Corn harvest looms in importance as stockpile shrinks
The U.S. corn stockpile has fallen to the lowest level in three years and there’s little hope this year’s diminished and delayed harvest will make up the difference. In a pair of government reports, the data made clear that the rainiest spring in a quarter-century had taken a toll.
Trump approval at 76 percent among farmers –straw poll
President Trump’s standing among farmers rose during the same week that House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry and a White House document showed Trump asked Ukraine to dig up dirt against a political rival.
Alaska’s biggest wild salmon run at risk
Bristol Bay is a rare, pristine fishery, the largest source of wild salmon in the world, but a new story by Alaskan journalist Julia O’Malley says it faces a dual threat – from a rapidly changing climate and a massive, Trump-backed mine.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
It’s OK to eat red meat – or not (NPR): A set of analyses published by a prominent medical journal says there’s no need for adults to cut back on red and processed meats, a conclusion that contradicts decades of studies of healthy diets. The articles set off an argument in the scientific community over nutrition research.
Trump tariff payments near $5.2 billion (USDA): In six weeks, the USDA has sent nearly $5.2 billion in trade-war payments to farmers and ranchers, with Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas the top states for payments.
Groups back pesticides for hemp (Hemp Council): The National Industrial Hemp Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation wrote EPA supporting applications for approval of 10 pesticides for use on hemp fields.
Uninspected meat sold to prisons (New Food Economy): Two executives of a meatpacking company in Texas have pleaded guilty to selling more than $1 million of adulterated and uninspected meat to federal prisons.
Iconic Pennsylvania dairy goes bust (Washingtonian): Trickling Springs Creamery, which sourced milk from about 32 small-scale farms for outlets in the Mid-Atlantic region, abruptly ceased operations after a securities investigation by the state of Pennsylvania