‘Fairness for Farmers’ campaign targets market power of big companies – September 23, 2021

‘Fairness for Farmers’ campaign targets market power of big companies Buoyed by a Biden administration pledge to vigorously police agricultural mergers, the National Farmers Union launched the nationwide “Fairness for Farmers” campaign on Wednesday to restore competition in the marketplace. “This endeavor has clear goals: to curtail consolidation in agriculture… Continue reading

International contest of ideas: Farm to Fork vs. productivity coalition – September 17, 2021

International contest of ideas: Farm to Fork vs. productivity coalition The United States will launch a “coalition for productivity growth” to promote the use of high-tech tools such as gene editing and precision agriculture to build a more sustainable food system, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday. The coalition… Continue reading

House panel asks meatpackers how many Covid-19 infections and deaths they had at their plants – September 16, 2021

House panel asks meatpackers how many Covid-19 infections and deaths they had at their plants The toll the coronavirus has taken on the meatpacking industry may be greater than currently thought, said a House panel on Wednesday in asking Cargill and National Beef, two of the largest U.S. meat processors,… Continue reading

House panel approves $66 billion ag bill; change in ‘stepped-up basis’ is abandoned – September 14, 2021

House panel approves $66 billion ag bill; change in ‘stepped-up basis’ is abandoned The Democratic-controlled House Agriculture Committee approved its $66 billion part of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion “build back better” bill on a party-line vote Monday, with Chairman David Scott saying he was confident that $28 billion will be… Continue reading

Price tag for new nutrition and ag spending nears $100 billion – September 13, 2021

Price tag for new nutrition and ag spending nears $100 billion During congressional committee work on the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion “build back better” bill, majority-party House Democrats approved a $35 billion expansion of child nutrition programs last week and were expected to vote on Monday for an additional $66… Continue reading