Farm Bill Implies Stricter SNAP requirements – September 21, 2018

Stricter SNAP Work Requirements Needed in Farm Bill

Stricter SNAP work requirement paramount in farm bill, say free-market proponents There is little point in writing a compromise version of the House and Senate farm bills if it does not include stronger work requirements for food stamp recipients, said analysts from think tanks favoring free enterprise and members 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

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

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

Soybeans, Farm Bill, and Trump’s Tariffs – August 29, 2018

Farm Bill, Trump Tariffs, Soybeans

Midwest scores big on Trump tariff payments; decision on second round in early December Nearly half of the $4.7 billion in Trump tariff payments will go to five midwestern states that are the largest soybean and hog producers in the country, said a farm group analysis on Tuesday. At the… Continue reading

Organic Livestock Rule Withdrawl – August 23, 2018

organic livestock

U.S. judge allows lawsuit against USDA withdrawal of organic livestock rule The USDA spent a decade writing livestock welfare rules for organic farms before, in a regulatory U-turn, it decided last December that it lacked the power to implement those rules. The decision sparked a lawsuit by the organic community…. Continue reading