Weber County vegetable farmers dependent on Mexican workers

While the unseasonal weather is allowing local farmers to start plowing fields in February, the American Farm Bureau is lobbying for better access to foreign labor this summer for agriculture. The future of farming depends upon a program that allows Mexican seasonal workers to come here and return when the job is done, local farmers say.

Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

Perdue is defending a proposal that would cut food stamp benefits in half and replace them with a pre-ass... WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday defended a proposal that would replace a portion of food stamp benefits with pre-assembled boxes of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients' doorsteps - an idea one lawmaker called "a cruel joke." The idea was first floated last week in the Trump administration's 2019 budget proposal, tucked inside a larger plan to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by roughly $213 billion - or 30 percent- over the next 10 years.

Half of Senate Republicans urge Trump to reconsider TPP

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue attends a Farmer's Roundtable where President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America on April 25, 2017, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Twenty-five Republican senators wrote to President Donald Trump on Feb. 21, encouraging him to "work aggressively" to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership . "We write in support of your recent comments expressing interest in reengaging with the Trans-Pacific Partnership to bring about a stronger agreement for the United States," they wrote.

China to expand production and use of ethanol; 2020 E10 mandate would …


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Xinhua reports that China's State Administration of Grain said that China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. Years of government support for corn farmers - paying Chinese corn producers more than twice the international price level until 2016 - have left China with a substantial stockpile.

Will ‘King Corn’ lose its crown?

With snow still blanketing significant portions of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest, planting season may seem ages away - but in reality, it is just several weeks around the corner. Another sign of the upcoming 2018 crop season came today from Arlington, Va., where USDA released its first planting estimates of the year at its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine

In this Saturday, May 20, 2017, file photo, protesters carry banners during their march against the multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology companies Monsanto and Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland. After a February 2018 announcement, critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations.

Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine Source: AP

Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations. Syngenta, under a settlement announced this week, will pay $150,000 for improperly using the pesticide chlorpyrifos at a seed corn field in Hawaii in 2016 and 2017.

Top StoryUSDA sanctions $1.3M PACA violator, three others

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce firms for failing to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, including one for more than $1.3 million. Taylor Produce LLC, Rigby, Idaho, is restricted from the produce industry for failing to pay a $1,327,478 award in favor of an Idaho seller, with Alan Taylor Produce and Alan Taylor listed as members of the business.

USDA proposes replacing food stamps with delivery service, increase work requirements

The Trump administration is proposing a drastic change to how millions of people in the U.S. receive food stamps by replacing cards with an equivalent cash value with a "Blue Apron-type" delivery box of food purchased by the government. Unlike Blue Apron, which includes meat and produce, the food delivery box would include only shelf-stable foods like canned goods, rice and pasta, and other processed foods.

Whole Eggs Better for Muscle Building and Repair than Egg Whites, Researchers Find

People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in resistance exercise differ dramatically in how their muscles build protein, a process called protein synthesis, during the post-workout period, researchers report in a new study. Specifically, the post-workout muscle-building response in those eating whole eggs is 40 percent greater than in those consuming an equivalent amount of protein from egg whites, the team found.

Blue Apron? ‘Um, No.’ Anti-Hunger Advocates Decry…

A girl pays for her mother's groceries using Electronic Benefits Transfer tokens, more commonly known as food stamps, at a farmers' market in New York City. benefits-about 80 percent of eligible families-would receive half of their benefits in the monthly food boxes, which would contain shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables.

Cruz lays off the corn, turns on the gas

Ted Cruz is holding up the confirmation of a key agriculture nominee to help oil refiners in his home state of Texas - infuriating some of the Iowans who fueled his rise in the 2016 presidential primary. Cruz is up for reelection this year in Texas, where oil and gas is king and employs hundreds of thousand of people.

Edible oil of choice in South Korea is palm


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Palm oil has become the most popular edible oil in South Korea, according to a Feb. 7 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture . The report said that while soybean oil and corn oil was used predominantly in South Korea during the 1970s and 1980s, the industry has shifted to meet the changing demands of the country's cosmetic, food and biofuel industries.

National Farmers Union Says Projected 2018 Farm Income Shows Need For …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service today projected net farm income to decrease $4.3 billion from 2017 to $59.5 billion in 2018, a 52 percent drop since 2013. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the projection elevates the need for an increase in funding for farm programs: "The farm economy has been on a sharp decline for five years, and projections do not indicate we'll get much relief any time soon.

Proposed Senate Budget Deal Mixed Bag On Ag Issues

The proposed deal does not include any language to shelter the thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. through the DACA program. Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal on Wednesday that will keep the government funded through March 23 and modify the safety nets for cotton and dairy.

Boulder’s Black Cat Farm gets county OK on its meat processing

Eric Skokan, chef and owner of the Black Cat Restaurant and the Black Cat Farm, cuts away part of a corn cob for his pigs in October 2014. Boulder County officials have issued a clean bill of health to Boulder's Black Cat Farm, which provides farm-to-table produce and meat to two popular Boulder restaurants, following a brief investigation prompted by a tip that raised questions about its meat processing.

Wholesale market meeting rekindles partnership with USDA

From local food to food safety regulations, a lot of ground was covered in a meeting that brought together federal officials and wholesale market leaders. The Jan. 25 meeting at the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in Washington, D.C., was organized by the National Association of Produce Market Managers and the United Fresh Produce Association.

Beloved Organic Brands Make Unprecedented Protest: Stop Attacking Organic

WASHINGTON: The nation's organic food movement, representing dozens of brands, thousands of organic farmers and millions of organic consumers, as well as retailers, certifiers, and organizations, published an open letter in the Washington Post. The cosigners are demanding that the USDA stop interfering with the public process that has created clear standards for animal welfare in organic food production.

Florida observes Prescribed Fire Awareness Week

Florida's Prescribed Fire Awareness Week is being observed to call attention to the need for slow-moving, low-grade fire to decrease wildfire danger. "Following one of the most active wildfire seasons in recent history and a devastating hurricane season, forecasts predict an extremely dry spring," said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Regional Grape Program welcomes new specialist to its staff

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County's Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is pleased to announce the addition of Jackie Dresser as the viticulture extension specialist. Dresser is the newest member of a four-person extension team, which assists area grape growers with the implementation of research-based information, in the areas of Integrated Pest Management , Business Management and Viticultural Production Practices in their vineyard operations.

Rural broadband getting its day

Monday, a bill that could strike a grand bargain for rural broadband gets its first hearing in the Colorado Senate. Senate Bill 18-002 may finally move the state forward on the issue of rural broadband, one that has stymied lawmakers since 2011.

ND joins legal fight against California, Massachusetts egg, meat laws

North Dakota has joined 12 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block laws in California requiring any eggs sold there to be from hens with specific space requirements in their cages. The lawsuit, filed by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, alleges that the California law violates the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and is pre-empted by federal law.

Ag Broadband Coalition Hails Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act

AG BROADBAND COALITION HAILS PRECISION AGRICULTURE CONNECTIVITY ACT Jan. 26, 2018 Source: Agricultural Broadband Coalition news release The Agricultural Broadband Coalition applauded bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate for introducing the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 on Thursday, a milestone piece of legislation that will help to revolutionize farming across the United States.

Trump Farm Bill Outline Emphasizes Work as a Food-Stamp Goal

The bill, whose cost has topped $100 billion in previous years, authorizes programs overseen by the Agriculture Department, including payments to growers of corn and soybeans and funds to prevent forest fires. A Trump administration outline for farm legislation calls for pushing some food-stamp recipients back to work, a GOP priority.

Congressmen take USDA to task for delaying organic industry animal welfare rule

Members of Congress chastise the US Department of Agriculture in a Jan. 17 letter for threatening to withdraw a widely popular final rule passed in the 11th hour of the Obama Administration that would heighten animal welfare standards for organic producers. USDA announced in December that it intended to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule, which outlined sweeping changes in how organic animals are housed, transported and slaughtered, because the department claimed the rule exceeds the statutory authority of the National Organic Program.

