Summer Food Program Loses Ground – July 11, 2019

Summer food program loses ground for third year

Participation in federally funded summer nutrition programs, which provide meals for low-income children when school is out of session, is down by 10 percent since 2015, said the anti-hunger Food Research and Action Center in a report today.

Ag purchases would show good faith by China, says Kudlow

There is no deadline for resolving the Sino-U.S. trade war, said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday, but China ought to purchase U.S. soybeans and wheat as a sign of good faith while negotiations are under way.


Farmers face hemp obstacles (Harvest Public Media): As states rush into hemp production, farmers face challenges like seed fraud, soggy weather, and a lack of harvesting equipment.

Downplaying climate change at USGS (E&E News): Despite promises by its director to protect scientific integrity, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey have sanitized news releases of references to the impact of climate change or omitted the topic altogether.

Kobach announces for Roberts’ seat (Kansas City Star): Republican Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state who lost a 2018 race for governor, announced his candidacy for the Senate seat held by retiring Senate Agriculture chairman Pat Roberts.

A farm foe for USMCA (The Hagstrom Report): The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association is urging its members to ask lawmakers to vote against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement because it does not include provisions to prevent seasonal surges of fresh produce from Mexico.

Mechanical pruning for grapes (Growing Produce): Grape growers could save 90 percent on pruning costs by turning the job over to machinery, say University of California extension advisers who see a “no-touch vineyard” in the future.

Profits not assured for hog farmers (farmdoc daily): Despite record pork exports, profits for hog farmers are not assured because of the trade war with China.

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