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.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
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.