Harvesting Farmers

Thanks to the locavore movement, we're used to food with origin stories: that venison tartare once ran free in a forest in Katonah. But what about the farmers? They started out somewhere, too.

Lawsuit to protect Plum Island moves forward

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Plum Island is seen from the air in the waters off the northern shore of New YorkA's Long Island. The future of the mysterious island where infectious animal diseases have been studied since the 1950s is about to gain renewed focus.

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog slaughter plants to voluntarily join a new proposed inspection system that would put plant employees in charge of removing animals unfit for slaughter before they're processed.

Clock running out for Congress to avert government shutdown

Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday. The House of Representatives voted 230-197 on Thursday night for a bill to extend expiring funding through Feb. 16. But with tempers frayed and Republicans and Democrats deeply divided over immigration legislation that has found its way into the government funding fight, the bill appeared to be on the verge of collapse in the Senate.

GEDA wants financing requirement waived for GMH ward

Unsettling negotiations have forced the government take a new route in an effort to improve the facilities at the Guam Memorial Hospital. The Guam Economic Development Agency is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to waive the requirement for interim financing for the Guam Memorial Hospital Labor & Delivery.

Obama’s politicization of the Human Trafficking report shut the door on Cuban victims

The Obama White House politicized the Trafficking in Persons Report of the State Department, undermining the credibility of the report, and months later on January 12, 2017 shut the door on Cuban refugees and migrants in third countries, victims of trafficking, for the Administration's political agenda. This was part of an overall pattern, that began years earlier, of paying lip service to human rights but in practice marginalizing them to advance other interests.

Is our growing season changing?

Weather events have been making springs more difficult for producers because of variable weather patterns. The growing season also appears to be getting longer and more rainfall events have been occuring.

Interagency Task Force report addresses opioid abuse

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture in November awarded $2.8 million in grants to support rural health. Of the nine awards funded by NIFA's Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program, six were designed specifically to prevent and reduce opioid abuse.

Lawsuit Says Wal-Mart Mislabeled Organic Eggs

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. misled U.S. shoppers by selling organic eggs laid by hens raised in enclosed structures under package labels that said the birds had access to the outdoors, a federal lawsuit alleged on Monday. The suit highlights uncertainty among consumers about production practices in the $500 million organic egg industry, farmers said, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture last month shelved plans to spell out for the first time what it means for birds to have access to the outdoors.

Farmers voted for Trump. Now he’s trying to assure them they made the right call.

Farmers have grown increasingly anxious with President Donald Trump, who wooed them with promises of deregulation and then threatened to upend programs on which many depend. In the year since rural America voted him into office, the president has proposed deep cuts to crop insurance subsidies, reductions in the number of immigrants entering the United States and withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement - all of which have rattled farmers.

Secretary Perdue Presents Agriculture And Rural Prosperity Task Force Report To President Trump

SECRETARY PERDUE PRESENTS AGRICULTURE AND RURAL PROSPERITY TASK FORCE REPORT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP Jan. 9, 2018 Source: USDA news release U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will ceremonially present today the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Donald J. Trump at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the task force "to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities."

Ag Sec’y Perdue Highlights Priorities, Accomplishments In New Administration And USDA

AG SEC'Y PERDUE HIGHLIGHTS PRIORITIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN NEW ADMINISTRATION AND USDA Jan. 9, 2018 Source: American Farm Bureau news release The Agriculture Department is being reoriented with a new focus on farmers, its customers, and has already built a record of success, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said today. He made his comments at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville.

USDA to invest $2.9 million in 7 new forest projects

USDA will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico. Since 2014, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.

Wisconsin to end pesticide spraying program

Wisconsin is reducing its efforts to slow the spread of the leaf-eating gypsy moth by preparing to end a program that helps fight localized outbreaks in already infested parts of the state. The state Department of Natural Resources is ending the aerial pesticide spraying program because of a decline in requests from local communities and because of growing private-sector alternatives to federally subsidized spraying.

Business briefs a ” December 29

Bill Bolander and Clark Pence of Pence, Brooks, Bolander and Shepherd Insurance in Greenfield recently received awards from their parent company, Shepherd Insurance. Pence received "Rookie of The Year" from the Shepherd organization for his outstanding sales accomplishments in his first year with the company and in the insurance business.

Battling Unfair Limits on Trade

Some of our nation's best trading partners have the nasty habit of protecting select industries of their own by virtually locking out competition from the United States. The European Union's ban on hormone-treated beef from the United States is an example.

Farmers in 3 mid-Michigan counties in line for federal help

Farmers and ranchers in Ingham, Jackson and Livingston counties may qualify for natural disaster assistance if they encountered agricultural damage caused by a frost in May. According to our media partners at WHMI , on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a release declaring those three counties as natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by frost and freeze that occurred May 7th through the 9th of this year. All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met.

Iconic White House tree to be cut down

The south facade of the White House will undergo a dramatic change this week: the historic Jackson Magnolia, a tree that has been in place since the 1800s, is scheduled to be cut down and removed. WASHINGTON - The south facade of the White House will undergo a dramatic change this week: the historic Jackson Magnolia, a tree that has been in place since the 1800s, is scheduled to be cut down and removed.

Environmental notebook

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting grant proposals through Feb. 26 for conservation projects, according to a news release from the agency. The department plans to award $10 million for the Conservation Innovation Grant program that will focus on projects on grazing lands, organic systems and soil health, the release said.

USDA Issues: “Quarterly Hogs And Pigs” Report

USDA ISSUES: "QUARTERLY HOGS AND PIGS" REPORT Dec. 26, 2017 Source: USDA news release The U. S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service released the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on Friday. The report presents data on the U.S. pig crop, including inventory number by class, weight group, farrowings and farrowing intentions.

USDA: Improvements To Crop Insurance Continue In 2018

USDA: IMPROVEMENTS TO CROP INSURANCE CONTINUE IN 2018 Dec. 26, 2017 Source: USDA news release Changes to the Federal crop insurance program initiated in 2017 will continue into 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency continues to improve the program, increasing its availability and effectiveness as a risk management tool while safeguarding the integrity of the program.

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Contributes To U.S. Export Success In 2017

USDA'S FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE CONTRIBUTES TO U.S. EXPORT SUCCESS IN 2017 Dec. 26, 2017 Source: USDA news release International trade was once again an engine for economic growth in rural America in 2017, with U.S. farm and food exports reaching $140.5 billion for the fiscal year, the third-highest total on record. "As we wrap up another banner year for U.S. agricultural exports, I'm proud of the role that Foreign Agricultural Service has played," said FAS Acting Administrator Holly Higgins, "especially since those exports generate 20 percent of U.S. farm income, stimulate rural economic activity and support more than a million American jobs.

USDA’s NASS Research, Survey, And Technology Advancements In 2017

USDA'S NASS RESEARCH, SURVEY, AND TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS IN 2017 Dec. 26, 2017 Source: USDA news release The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has advanced a number of programs in 2017 to serve U.S. agriculture with customer- and data-driven improvements. Among these enhancements are changes to the every-five-year census of agriculture, which officially launched at the end of November and is due in February 2018.

FMD awareness remains important

Livestock producers in the United States should continue to be aware of the threat of foot-and-mouth disease and take precautions that can reduce threats. Although the disease has not been detected in the U.S. since 1929 it remains a concern.

Congressional candidate charged with fraud in Virginia

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said a grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday against Shaun Brown, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the state's 2nd Congressional District. The indictment said Brown, 58, submitted fake paperwork for a group she worked with that administered a free-lunch program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA to Withdraw Organic Livestock Rule


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The final rule would have amended the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations by adding new provisions for livestock handling, transport for slaughter, and avian living conditions. It would have also expanded and clarified existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices.

MTSU gets $148K USDA ginseng project grant

By law, grocery stores in Tennessee cannot sell wine on Sundays or holidays, including Christmas and New Year's Day. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 29 by Fairgrounds supporters, who claim plans for the stadium would get in the way of existing activities there, According to a university news release, the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will help MTSU support planting up to 100 acres of ginseng in Tennessee, depending on participation by growers.

