Farmers Support Trade War Despite Losses – November 5, 2019

Farmers support trade war despite their financial losses


Farmers in three Midwestern states say the China-U.S. trade war is hitting them in the pocketbook, but they support President Trump’s policy of piling tariffs on the one-time top customer for U.S. agriculture exports, say Iowa State University researchers.


Lawmakers propose USDA agency for agricultural innovation


The USDA would sprout a new research agency dedicated to innovative agricultural technologies under legislation announced by Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne on Monday.


Investing in nutrition research (Politico): Investment by the Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health in nutrition research is dwindling, despite national concern about diet-related illness.


McDonald’s head is out (Wall Street Journal): The CEO of McDonald’s, Steve Easterbrook, was fired due to a relationship with an employee; the company will pay him 26 weeks of severance.


Wine country becomes fire country (Los Angeles Times): For the most part, Sonoma County’s wineries and their fields of vines survived the vast Kincade fire, but questions remain over what the economic impact will be on family-owned operations.


Urban agriculture goes underground (Modern Farmer): Visitors undergo a decontamination process before stepping into a pink-hued, temperature-controlled work area of Growing Underground, an urban farm located in converted World War II bomb shelters beneath London.


Looking for a hemp buyer (Reuters): Two-thirds of hemp farmers lacked a buyer for this year’s harvest, as experts report a hemp glut that has driven down prices; some fear small growers will be driven out.


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