Government Role in Agriculture Expands – May 22, 2019

Trade war expands government role in agriculture, despite decades of free-market reforms

The multibillion-dollar Trump tariff payments to farmers are expanding the government role in agriculture despite decades of free-market reforms that told farmers to pursue profits rather than subsidies.

Come here, ERS and NIFA, say Kansas and Missouri lawmakers

With a USDA decision on relocating ERS and NIFA expected soon, Missouri and Kansas lawmakers said that Kansas City “is ideally located” to be the new home of the two research agencies.


A water crisis in the Central Valley (New York Times): Many farmworkers who pick the produce that feeds the country live in unincorporated towns with polluted water, a chronic problem that the state has not yet figured out how to solve.

Perdue hits 50 (Ag Insider): In office for slightly more than two years, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit his 50th state, Utah, on Wednesday to sign a forest management agreement with Gov. Gary Herbert.

ASF vaccine will take years (The Hagstrom Report): Agriculture Undersecretary Greg Ibach told a House Agriculture subcommittee that scientists estimate it will take eight years to find an effective vaccine against African swine fever.

Gottlieb skeptical of CDB efficacy (STAT): Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says there is no evidence to support putting the hemp derivative into the food supply but there may be a “pharmaceutical opportunity here.”

Trump puts USMCA ahead of infrastructure (Ag Insider): In a letter aimed at pressuring skeptical Democratic leaders in Congress, President Trump says: “Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal.”

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