The Latest: House GOP unveils $81B disaster aid measure

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accompanied at right by Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove, walks to the chamber as Republicans in the House and Senate plan to pass the sweeping $1.5 trillion GOP tax bill on party-line votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. House Republicans have unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid measure that almost doubles last month's request by President Donald Trump.

USDA: Ag Exports And Imports In The 2018 Fiscal Year Forecast To Closely Mirror 2017

USDA: AG EXPORTS AND IMPORTS IN THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR FORECAST TO CLOSELY MIRROR 2017 Dec. 18, 2017 Source: USDA news release According to the latest USDA trade forecast, the 2018 fiscal year will look similar to 2017, but with a slightly higher trade balance because of lower imports. Total agricultural exports are expected to value $140 billion dollars along with $117 billion dollars in imports.

Study Shows Emphasis On Yield Impacting Corn’s Ability To Handle Stress

STUDY SHOWS EMPHASIS ON YIELD IMPACTING CORN'S ABILITY TO HANDLE STRESS Dec. 18, 2017 Source: Iowa Corn Promotion Board news release Tis' the season many corn farmers finalize their seed decisions for the coming season. Armed with past year's weather and field conditions data and information from seed companies, university extension, and others, they weigh their options in making their seed selections.

Senate Ag Committee Chair Applauds USDA’s Withdrawal Of Organic Production Standards

SENATE AG COMMITTEE CHAIR APPLAUDS USDA'S WITHDRAWAL OF ORGANIC PRODUCTION STANDARDS Dec. 18, 2017 Source: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry news release After years of challenging the rule, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement of a proposed rule that would withdraw a controversial regulation that would have revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. "With USDA's wise decision to withdraw this rule, organic livestock and poultry producers can rest assured that they will not be forced out of business by another costly and burdensome regulation," said Roberts.

Nat’l Pork Producers Council Comments On USDA’s Organic Production Rules Withdrawal

NAT'L PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL COMMENTS ON USDA'S ORGANIC PRODUCTION RULES WITHDRAWAL Dec. 18, 2017 National Pork Producers Council reports: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry. The Obama-era regulation - the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule - would have incorporated into the National Organic Program welfare standards that were not based on science and that were outside the scope of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990.

USDA Announces New Information Technology Operating Model

USDA ANNOUNCES NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OPERATING MODEL Dec. 18, 2017 Source: USDA news release U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture will revamp its Information Technology operating model to increase efficiency in serving its customers. "When I was sworn in, Secretary Perdue charged me to help him make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government," Deputy Secretary Censky said.

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With possible implications for fruit and vegetable servings, the government is seeking public input on how certain foods are counted for nutrition standards in school lunches. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting comments on what it called "food crediting," the system that defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs.

Low tomato volume sees high prices

With tomato prices soaring above $35 per carton in mid-December, some customers are cutting back, and shippers expect market conditions will be tight into the new year. Set back by Hurricane Irma in September, season-to-date shipments of Florida tomatoes this fall have totaled 3.44 million cartons through Dec. 9, down 54% from 7.4 million cartons the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

City, firm complete rural economic development loan

Officials with the City of Webster City have announced the completion of the USDAa SRural Economic Development Loan to Mary Ann's Specialty Foods of Webster City. In February 2016, the City Council of Webster City Approved a resolution authorizing the City's application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program for a loan in the amount of $1 million on behalf of Mary Ann's Specialty Foods.

The Snare of Escapism

Many things in modern life have an epicurean appeal, a flare that even the most ascetic among us may be hard done by to resist. While it is certainly true that a contemporary, urbanised life demands much of us, sometimes to the point of inducing breakage, this same life also affords us much time to indulge in activities and offerings that were proscribed to our agrarian forebearers.

GAO Confirms ‘Climate of Fear’ Exists in Poultry Processing Plants

The central underlying problem is the pervasive climate of fear inside poultry plants; when workers are afraid to report issues, OSHA and other inspection agencies are unable to detect or investigate problems. Eighteen months after the GAO issued a report confirming that poultry workers face inordinate health and safety hazards and that many of these problems go under-reported, a follow-up investigation calls on all three federal agencies-- the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-- to improve ways for workers to communicate issues without fear of retaliation.

Smith awaits the president’s signature for confirmation

The Atlantic resident was nominated in September to the board of directors for the Farm Credit Administration and on Tuesday, Pat Roberts, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, announced that Smith's nomination was confirmed by the Senate, and Smith ... (more)

Here’s the Beef with Chicken from China


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On June 21, 2017, ExporTech, a California-based poultry wholesaler, accomplished something both commonplace and unprecedented. The commonplace was to import to the United States five cartons of cooked chicken.

Kathleen Parker: Big boxes and small towns

Even though an estimated 115 million Americans rushed to malls and big box stores for Black Friday sales, others were reporting that the annual spend-a-thon has lost its bang.Gone is the thrill of the stampede, the fist-fights over a big screen, the trample to grab the last Soggy Doggy. In a Washington Post story, one Alabama veteran of weeklong parking lot campouts lamented that his Best Buy store had closed owing to Americans' changing spending habits.

Judy Reyher calls the kettle black

What a shame for champions of statesmanship in our politics: A longtime political operative obviously conflicted on matters of race and religion in America is headed to the Colorado legislature. We shake our heads missed opportunity to find a good conservative more in line with Colorado views than newly appointed Rep. Judy Reyher.

Fire Recovery Begins; Demand for Flash Wine Treatment Strong

CalFire declared the North Coast wildfires contained in late October, leaving wine grape growers in Napa County and elsewhere to take account of how the blazes affected their vines and properties. Although few vineyards burned during the fires, growers had to deal with debris cleanup, repairing damaged infrastructure such as melted irrigation lines and preparing for winter rains.

USDA rolls back Obama-era school lunch requirements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has followed through on Secretary Sonny Perdue's proclamation earier this year to loosen regulations on school lunches put in place during the administration of President Barack Obama. The Agency published an interim rule in the Federal Register on Thursday that allows schools to offer one percent flavored milk to students, opt out of offering whole-grain products, and freeze sodium levels instead of further reducing them.

How a giant agriculture merger could price Texas farmers out of their jobs

Two of the world's largest agricultural firms plan to merge, and some Texas farmers fear the move will diminish competition in an already shrinking market and cause prices for seeds and other essential products to spike. German conglomerate Bayer, a global distributer of seeds best known for its pharmaceuticals like aspirin, hopes to buy Missouri-based agricultural firm Monsanto, which sells agricultural chemicals.

U.S. corn, soy acreage to expand in 2018-19, USDA says

U.S. farmers are likely to expand plantings of both corn and soybeans while reducing wheat seedings for the upcoming marketing year, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday. The USDA's Office of the Chief Economist forecast that farmers will seed 91 million acres of corn in the 2018-19 crop year, up from 90.4 million for 2017-18 but down from 94 million in 2016-17.

At least 235 killed in blast, shooting at Egypt mosque

These microloans are espe... Orlando, Fla. - An ice cold first half proved costly, as Nebraska nearly rallied back from an 18-point deficit before falling to UCF, 68-59, at the AdvoCare Invitational at ... -- Paralympic athlete and convicted killer Oscar Pistorius will spend the next 13 years and five months behind bars after the South African Supreme Court of Appeal ... -- President Donald Trump shared his Black Friday plans for a quick game of golf with Tiger Woods in between a call with Turkey and talks on American jobs.

Georgia Farm Bureau to hold convention in December

Georgia Farm Bureau members will gather on Jekyll Island for the organization's 80th annual meeting Dec. 3 to 5. Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Dist 1 Rep. Buddy Carter and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black will address convention attendees during the general session on Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Tyson Foods: New facility in Tennessee to create 1,500 jobs

Tyson Foods Inc. plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019, the company said Monday. The new plant in Humboldt will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide, the Springdale, Arkansas-based company said in a statement and a news conference.

Judicial Follies: A Thanksgiving potpourri

Thanksgiving is not normally a holiday that lends itself to court disputes. Unlike Hallowe'en and Christmas, about which there are a dozen court cases with an arguable holiday theme, Thanksgiving is a day when most Americans just sit at home and gorge themselves into insensibility.

