‘Counterfeit Money’ to pay for the Farm Bill, WHAT!?! – May 23, 2024

‘Counterfeit Money’ to pay for the Farm Bill, WHAT!?!

House Republicans are building unrealistic expectations in farm country by relying on “counterfeit money” to pay for a $50 billion expansion of crop subsidies and crop insurance in the new farm bill, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday. The House Agriculture Committee was expected to approve Chairman Glenn Thompson’s proposed bill on Thursday in a vote that would split along party lines.

Dairy worker in Michigan has bird flu in second case of cow-to-human infection

A worker on a Michigan dairy farm contracted a mild case of H5 bird flu from infected cattle — the second cow-to-human infection since bird flu was first identified in dairy cattle in late March — said the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday. The risk to the public remains low, said Nirav Shah, the CDC’s principal deputy director.


Chavez-DeRemer opponent set: Democrats in western Oregon nominated state Rep. Janelle Bynum to oppose first-term Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a Republican member of the House Agriculture Committee. Bynum defeated Chavez-DeRemer in legislative races in 2016 and 2018. (Sabato’s Crystal Ball)

Cultivated sashimi: Israel-based Wanda Fish said it had developed bluefin tuna toro sashimi through cellular cultivation and technology “to induce native fat formation in bluefin tuna cells” and match the buttery taste of wild-caught tuna. (Food Safety News)

Bird flu in Australia: Authorities said that the nation’s first case of human infection with the H5N1 bird flu virus involved a child they believe was infected in India and who has made a full recovery. (Reuters)

Ice cream winners: In a survey conducted ahead of National Ice Cream Month in July, Americans named vanilla and chocolate as their favorite flavors. (IDFA)

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