School Dinner a Growing Option – October 11, 2018

Dinner and option for students

Dinner at school is a growing option for U.S. students Compared to the long-established school lunch program, after-school programs that provide snacks or supper to pupils are tiny. In fact, just 1.2 million suppers, versus 30 million lunches, are served in school each day. North Carolina ag losses from Florence… Continue reading

Yields at Risk as Global Temperature Rises – October 9, 2018

Yields at Risk as Temperature Climbs

‘It’s not just SNAP.’ Regional shift in subsidies tying up farm bill, Stabenow says. House Agriculture chairman Michael Conaway would move hundreds of millions of dollars in crop subsidies to cotton growers to the disadvantage of northern farmers, said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, one of the “big four” farm bill negotiators…. Continue reading

Climate Solution Discussed – October 8, 2018

Global climate solution

At global summit, farming and land ‘central pillars’ in climate solution At the two-day Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, food, forestry and agriculture—long viewed as step-children when it came to climate solutions—were recognized as central to whatever progress is going to made in reaching climate goals established in… Continue reading

Trade Access, Mid-Terms – October 5, 2018

Wheat and dairy groups on trade

U.S. ‘locking up’ trade access to Canada and Mexico, says Perdue Wheat and dairy groups were guarded in their assessments of the North American trade pact, while Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asserted on Thursday the agreement “is locking up two of our top three markets for the future.” Farm bill… Continue reading

Fast Food, Farm Bill, #MeToo – October 4, 2018

Three things that go together: Young adults, affluence and fast food Roughly 37 percent of U.S. adults eat fast food daily, says a CDC analysis of dietary data, but the rate is much higher for men and women aged 20-39 and for higher-income people. Farm bill proposal on yields ‘does… Continue reading

#MeToo in Restaurant Industry, Farm Bill Deadlock, – October 3, 2018

#MeToo movement exposes alleged restaurant abuse

Farm bill deadlock raises chances of short-term extension Iowa’s Chuck Grassley was one of two senators on Tuesday to suggest an extension of the farm law that expired at the start of this week. President Trump has backed House Republicans in demanding stronger work requirements on a larger number of… Continue reading

Dairy Was A Deal-Breaker – October 2, 2018

Trump Sill on top in Farm Country

‘Dairy was a deal-breaker’ in writing NAFTA’s successor, says president President Trump veered between predicting easy approval of the new Canada-Mexico-U.S. trade agreement and expressing concerns about opposition to the pact on Monday while declaring that the agreement “is a very, very big deal for our farmers.” High costs for… Continue reading

Conaway Blames Senate as Farm Law Lapses – October 1, 2018

Conaway Blames Senate For Farm Bill Lapse

Conaway blames Senate as farm law lapses Two days after farm bill negotiators declared unity in working together on the 2018 farm bill, the House author of the most controversial proposal on the table — stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients — attacked Senate negotiators as “weak-willed”. Canada to… Continue reading