Reviewing Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp.


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TCG BDC and Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations. TCG BDC pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.0%.

White House requests $44 billion in additional disaster relief

The White House asked Congress on Friday for $44 billion in additional relief from this year's devastating hurricanes but urged lawmakers to make spending cuts to offset disaster costs that are now approaching $100 billion. The White House request for more disaster relief after the hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, set up a possible confrontation over whether Congress must find spending cuts to pay for relief even as President Donald Trump pushes for as much as $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over a decade.

Perdue: U.S. farm exports hit 3rd highest level on recordThey climb…

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30 percent from last year's $16.6 billion.

2017 Silver Eagle Award Honors Merlyn Carlson

Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected former Nebraska Director of Agriculture Merlyn Carlson as the 2017 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Carlson on Merlyn Carlson and his wife Janice raised their family on their ranch near Lodgepole, where they raised cattle.

Chicago mother says video shows son with autism body-slammed, injured at school

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USDA delays organic livestock and poultry practices ruleSome consider …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service has released notice that they are delaying, for the third time, implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule. "The USDA's move this week should be seen for what it is: a clear attempt to let industrial agriculture interests usurp the legitimacy of the organic label," said OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator Amalie Lipstreu.

People Act Where US Fails On Climate

MARCH 10: Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Thousands of protesters and members of Native nations marched in Washington DC to oppose the construction of the proposed 1,172 Dakota Access Pipeline that runs within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

Mendocino County Farm Bureau coordinating meeting to discuss post-fire strategies

The long road to recovery for fire victims is just beginning to reveal itself, and for homeowners, farmers and landowners whose property has been affected by the fires, the Mendocino County Farm Bureau is providing an opportunity to receive assistance and information to help bring properties back to health and working order. A Post-Fire Agricultural and Rural Property Resource Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.

FSA asks farmers, ranchers to vote in county committee…

The 2017 Farm Service Agency county committee elections began on Nov. 6, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 4. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA.

Montana beef to China

Fred Wacker, owner/operator of the Cross Four Ranch at Miles City, MT is one of the cattle producers involved in the agreement to ship Montana-sourced beef to China. Fred Wacker, owner/operator of the Cross Four Ranch at Miles City, MT is one of the cattle producers involved in the agreement to ship Montana-sourced beef to China.

GM Food Crops Illegally Growing in India

The GM Contamination Register database is run by Genewatch and Greenpeace and contains cases of genetically modified contamination dating from 1997. The authors of a 2014 paper , published in the International Journal of Food Contamination, analysed 400 or so cases in the database by crop and country.

Ag Officials: Rainfall Slightly Down, But Good Year For Crops

Greene County has received less precipitation than normal this year, but when it has rained, it has been at the right times, officials say. According to a report by the University of Tennessee AgResearch & Education Center at Greeneville, the county has received 34.53 inches of rain or melted snowfall from Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. October saw slightly more rain than average for the month, accumulating 3.16 inches of rain compared to the average 2.08.

Report: White House Had No Idea Clovis Testified Before…

Jared Kushner's team turned over documents to special counsel in Russia investigation - Jared Kushner has turned over documents in recent weeks to special counsel Robert Mueller as investigators have begun asking in witness interviews about Kushner's role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, CNN has learned.

Sam Clovis withdraws his nomination for UDSA’s top scientist post…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientist nominee, Sam Clovis withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday amid revelations that he was among top officials on the Trump campaign who was aware of efforts by foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to broker a relationship between the campaign and Russian officials. Court documents unsealed Monday revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in early October to making false statement to FBI investigators about his contacts with foreigners claiming to have high-level Russian connections.

Ag Lender Survey: Farm Profitability Still Down But Improving

Eighty-two percent of agricultural lenders reported a decline in farm profitability in the last 12 months, according to a joint survey by the American Bankers Association and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation . Despite the continued decline, the survey of more than 580 agricultural lenders revealed that the agricultural loan approval rate is 84 percent.

Ketchikan Ready Mix wins USDA contractor award

Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry was presented the award by Regional Forester Beth Pendleton at the Tongass National Forest Forest Supervisor's Office in Ketchikan on September 19. Pictured from left, Beth Pendleton, Harold Enright, Tammy Carroll, Loren Enright, Morgan Enright, and Contracting Officer Mari Meiners. Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry has been named the USDA HUBZone Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Latest: Senator calls to delay Trump nominee hearing

A leading Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee says a confirmation hearing for one of President Donald Trump's nominees should be delayed in light of new twists in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Trump has nominated former campaign adviser Sam Clovis to serve as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Food Sovereignty Bends but Doesn’t Break After USDA Threats


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This past June, Maine legislators passed a law, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems , which allows cities and towns in the state to adopt laws permitting farmers and other food producers within their borders to engage in a host of direct-to-consumer food sales. The law, intended to bolster local food economies in the state, allows Maine municipalities to "regulate by ordinance local food systems," and requires the state, in turn, to "recognize such ordinances."

USDA Offers Help To California Producers Impacted By Fires

USDA OFFERS HELP TO CALIFORNIA PRODUCERS IMPACTED BY FIRES Oct. 23, 2017 Source: USDA news release The U.S. Department of Agriculture is targeting $4 million to help farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners in California recover from the recent wildfires. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will issue waivers for those interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to enable recovery work to begin immediately.

New York advances drone industry with testing corridor

Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in upstate New York where traffic management systems will be developed and unmanned aircraft can undergo safety and performance testing. The unmanned aircraft traffic management corridor, jump-started by a $30 million state investment, will extend 50 miles west over mostly rural farmland from Griffiss International Airport, a former Air Force base in Rome that is already home to NASA-affiliated drone testing.

Mr. Toxicity Zaps America

America's all-time-leading heartless anti-science zealot EPA Administrator Scott "Mr. Toxicity" Pruitt, as of March 2017, nixed his own agency's proposal of 2015 to ban the toxic chemical chlorpyrifos, an insecticide that attacks the nervous system of pesky insects, as well as pesky and non-pesky people . It's sprayed on crops of foodstuff that ends up in grocery stores.

2017 Specialty Crop Block Grants Awarded

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been awarded $296,405.62 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service. The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been awarded $296,405.62 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service.

Oversight committee may subpoena USDA, DOJ over air travel

Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina and chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi listens as Hillary Clinton, not pictured, testifies during a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing in Washington, Oct. 22, 2015. The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee is sending a warning shot to federal agencies and the White House for not fully complying with the panel's investigation into administration air travel.

USDA Invests in Research on Next Generation of Agricultural Technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. The grants are funded through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative , authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Cattle Market Weekly Audio Report for Oct. 14, 2017

"Demand for weaned calves and yearlings this time of year is always good to very good, and this year is no exception," AMS analysts say. "Feedyards are looking to take the least health risk on cattle this time of year as temperature swings in one week can range more than 50 degrees and wreak havoc on compromised immune systems.

Official: Irma was ‘lethal’ for Florida citrus, other crops

Florida's famous oranges are still falling from trees and rotting on the ground weeks after Hurricane Irma, and the state's agriculture commissioner said Thursday there will be fewer Florida vegetables on Thanksgiving tables and a shortage of poinsettias at Christmas. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Florida farmers updated the state Senate Agriculture Committee that the storm damaged crops of all kinds, with losses topping $2.5 billion.

USDA sets new labeling disclosures for bio-engineered foods

Results from the USDA study, conducted by Deloitte, show that most consumers should be able to access bioengineering food disclosure information from a digital link on a package but that access is not foolproof. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law-signed into law on July 29, 2017-directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.

Couple married 75 years dies in wildfires: ‘They were happy right up until the last minute,’ son says

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AM markets: wheat dips as rains ease Russia dryness worries

Certainly, Russia's wheat farmers, having enjoyed a record harvest, again, this year, are seeing their prayers answered for rain to improve conditions for winter sowings . "Beneficial rains are improving the plantings perspectives in Ukraine and precipitation should hit the south of Russia later," said Agritel.

