Farmers expect more Trump tariff payments in 2020
Although farmers and ranchers overwhelmingly believe they will emerge as winners from the Sino-U.S. trade war, they also expect the Trump administration will send them billions of dollars in trade-war payments on 2020 crops yet to be planted, according to a Purdue University poll released on Tuesday.
SNAP enrollment is lowest in a decade
Food stamp enrollment is forecast for 37.1 million people this fiscal year, the lowest figure since the early days of the Great Recession.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
McCarthy to lead major green group (NRDC): Gina McCarthy, EPA chief during the Obama era, will become chief executive of the Natural Resouces Defense Council on Jan. 6.
Little land available for young farmers (Minneapolis Star Tribune): As farmers and landowners retire or die, their heirs “are consolidating their grip on the nation’s arable land,” making it nearly impossible for beginning farmers to buy land.
Trade war dollars go to Brazilian subsidiary (Washington Post): The U.S. subsidiary of Brazilian meatpacker JBS received more than $78 million in federal contracts intended to soften the blow of the Sino-U.S. trade war on livestock producers.
Hello, farmstead cheese (Washington Post): With Trump tariffs hiking the price of imported cheese, consumers increasingly may turn to American artisanal cheeses this holiday season.
Perdue leads trade mission to Mexico (USDA): A U.S. agricultural trade mission led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will “forge new opportunities” during a three-day trip to Mexico, which accounts for 17 percent of U.S. food and ag trade.