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

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

Farm Bill Deadline Looms – September 24, 2018

GOP

If Congress misses farm bill deadline, how long will it take to finish the job? Barring a dramatic breakthrough, farm-state lawmakers will miss their target of enacting the 2018 farm bill in the next six days, according to two of the Senate and House negotiators charged with finding a compromise…. 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

Growers to Split $4.7 Billion – September 14, 2018

$4.7 Billion for Growers

USDA explains how it divided $4.7 billion for growers When it decides whether to make a second round of Trump tariff payments, the USDA said on Thursday, it will consider changes in tariffs, commodity prices, and other market conditions since it announced that $4.7 billion would be split among the… 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

NAFTA Talks, Climate, and Trump – August 28, 2018

NAFTA, Climate Change, Trump, Bailout,

Trump’s farmer bailout: half now, the rest later … maybe President Trump’s promise to protect U.S. agriculture from retaliatory tariffs by China and other countries will be paid on the installment plan — half this fall and the rest in December, or early 2019 if assistance is still needed, said… 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