Farm Bureau members hone leadership skills

Indiana Farm Bureau concluded its 2017 Leaders in Action program in Washington, D.C., this month where members met with Indiana's national elected officials. The annual program is for Indiana Farm Bureau members looking to improve their leadership skills for the betterment of Indiana agriculture.

What natural disasters should teach us

I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms.

Ripley receives $849,000 for wastewater system

On Friday, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the town of Ripley. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Puerto Rico Is Our Future

A flooded street is seen as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico. Maria left widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island without power or cell service.

Costly citrus: Florida’s ‘decimated’ crops could send prices climbing

In this Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, oranges ripen on a tree in a grove in Clermont, Fla.The price of a mimosa at brunch or bag or oranges at the grocery store may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of the state's orange producers with no crop to sell this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Raoux, File In this Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, oranges ripen on a tree in a grove in Clermont, Fla.The price of a mimosa at brunch or bag or oranges at the grocery store may jump in the coming weeks, experts say, after hurricane Irma left some of the state's orange producers with no crop to sell this year.

‘Farm Watch’ begins in Mid and East Antrim

It will see the Mid and East Antrim's Community Safety Partnership, the PSNI and Ulster Farmers Union, work together to reduce the threat of crime on rural communities and spread safety advice. PCSP Chair Cllr Brian Collins said, "With almost two thousand farm related businesses across the Borough, we have a significant rural community to protect.

Idaho Briefing – Sept 25

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for July 17. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com . Idaho picked up a large-scale wheat deal with China this week, as good economic news generally continued to roll.

Bill Increases Ag Promotion Funds

This week, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst along with Senators King, Donnely, and Collins introduced bipartisan legislation increasing the funding for the USDA export promotion programs. The Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports Act aims to revitalize the export promotion programs, which it claims have added $28 for every dollar invested in the last 40 years.

USDA, House agriculture staff stable after car accident

An Agriculture Department employee and two staff members on the House Agriculture Committee are in stable condition after a car accident south of El Campo, Texas. The staffers were taken to a local hospital after the accident, which occurred following an event with farmers who had been affected by hurricane Harvey.

US experts share avian influenza best practice with African governments

US avian influenza experts met high-level officials from eight African countries in Pretoria this week, to share best practice in the prevention and control of the outbreak. As part of broader US poultry sector efforts to collaborate with African counterparts to enhance global food safety and security and ensure the success and sustainability of the poultry industry, the first sub-Saharan Africa seminar on avian influenza was hosted by the US Department of Agriculture and the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council this week.

Megan Provost Joins Farm Foundation As VP/Policy & Programs

MEGAN PROVOST JOINS FARM FOUNDATION AS VP/POLICY & PROGRAMS Sep. 20, 2017 Source: Farm Foundation news release Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman today announced that Megan Provost will join the Farm Foundation as Vice President of Policy and Programs effective Oct. 2, 2017. "We are pleased to add Megan's expertise in food and agriculture policy issues to the Foundation program team," said Cullman.

USDA Approves $9M Loan For New Justice Center In White Pine Co.

The Department of Agriculture Rural Development program has approved a $9 million loan to White Pine County to help finance the construction of a new justice center that will include a 38,000-square-foot courthouse. The current White Pine County Courthouse was built a century ago in Ely and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

US continue supporting agrarian reform beneficiaries in Agusan

The United States Department of Agriculture in partnership of East West Seed Company continue supporting the agrarian reform beneficiaries in an effort to increase their farm and food production, Department of Agrarian Reform regional spokesperson Joie I. Ceballos told The Manila Bulletin on Monday. Twenty-five ARB members of DoA a Rosario CLOA Holders Vegetable Producers Association in Agusan del Norte have undergone an eight-month training on communal vegetable farming implemented by Winrock International in Caraga under the Philippine Cold Chain Project funded by USDA.

Florida recovers, rests, reflects in wake of Hurricane Irma


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Across Florida, people spent Sunday trying to get back to normal after one of the worst storms to hit the state since Hurricane Andrew. Keys residents were allowed to visit Monroe County for the first time since Hurricane Irma struck a week ago.

German Sausage Haus, LLC, Recalls Meat Products Due To Possible…

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2017 German Sausage Haus, LLC, a Camano Island, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,252 pounds of Heat Treated, Not Fully Cooked-Not Shelf Stable meat products due to a possible processing deviation that may have led to staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Slaughterhouse rebellion

The colorful chicken-festooned sign hoisted by Corbin Reischman resonated with city slickers and cow punchers Friday night at a massive rally in opposition to construction by Tyson Foods of a $320 million chicken production and slaughtering hub in Leavenworth County.

USDA: Help On Way For Households Hit By Irma

USDA: HELP ON WAY FOR HOUSEHOLDS HIT BY IRMA Sep. 15, 2017 Source: USDA news release American families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma will receive much needed nutrition relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. Notably, packages of American grown and produced nutritious USDA Foods will be available across hurricane-stricken areas in Florida.

FDA delays some safety requirements for produce under FSMA to make them less complicated, costly

FDA is pushing back the compliance dates for most agricultural water testing standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule to "simplify our approach to make compliance less burdensome and less costly, while still being protective of public health," the agency's commissioner announced Sept. 12. Speaking to attendees at the annual conference for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in New Orleans, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recognized that "agricultural water can be a major conduit of the pathogens that contaminate produce," such as those that lead 2006 E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach that sickened 200 people nationwide and killed three.

A Blue Badger in Trump Country

Later, Baldwin heard from constituents concerned about President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to the very same USDA program. She vowed to fight those and other suggested funding reductions from her perch on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

USDA helps with Harvey’s aftermath

Many parts of the federal government are hard at work helping state and local officials cope with the massive problems Hurricane Harvey has created. While it isn't the lead agency for rescue efforts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is playing an important role in facilitating recovery from this immense natural disaster.

Guebert: Ag groups begin demanding more

After Hurricane Harvey plowed through east Texas with roof-peeling winds and never-before-seen rain, millions of Americans were left not knowing what to do or where to turn. President Donald J. Trump made two trips to the flattened, flooded region.

Hunger Declines, But Budget Cuts Could Reverse Progress

New data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that 12.3 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2016, declining further from a peak of 14.9 percent in 2011. Bread for the World warned that significant cuts to programs that help people living in hunger and poverty could reverse the progress that has been made.

From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the South and Southeastern parts of the United States on Wednesday. Florida sugar and citrus processors rushed to secure rail cars and equipment that could be crushed, blocked or turned into flying projectiles.

DTN/The Progressive Farmer Confidence Index Shows Farmer Optimism Fades

DTN/THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER CONFIDENCE INDEX SHOWS FARMER OPTIMISM FADES Sep. 6, 2017 Source: DTN/ The Progressive Farmer news release The post-2016 presidential election bump, which was credited with giving farmers and others in rural America high hopes for the future, appears to be flattening, according to the most recent DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agricultural Confidence Index . The survey, which was conducted in August 2017, shows that while farmers are more optimistic than August 2016, the strong optimism they started the year with is waning.

Lego to cut 1,400 staff as decade-long sales boom ends

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There’s A ‘Strong Moral Case For Energy Abundance.’ Here’s Why [VIDEO]

Energy expert Myron Ebell served as the Trump administration's head of transition for the Environmental Protection Agency and became the "target" of radical environmental groups' hate campaigns, he told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview. He became a focus of protests, with some even even using projectors to shine his name on to the EPA building while chanting, "Stop the Evil Myron Ebell!" He continues to hit back by explaining how the Trump administration is unwinding strangling government red tape, and highlighting the president's efforts to stimulate energy, mining, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing in America again.

