Trump Heads for Farm Country – October 26, 2018

Trump heads to farm country for midterms

Trump heads for farm country as midterms near Ten days ahead of the midterm elections, President Trump will tout his agricultural record to a pared-down crowd of 7,000 teenagers at the FFA national convention in Indianapolis and campaign in southern Illinois for an imperiled Republican member of the House Agriculture… Continue reading

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

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

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

#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

Florence an Agriculture Nightmare – September 20, 2018

Florence surpasses Matthew in Agriculture Destruction

Florence swamps Matthew as North Carolina agriculture scourge Twice as many livestock have died in North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence as perished in Hurricane Matthew two years ago, and more manure lagoons have been damaged or flooded, state agencies said on Wednesday. Cities protest farm bill ban on local… Continue reading

Imports Totaling $200 Billion Facing New Tariffs – September 18, 2018

China Tightens Belt

Trump orders tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports With a warning against retaliation that targets “our farmers or other industries,” President Trump ordered a new wave of tariffs on Chinese products and imports, this time on $200 billion of goods that will face a 10 percent duty initially and… Continue reading

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