Equity Commission to examine USDA programs and policies for bias – September 27, 2021

Equity Commission to examine USDA programs and policies for bias Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh will co-chair a congressionally approved Equity Commission to address racial discrimination within the USDA and its programs, announced the Agriculture Department. The USDA has been called “the last plantation” because of racial bias in its… Continue reading

‘Fairness for Farmers’ campaign targets market power of big companies – September 23, 2021

‘Fairness for Farmers’ campaign targets market power of big companies Buoyed by a Biden administration pledge to vigorously police agricultural mergers, the National Farmers Union launched the nationwide “Fairness for Farmers” campaign on Wednesday to restore competition in the marketplace. “This endeavor has clear goals: to curtail consolidation in agriculture… Continue reading

International contest of ideas: Farm to Fork vs. productivity coalition – September 17, 2021

International contest of ideas: Farm to Fork vs. productivity coalition The United States will launch a “coalition for productivity growth” to promote the use of high-tech tools such as gene editing and precision agriculture to build a more sustainable food system, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday. The coalition… Continue reading

House panel asks meatpackers how many Covid-19 infections and deaths they had at their plants – September 16, 2021

House panel asks meatpackers how many Covid-19 infections and deaths they had at their plants The toll the coronavirus has taken on the meatpacking industry may be greater than currently thought, said a House panel on Wednesday in asking Cargill and National Beef, two of the largest U.S. meat processors,… Continue reading