Iowa secretary of agriculture nominated for top job at USDA

WEBVTT KGROUND THAT MAYBENEFIT IOWA.SONNY PERDUE WILL SOON TAKE ONTHE TITLE AS THE NATION'SSECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE.IOWA EXPERTS ARE CONCERNED THATTHERE WON'T BE A SINGLEMIDWESTERNER IN TRUMP'S CABINET.>> AN IDEAL SECRETARY OFAGRICULTURE PICK WOULD HAVE BEENSOMEONE FROM THE MIDWEST, WHOUNDERSTANDS MIDWESTERNAGRICULTURE AND RENEWABLE FUELBUT, THEY'RE HOPEFUL THAT PERDUE-- TOMMIE: BUT THEY'RE HOPEFULTHAT PERDUE CAN LIFT UP ASTRUGGLING AG ECONOMY WITH HISTRADE AND FARMING EXPERIENCE.>> HE'S PRO TRADE WHICH ISCRITICAL NOT ONLY TO IOWA PORKPRODUCERS BUT TO THE ENTIRE USINDUSTRY.WE NEED TO KEEP THAT GOING ANDWE THINK HE'S A GOOD SELECTION.WE HOPE HE IS CONFIRMED.

Iowa secretary of agriculture nominated for top job at USDA

WEBVTT KGROUND THAT MAYBENEFIT IOWA.SONNY PERDUE WILL SOON TAKE ONTHE TITLE AS THE NATION'SSECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE.IOWA EXPERTS ARE CONCERNED THATTHERE WON'T BE A SINGLEMIDWESTERNER IN TRUMP'S CABINET.>> AN IDEAL SECRETARY OFAGRICULTURE PICK WOULD HAVE BEENSOMEONE FROM THE MIDWEST, WHOUNDERSTANDS MIDWESTERNAGRICULTURE AND RENEWABLE FUELBUT, THEY'RE HOPEFUL THAT PERDUE-- TOMMIE: BUT THEY'RE HOPEFULTHAT PERDUE CAN LIFT UP ASTRUGGLING AG ECONOMY WITH HISTRADE AND FARMING EXPERIENCE.>> HE'S PRO TRADE WHICH ISCRITICAL NOT ONLY TO IOWA PORKPRODUCERS BUT TO THE ENTIRE USINDUSTRY.WE NEED TO KEEP THAT GOING ANDWE THINK HE'S A GOOD SELECTION.WE HOPE HE IS CONFIRMED.

In Wake of Hurricane Harvey, Consumers Should Research Charities Before Giving

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and historic flooding across southeast Texas, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam encourages Floridians to visit FloridaConsumerHelp.com to research charitable organizations before donating money to help those in need. "Our hearts go out to the people of Texas, and I hope that Floridians can respond with the same generosity that our state has received time and time again," Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said.

USDA Integrates Recalls Information into ‘FoodKeeper’ Application

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced new updates to its popular FoodKeeper application that will provide users with new information on food safety recalls. The app has been updated so users can choose to receive automatic notifications when food safety recalls are announced by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration .

Maine blueberry crop falls with disease, lack of pollination

Maine's wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such as disease and a lack of pollination. The New England state is the wild blueberry capital of the U.S., and in recent years crop sizes have soared and prices have plummeted, bringing uncertainty to a key state industry.

An odd trend in wheat country: not much wheat

In this 2015 photo provided by the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, farmer Howard Jones, chairman of the Idaho Pea and Lentil Commission, inspects his chickpea field near Genesee, Idaho. Changing consumer tastes for healthy high protein food are driving a boom in the demand for crops like chickpeas and lentils and some farmers, faced with the lowest wheat prices in nearly a century, have chosen to plant less wheat and more of these higher profit crops driving them to record production levels this year.

Sunday Toons of the Near-Catastrophic Moment

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U.S. not getting kids to eat veggies, critique of claim says

The Department of Agriculture has invested seven years and several million dollars in a popular program that claims it gets students to eat significantly more fruits and vegetables. But as a recent critique of the research behind the program reveals, "significantly more" often means an amount as small as a single bite of an apple.

Firm buys trio of nursing homes

WINNEBAGOa S- Heartland Senior Living, a local non-profit community corporation, has recently purchased three senior care providers in southern Minnesota from current owner ElderCare of Minnesota. The three senior care providers are Parker Oaks Community in Winnebago, Parkview Care Center in Wells and Truman Senior Living in Truman.

Maine delegation calls for dairy farmer relief from USDA

Maine's congressional delegation is calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make emergency changes to help dairy farmers who are struggling with low prices. Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says farm milk prices have dropped nearly 40 percent in recent years, leaving New England dairy farmers in trouble.

On the record

The city received a $160,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Community Facilities Loan Fund for the vehicle and equipment; a Approved purchase of a power load system and floor mount from Southeastern Emergency Equipment, not to exceed $24,000, for the ambulance. The USDA loan will cover costs.

Optimism in advance of Ohio crop harvest


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Though some of Ohio's corn and soybean farmers might be pessimistic about this year's yield, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is not. Despite the excessive rain that fell in Ohio and the necessary replanting for many, sometimes multiple times, the USDA has a reasonably sunny prediction for Ohio's average yield on corn, soybeans and wheat.

More restrictions announced for toxic pesticide

California moved a step closer Friday to banning a widely used agricultural pesticide linked to birth defects, openly departing from the Trump administration's decision to walk back an Obama-era effort to ban the chemical. Growers and other users will be asked to increase the buffer zone between fields where they spray the pesticide and inhabited areas such as homes and schools, the state Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday.

Six bogus arguments against Trump’s immigration reform bill

No sooner had President Trump embraced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., than the predictable eruption of false and deceptive claims spewed forth from every direction. What does it really do? The RAISE Act cuts unskilled and family chain migration.

Senators: Federal purchase to help NY concord grape growers

Concord grape growers in New York are getting a boost from the federal government, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture planning to buy juice for nutrition programs. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the USDA will use up to $18 million to purchase surplus grape juice, which will help stabilize prices farmers receive.

Border Patrol vehicle sprayed with manure after immigration argument


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A Vermont man's alleged weapon of choice during an argument about immigration enforcement with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was liquid manure. Mark Johnson, who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by illegal immigrants working on local farms, is accused of spraying a border patrol vehicle with manure on Aug. 3 at the edge of a farm field about two miles south of the Canadian border.

US Table Top Trade Show , Goa August 18-19, 2017

The largest gathering of american food importers in goa under forum of indian food importers and us department of agriculture PANAJI, India - Aug. 16, 2017 - PRLog -- Goa -- US Government's Department of Agriculture in India and Forum of Indian Food Importers have partnered together to do the first ever Table top trade show featuring American food and beverages in Goa. Hospitality partners Hotel Grand Hyatt and Hard Rock are hosting the event for 24 importing firms and U.S. cooperator groups, who represent various high quality US food and beverages brands in country.

Futures Files

Kim Jong-un responded by threatening to bomb the U.S. island of Guam. Secretary of Defense Mattis has also voiced warnings to North Korea while many other prominent U.S. politicians and world leaders have asked that both the U.S. and North Korea deescalate the rhetoric.

That Chicago soda tax was an even bigger hot mess than predicted

Back in December of last year, over vocal protests from residents, Cook County, Illinois adopted a policy similar to many other cash strapped, liberal municipalities. They decided to save the people from themselves and simultaneously put a bunch of money in the city's nearly empty coffers by imposing a sin tax on soda and other "sweetened beverages."

Commodity Distribution Begins Tuesday

A commodity distribution will occur beginning Tuesday at the Greeneville Parks & Recreation building at 456 E. Bernard Ave., Eastview Park. Items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to income eligible households until all commodities are gone.

Corn Maiden Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-to-Eat Beef Products

Corn Maiden Foods, Inc., a Harbor City, California establishment, is recalling approximately 2,133 pounds of ready-to-eat beef products due to misbranding. The products contain monosodium glutamate that was not declared on the product labels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

AM markets: Canada worries prop up soybeans, but not wheat

Certainly, the first set of data of many to be released on Thursday - including a monthly report on Brazilian grains from Conab, a twice-monthly briefing on Brazilian sugar output from Unica, and the US Department of Agriculture's monthly Wasde tome - looked at first sight negative for prices. The Malaysian Palm Oil Board showed Malaysian palm oil inventories far bigger than investors had expected last month, provoked by the biggest surge in output in nearly three years.

