Commissioner Miller Issues Warning on Unsolicited Seeds From China

 (7/27/2020) Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Texans to take extreme precaution when receiving unsolicited seed packets from China. These packets have been mailed to multiple states, including Texas, falsely labeled as jewelry. Residents are advised not to plant the seeds as they could contain harmful invasive species… Continue reading

Covid-19 cases appear to be slowing at meat plants. But companies aren’t releasing test results. – July 27, 2020

Covid-19 cases appear to be slowing at meat plants. But companies aren’t releasing test results. After many months of surging cases, the number of new Covid-19 infections reported at meatpacking plants appears to have slowed. Yet with limited information from the major meatpackers on new cases at their facilities, advocates… Continue reading

White House cites USDA ‘poison pills’ in threat to veto $260 billion spending bill – July 24, 2020

White House cites USDA ‘poison pills’ in threat to veto $260 billion spending bill The White House listed five dozen objections to parts of a $260 billion government funding bill, including bans on implementing two Trump regulations to narrow SNAP eligibility, on Thursday, and threatened a presidential veto. As the… Continue reading

Meatpackers skeptical of broader disclosure of cattle prices and purchases – July 23, 2020

Meatpackers skeptical of broader disclosure of cattle prices and purchases Noting complaints about dwindling competition, the USDA listed several ways to improve price transparency in the cattle market on Wednesday and offered to assist stakeholders and policymakers in exploring options to assure fair prices and level the playing field between… Continue reading

Lax rules, little accountability in Trump food-box giveaway – July 22, 2020

Lax rules, little accountability in Trump food-box giveaway, say House Democrats The Farmers to Families Food Box giveaway program, the Trump administration’s response to hunger during the coronavirus pandemic, went into operation without a formula to assure aid was distributed fairly across the country, said the USDA official overseeing the… Continue reading