Fish Bill, Ag Sales, Farm Bill – September 13, 2018

Fish Bill looming

Looming renewal of ‘fish bill’ reveals industry-advocate divide More than 100 organizations submitted a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday asking them to oppose ocean aquaculture. The letter was delivered as the looming renewal of the “fish bill,” the Magnuson-Stevens Act, reveals divides between the fishing industry and environmentalists,… Continue reading

Soda Taxes, Cell-Based Meat – September 11, 2018

Industry seeks ban on soda taxes

Industry seeks ban on soda taxes in Washington State The three largest soft drink companies in America have donated more than 98 cents of every $1 given to a campaign in Washington State to ban local governments from imposing new taxes on groceries, including soda and other sugary beverages. Senate… Continue reading

House Negotiations on SANP – September 7, 2018

Democrats Take the House

Two SNAP proposals in the House could cut enrollment by 8 percent, say researchers A nonpartisan research group says that two of the lesser-known provisions at issue during Senate-House negotiations over the 2018 farm bill could reduce food stamp enrollment by 8 percent. Those affected would include large numbers of… Continue reading

Corn Top Crop, NAFTA, Farm Bill – September 4, 2018

Ethanol Easier to sell

China trips, soybeans, corn wins race for top U.S. crop A year after making soybeans the most widely grown crop in the country, U.S. farmers will make corn king again, driven by a trade war with China and a burdensome soy stockpile, said the FAPRI think tank at the University… Continue reading

Farm Income, Dairy, and Dicamba – August 31, 2018

Farm income stabilizes short-term

Farm income stabilizes a bit, but financial stress edges upward U.S. farm income is higher than expected this year and is regaining its footing after taking a tumble early this decade, said the Agriculture Department on Thursday. Nonetheless, net farm income will be the lowest since 2006, and the debt-to-asset… Continue reading

Canada, Trade War, and Dicamba – August 30, 2018

Canada and NAFTA

Trade war ends China’s role as top U.S. ag export customer Canada, runner-up for most of this decade, has replaced China as the top market for U.S. farm exports because of the high tariffs that have discouraged sales in the Sino-U.S. trade war, said the Agriculture Department on Wednesday. China… Continue reading