USDA loan program may help local flood victims

Kenosha County has issued a news release about a loan program that might be of help to victims of recent flooding: Wisconsin Emergency Management is citing a loan program available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office as a possible source of funds to help residents affected by the recent floods. USDA Rural Development has funding available for very low and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

What will the Wasde bring? Grains make small gains, for now

The, modestly, positive tone around in early deals was there at the close too, as traders proved reluctant to take values too far in any direction ahead of key data ahead. Thursday will bring a slew of ag commodity statistics, starting off with monthly data on Malaysian palm oil production and stocks, followed by the monthly briefing on Brazilian crops from Conab.

The Guardian Claims Trump’s USDA Blacklists And Censors Use Of Term ‘Climate Change’

Officials at the Department of Agriculture are telling employees at the agency to use terms such as "weather extremes" when referring to "climate change," The Guardian reported Monday. Bianca Moebius-Clune, a director of foil health at the Natural Resources Conservation Service , told employees at the USDA to replace terms referring to global warming with more vanilla terms such as "weather extremes," according to a series of emails the outlet obtained.

USDA Farmland Values Show Iowa Up 1.9 Percent, Nebraska Down

The latest farm real estate values are out and the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the average acre of farmland in Iowa rose 1.9 percent from a year ago to $8,000 an acre, returning to the same value posted in 2015. Iowa is the only state in the five-state corn belt region which also includes Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio to see an increase in value.

Minnesota 4-H’ers Set to Compete in Eighth Annual Poultry Prince…

Minnesota 4-H poultry participants will have the opportunity to put their knowledge and industry experience to the test during the eighth annual Poultry Prince and Princess Contest , held at the Minnesota State Fair from August 24 through August 27, 2017. The scholarship program, put on by Minnesota 4-H and Gold'n Plump , recognizes the skills, leadership and confidence of the state's top young poultry experts by awarding two participants with the Poultry Prince and Princess ambassador titles and scholarships of $1,000 each.

CNN’s Headline On This Story Makes Trump’s USDA Pick Seem Racist

CNN published an article Wednesday suggesting that President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Agriculture has a history of lobbing racial comments against supporters of the Obama administration. Sam Clovis, a former radio host who Trump nominated to head the USDA, once called Democrats and activists "race traitors" and "race traders," according to a report Wednesday from CNN's KFILE.

Texas Wine Industry Debates Labeling Law


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If a proposed law had been passed by Texas state lawmakers in the most recent legislative session, all wines bearing a Texas appellation would have been required to use 100% Texas grapes. While the federal government requires that wineries use just 75% appellation grapes for state labeling, California and Oregon require 100%, and Washington state mandates 95%.

USDA: Most GE Corn And Cotton Seeds Now Have Both Herbicide Tolerance And Insect Resistance

USDA: MOST GE CORN AND COTTON SEEDS NOW HAVE BOTH HERBICIDE TOLERANCE AND INSECT RESISTANCE Aug. 1, 2017 Source: USDA news release Genetically engineered seeds have become widely used in major field crop production in the United States. Herbicide-tolerant crops were developed to survive the application of certain herbicides that previously would have destroyed the crop along with the targeted weeds.

Trump’s top trade nominees lobbied for hormone-meat exports

The nature of Britain's trade deals with the United States after Brexit raises serious concerns about the quality of food on supermarket shelves - and the influence of vested interests in the meat industry, reports LAWRENCE CARTER of EnergyDesk, Greenpeace. I can't see the Farm Bureau and the commodity organisations being willing to say yes, let's do a deal with the UK under the same terms that we have with the European Union Donald Trump's nominee to be the United States' chief agricultural trade negotiator previously called for the US to walk away from trade talks with the EU if it refused to drop its ban on beef reared with antibiotics and growth supplements.

Buffington: Population shifts and the effects

It's difficult to believe when you look around booming northeast Georgia, but not everywhere in the country is growing. A large swath of the American Midwest, from northern Texas up into the Dakotas, is seeing depopulation as young people leave rural communities and move into urban areas where there are more job opportunities.

Letter urges USDA to make milk agricultural commodity

U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make milk an agricultural commodity under the Federal Crop Insurance program. Ms. Stefanik joined other members of Congress in submitting a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting the change, which would put the dairy industry in a better position to recover from severe declines in milk prices.

Study finds city’s south side is a food desert

The lack of a major grocery store and having fewer convenience stores nearby makes Warren's southside neighborhoods more food insecure than the rest of the city, according to a recently released study by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. Examining 91 items from a U.S. Department of Agriculture thrifty food plan survey list, stores on the city's southeast side did not have 68 percent of the items, according to a study on food access conducted by TNP over the past year.

Worsening drought conditions in parts of US stressing crops

Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those commodities is hardest hit. Drought conditions have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Higher Costs Make 2018 a Great Time to Cut Carbs

It looks like next year might be a good time to cut the carbohydrates as a drought-fueled jump in wheat costs will make bakery goods the food items with the biggest price gains for U.S. consumers. Higher prices paid to farmers, combined with lower imports, may increase grocery and restaurant costs for baked goods and cereals as much as 4 percent next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in its first forecast of food-price inflation for 2018.

County discusses prevalence of homelessness

Homelessness is prevalent in the Twin Counties, but United Community Ministries is having success in finding homes for families, according to information presented to the Nash County Board of Commissioners on Monday. Linda Brinson with United Community Ministries told the board at its second monthly meeting that 336 men and women have stayed at the shelter in the last six months.

Duh


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FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 - Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests. Folks who had a sweetened drink with a high-protein meal stored more unused fat, compared to others who ate the same food with a sugar- free beverage, laboratory tests revealed.

Editorial: Trump names an anti-science blowhard as ‘chief…

President Trump's disdain for science apparently knows no bounds. He has now nominated climate change skeptic Sam Clovis, a talk radio host, to serve as the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist - a slap in the face of the scientific community and a disservice to those responsible for the integrity of the USDA's research.

Sen. Murkowski and Senate Appropriations Committee: Looking out for Alaska’s Food Security

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously passed the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2018 Bill - which includes important components for Alaska. The bill requires clear labeling for genetically engineered salmon, allows rural areas to receive summer food services programs in innovative ways, increases fish allowed in WIC programs, and ensures pregnant women receive adequate information about eating seafood during pregnancy.

PETA accuses Fulton meat processor

In a news release emailed Thursday, PETA spokesperson David Perle stated the group contacted Callaway County Prosecutor Christopher Wilson, alleging animal abuse at Central Missouri Meat and Sausage. "The writer of this report has altered the facts to promote their cause of turning the world vegan," Hawkins said.

Australian woman killed by Minneapolis police officer ‘didn’t have to die,’ says police chief

Speaking publicly for the first time since the deadly officer-involved shooting, Minneapolis Police Chief Jane Harteau said Thursday the killing of Au... -- President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that "ISIS is falling fast." As he and Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Pentagon for a... The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is investigating about two dozen complaints from farmers about dicamba herbicide drift.

PM markets: US weather outlook rains on grain bulls’ parade

Grain futures, having started the day with a roar, ended with a bit of a whimper as the US weather forecast turned more benign, curbing crop worries. Sure, the weaker dollar , which dropped below 95 against a basket of currencies for the first time in 10 months, offered a lingering tailwind to prices of dollar-denominated commodities, making them more affordable to foreign buyers.

How You Can Help Save Local Kids From Going Hungry This Summer


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For many children, summer vacation evokes images of their favorite foods: backyard barbecues, fresh farmer's market produce, s'mores by the campfire and frozen delights from the ice cream truck. However, for the - homes lacking the adequate resources to purchase the food needed for an active, healthy lifestyle - summer vacation offers less relief than it does hunger and uncertainty.

Californiaa s climate change extension clears Legislature, heads to Gov. Brown

An effort to extend California's signature program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change cleared the California Legislature on Monday, sending the deal to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Len called AB 398, which cleared the necessary two-thirds threshold in both houses, a "legislative unicorn" that brought together an unusual coalition of business organizations and environmental groups, among others rarely aligned at the Capitol.

