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

Trade Talks with Japan – September 28,

Japan Trade Talks

Trade talks with Japan are a chance to catch up, say farm groups Three groups that promote U.S. farm exports say the upcoming U.S.-Japan trade talks are a chance to gain ground against Australia, Canada, and the EU, which will benefit from free trade agreements with Japan. USDA nominee earned… 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

More Antibiotics Control – September 17, 2018

FDA will strengthen controls over antibiotics in livestock, says Gottlieb

FDA will strengthen controls over antibiotics in livestock, says Gottlieb FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the next two steps in promoting antimicrobial stewardship will be veterinary oversight of antibiotics injected into food-bearing animals and the setting of time limits on how long medically important antibiotics can be used in water… 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

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

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

E15 and Trump’s Farmer Support – August 16, 2018

Year Round Ethanol sales

Wheeler ‘working very hard’ on year-round E15, says Grassley Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is “working very hard to find a solution” for the year-round sale of E15, said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. Grassley also said that an earlier proposal that would allow refiners… Continue reading

USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 23 States

Water, Rural, wastewater, USDA

From USDA.gov New Partnerships Support More Prosperous Futures for More than 73,000 People POLAND, La., Aug. 14, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visited the state today to announce that USDA is investing more than $124 million (PDF, 155.4 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water… Continue reading