Trump orders tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports
With a warning against retaliation that targets “our farmers or other industries,” President Trump ordered a new wave of tariffs on Chinese products and imports, this time on $200 billion of goods that will face a 10 percent duty initially and rise to 25 percent on Jan. 1.
If it’s not cage-free, California referendum would bar sale of eggs, pork and veal
A decade ago, California voters rattled the U.S. farm sector and set off years of lawsuits by approving a referendum to give egg-laying chickens, sows and veal calves the room to stand up, lie down, turn around and fully extend their limbs. On Nov. 6, the electorate could do it again, this time by specifying how many square feet each animal would get
Hurricane Florence swamps hog lagoons in North Carolina
At least eight manure lagoons in hog-heavy southeastern North Carolina were breached, flooded or “overtopped” due to relentless rainfall from Hurricane Florence and flooding that is expected to continue for days, said a state official on Monday.
D.C. city council may overturn voter measure on tipped minimum wage
In a packed hearing that ran into the late evening, Washington, D.C.’s city council debated Monday whether to repeal a recently-passed ballot initiative to raise the tipped minimum wage, which has been fiercely opposed by the restaurant industry.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Conaway could vote against farm bill (The Hill): House Agriculture chairman Michael Conaway, author of a GOP-backed plan to expand work requirements for food stamp recipients, said in an interview that he would not vote for the 2018 farm bill if it fails to overhaul SNAP.
Hot food for SNAP in North Carolina (USDA): In a waiver that recognizes the impact of Hurricane Florence, SNAP recipients in North Carolina, an estimated 600,000 households, can buy hot food and ready-to-eat food with their EBT cards through Oct. 31; usually SNAP is limited to groceries for preparation at home.
Tyson CEO steps down (Reuters): Tom Hayes, who has served as CEO of Tyson Foods since 2016, stepped down from the post for personal reasons.
France rejects complete ban on glyphosate (The Connexion): For the second time this year, the French National Assembly rejected a complete ban on the weedkiller glyphosate, meaning the chemical will not be outlawed within the next three years.
For ‘farm to fork,’ look at Sacramento (Civil Eats): Urban agriculture is becoming a way of life in California’s capital city and advocates are working to highlight the people who grow and sell it.
Is weed the new wine? (Washington Post): As legal markets open for marijuana, it’s beginning to compete with wine.
Doggett to lead Corn Growers (NCGA): The board of the National Corn Growers Association named Jon Doggett, one of its top executives since 2002, as its new chief executive after a six-week stretch of holding the post as interim chief executive.
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