Farm Bill Deadline Looms – September 24, 2018

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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

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

Hurricane Florence Impacts Chicken Production – September 19, 2018

Hurricane Florence Impacts Chicken Production

Florence aftermath: Lower chicken production for a top processor The third-largest U.S. poultry processor lost at least 8 percent of its chickens in North Carolina due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, and expects lower meat production through December as a result. Sanderson Farms was the first meat processor to announce… 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

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

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