Press China to buy more, farm groups say to Trump – June 17, 2020

Press China to buy more, farm groups say to Trump


The “phase one” trade agreement with China could be the foundation of rural and food-sector prosperity, said 192 farm and agribusiness groups in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday that called for timely implementation of the pact, signed five months ago at the White House.


House Ag panelist among lawmakers benefiting from PPP

For fifth-term Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, a loan she and her husband received from the Payroll Protection Program for their small businesses has become a small issue in her campaign for re-election.


Bumble Bee chief sentenced to prison (IntraFish): U.S. district judge Edward Chen sentenced the former chief executive of Bumble Bee, Christoper Lischewsk, to 40 months in prison and fined him $100,000 as the mastermind in a scheme to fix tuna prices.



‘Supermarket redlining’ (CNN): Supermarket chains pursued white suburban shoppers at the expense of black neighborhoods in urban areas with the result that groceries are more expensive and harder to find in the city.



Ag appropriator under review (The Hill): The House Ethics Committee said it was extending its review of a matter involving Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing USDA and FDA funds; a Sanford aide said the issue involved campaign spending.



Workers wary of meat plants (Reuters): Meatpackers face high levels of absenteeism because workers are afraid they will become infected with the coronavirus at the plant; a union official said nationwide 30 percent to 50 percent of workers stayed home last week.



A century of tractor testing (Nebraska Quarterly): The Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, which began work in July 1920, was the first and still is the only independent tractor testing facility in the western hemisphere, providing an arms-length appraisal of manufacturers’ claims of horsepower, emissions and noise levels.

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