Wallops Crops – October 15, 2018

Hurricane Michael impacts Georgia

Hurricane Michael wallops Georgia cotton, pecans and poultry For Georgia farmers, Hurricane Michael is “the most widespread and devastating hurricane in recollection,” said state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. More than 92 poultry barns, housing more than 2 million birds, were destroyed; cotton growers suffered massive losses; and pecan growers lost… Continue reading

Costly Fire Year Greets New Head of the Forest Service – October 12, 2018

New Forest Service Head

Costly fire year greets new head of the Forest Service Forest Service chief Vicki Christiansen, who took office on Thursday after six months as interim chief, said the USDA agency would spend $2.6 billion on fire suppression “for this historic fire season,” roughly the same as in 2017. North Carolina… Continue reading

School Dinner a Growing Option – October 11, 2018

Dinner and option for students

Dinner at school is a growing option for U.S. students Compared to the long-established school lunch program, after-school programs that provide snacks or supper to pupils are tiny. In fact, just 1.2 million suppers, versus 30 million lunches, are served in school each day. North Carolina ag losses from Florence… Continue reading

Yields at Risk as Global Temperature Rises – October 9, 2018

Yields at Risk as Temperature Climbs

‘It’s not just SNAP.’ Regional shift in subsidies tying up farm bill, Stabenow says. House Agriculture chairman Michael Conaway would move hundreds of millions of dollars in crop subsidies to cotton growers to the disadvantage of northern farmers, said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, one of the “big four” farm bill negotiators…. Continue reading

Climate Solution Discussed – October 8, 2018

Global climate solution

At global summit, farming and land ‘central pillars’ in climate solution At the two-day Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, food, forestry and agriculture—long viewed as step-children when it came to climate solutions—were recognized as central to whatever progress is going to made in reaching climate goals established in… Continue reading

Trade Access, Mid-Terms – October 5, 2018

Wheat and dairy groups on trade

U.S. ‘locking up’ trade access to Canada and Mexico, says Perdue Wheat and dairy groups were guarded in their assessments of the North American trade pact, while Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asserted on Thursday the agreement “is locking up two of our top three markets for the future.” Farm bill… Continue reading