Regulating Cell Culture Technology – October 24, 2018

Cell Meat Technology

USDA and FDA seek to cooperate on regulating cell culture technology The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration began a two-day stakeholder meeting Tuesday to discuss how to regulate livestock and poultry produced with cell-culture technology. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized that… Continue reading

Will a Blue Wave Hit Farm Country? October 23, 2018

Will A Blue Wave Hit Farm Country

Turnover is in store for House Ag panel; will policy follow? A raft of newcomers will take office in the House in January, regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 6 elections, because nearly 1 in 6 current representatives is retiring or running for another office. The shift could have… Continue reading

Income Weak, Producers Borrow More – October 22, 2018

Income

Income weak, producers borrow more from ag banks Ag bankers report the largest summertime increase in non-real-estate loan volume in 16 years, driven primarily by demand for operating loans to pay day-to-day expenses, said a quarterly Federal Reserve report. Rural mothers are younger, have highest fertility rates Nationwide, women are… Continue reading

Big Soda Figts Local Soda Taxes

Soda

Perdue promotes America’s Harvest Box, the sequel The Trump administration’s budget-cutting plans for next year may well include a test, or even a full-scale revival, of “America’s Harvest Box,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday. Big Soda pours $20 million into fight against local soda taxes In June 2017,… Continue reading

USDA to Deliver Spending Cut – October 18, 2018

Spending cut ordered

USDA says it will deliver on Trump request for 5-percent spending cut Under orders from President Trump to cut spending by 5 percent, the USDA may try to slash the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance program, eliminate a green-payment program, or take an ax to its research agencies, if recent proposals are… Continue reading

Hurricane Michael Wallops Crops – October 15, 2018

Hurricane Michael impacts Georgia

Hurricane Michael wallops Georgia cotton, pecans and poultry For Georgia farmers, Hurricane Michael is “the most widespread and devastating hurricane in recollection,” said state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. More than 92 poultry barns, housing more than 2 million birds, were destroyed; cotton growers suffered massive losses; and pecan growers lost… Continue reading

Costly Fire Year Greets New Head of the Forest Service – October 12, 2018

New Forest Service Head

Costly fire year greets new head of the Forest Service Forest Service chief Vicki Christiansen, who took office on Thursday after six months as interim chief, said the USDA agency would spend $2.6 billion on fire suppression “for this historic fire season,” roughly the same as in 2017. North Carolina… Continue reading