Agriculture Stocks As A Value Play


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Note: Following my recent debate on stock valuations , I thought this discussion about a foodstuffs, the CRB food index and other agricultural commodities was worth sharing. Enjoy After the announced Amazon-Whole Foods deal all we heard was about food deflation at the same time the CRB food index was breaking out to a one year high which I've pointed out a few times over the past few weeks.

In 2016/17 MY, Russia exported 35.5 mln tonnes of grains – Ministry of Agriculture

In 2016/17 MY, the exports of grain crops from Russia broke a record and reached 35.5 mln tonnes, an increase of 5% compared with the season-2015/16, reported the Minister of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev, on July 5. In particular, the exports of Russian wheat increased by 10% compared with the previous season, and totaled 27.1 mln tonnes. But in a new year, the figures will reach 37-38 mln tonnes, the Minister said.

Agencies struggle to label soy milk

Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently" wanted to use the term "soy milk" in educational materials for the public, according to emails recently released in response to a lawsuit.

Soy – milk’? Even federal agencies can’t agree on terminology

Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently" wanted to use the term "soy milk" in educational materials for the public, according to emails recently released in response to a lawsuit.

USDA encourages food safety this summer

Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service wants to remind consumers to keep their family and themselves safe from foodborne illness by using a food thermometer to ensure meat and poultry is cooked to the correct internal temperature.

Commissioner Adam Putnam One of First Individuals Awarded 2017 US Water Prize

Last night Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam was presented with the 2017 US Water Prize in acknowledgement of his leadership on water issues in Florida. The prize was award by the US Water Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the nation about the true value of water and advancing policies and programs that manage water resources to advance a better quality of life for everyone.

2 LSU researchers get nearly $1M to study honeybee stress

Two Louisiana State University researchers are getting nearly $1 million for a two-year study of how stress affects honeybee health. The LSU AgCenter says in a news release that Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale are working with U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee researchers in Baton Rouge and the nation's largest beekeeper .

Can you find emergency assistance for livestock, honeybee and…

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program provides emergency assistance to eligible livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible livestock losses include grazing losses not covered under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program , loss of purchased feed and/or mechanically harvested feed due to an eligible adverse weather event, additional cost of transporting water because of an eligible drought and additional cost associated with gathering livestock to treat for cattle tick fever.

Iowa Crop – Weather Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

Afghanistan: Just walk away

Our involvement in Afghanistan is untenable because the country is untenable. No matter what is done, Afghanistan will fail because of its galloping population growth.

Charm Sciences gets award from USDA

Charm Sciences has received the 2017 Small Business Contractor of the Year award from the US Department of Agriculture . The recognition is based upon its five-year contract with the USDA-Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration for official regulatory testing of aflatoxin and vomitoxin in grains.

USDA halting import of fresh Brazilian beefAbout 1.9 million pounds…

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Thursday announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action that the United States Department of Agriculture finds satisfactory.

U.S. bans imports of Brazilian beef over safety concerns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the immediate suspension of fresh beef imports from the South American country on Thursday after inspections uncovered public health concerns, unsanitary conditions and animal health issues. Brazil is the fifth biggest supplier of beef to the U.S., ranking behind only Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

Baby food recalled for chicken bone fragments

North Korea has denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma. Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 20 stores - 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores - as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

The Illusion Of Declining Debt To Income Ratios

In some states, when a couple enters into divorce, the court may award "alimony," or spousal support, to one of the former spouses for the express purpose of limiting any unfair economic effects by providing a continuing income to the spouse. The purpose is to help that spouse continue the "standard of living" they had during the marriage.

World coffee stocks to shrink to six-year low in 2017-18

World coffee stocks will fall next season to their lowest in six years - and for even longer in major exporting countries - sapped by record demand at a time of only marginally rising output. The US Department of Agriculture, in its first global coffee estimates for 2017-18, forecast stocks closing the season at 34.0m bags, a drop of 1.1m bags year on year, and the lowest since the end of 2011-12.

Howell: Cotton skids to new lows as 2017-18 export prospects cut

Monthly supply-demand estimates showing a largely unexpected cut in U.S. 2017-18 exports and a buildup in world ending stocks outside China helped set the stage for a marketing week selloff in cotton futures. July lost 464 points for the week ended Thursday to close at 71.91 cents, its lowest close since Dec. 30. December shed 363 points to settle at 69.47 cents, its lowest finish since Dec. 28. The market lost ground across the board five sessions in a row.

Agencies Promise Efficiencies, but Not Workforce Cuts in Reorganization Plans

Federal agencies working to restructure themselves are focusing primarily on serving their customers better rather than ways to cut the workforce, leaders told a Senate panel Thursday, which promised thorough oversight of the Trump administration's reorganization efforts. Agency leaders said they were taking seriously suggestions from their rank-and-file employees on how to institute more efficiencies as part of their reform planning.

Indiana Native Named To Rural Affairs USDA Post

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday that Anne Hazlett will lead the USDA's rural development agencies. Hazlett has worked on agriculture and rural issues for more than 15 years and served as an adviser to former Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

$600,000 USDA conservation grant awarded to MOFGA

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that it will award a $600,000 Conservation Innovation Grant to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association . This award will help promote natural resources protection through the development of specialized loans to farmers, and pilot the use of a new web-based natural resources assessment tool.

Tyson recalls nearly 2.5 million pounds of chicken

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that approximately 2,485,374 pounds of the ready-to-eat breaded chicken products could contain milk. The affected products were produced and packaged between Aug. 17, 2016 and Jan. 15, 2017 with the establishment number "P-1325" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

U.S., China Finalize Details To Send U.S. Beef To China

U.S., CHINA FINALIZE DETAILS TO SEND U.S. BEEF TO CHINA Jun. 13, 2017 Source: USDA news release As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003. These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang for China.

USDA: Corn projections unchanged, June 30 report to offer deeper insight

U.S. corn production remains on track to produce an abundant, but not record-setting, crop according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. With projections to production, supply and demand unchanged from the May report, farmers now wait to see how the picture might change with the release of the Acreage report, which provides a survey-based estimate of the area planted and a forecast of harvest acres, on June 30. "The farm economy continues to struggle, and that's why it's so important that we encourage and grow corn markets wherever possible," said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Stratford, Texas.

a C.S.a. for Books

Mariah Hughs and her husband, Nick Sichterman, founded Blue Hill Books in 1986. It sits on Pleasant Street, in Blue Hill, Maine, a coastal town with a population that swells during the warmer months and thins out again each winter, reduced to its cast of fewer than three thousand year-round residents.

Mr. Nunes Went To Washington

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the now-controversial chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a bit different from what Washington expects in its politicians. He grew up in the agricultural cornucopia of the Central Valley of California -- fruits, vegetables, beef, dairy products and fibers -- the concrete expression of a myriad of hard-working ethnic groups.

Kentucky supplier recalls more than 22,000 pounds of beef

The Gazette is Colorado Springs's most trusted source for breaking news, sports, weather, obituaries, politics, business, art, entertainment, blogs, video, photos. What to watch on TV for the week of June 5 - June 11: Nonagenarians, Orange makes a comeback and much more LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Police activity near Notre Dame in Paris, public asked to avoid area

The issue is pretty much a slam dunk, as is his love for the NBA team's ... -- Former FBI Director James Comey will testify about his discussions with President Donald Trump on June 8, a month after his firing and weeks after his predeces... -- Friday's episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher has just lost one of its guests. A spokesperson for Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Mi... -- The Trump International Hotel received $270,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to filings disclosed by the Department of Justice.A spokesperson for ... -- The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating how it stores veterans' electronic health records by adopting the same record-keeping system as the Department o... MANHATTAN, KAN.

Superstar Training

Lowe's should have received their shipment of Texas Superstars by now. Drive by and see if they have a signature superstar table outside to publicize their offerings.

The two revolutions

The first is a political revolution that began in 2010. Since the end of that year, Arkansas has gone from a congressional delegation in which five of the six members were Democrats to one in which all six are Republicans.

Farmers decry Trump plans to cut agriculture subsidies

Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump's budget. The proposed cuts come even as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of falling income, and could particularly affect farm states such as Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska that helped Trump win the November election.

Ag groups: Do no harm in trade

President Donald Trump campaigned on promises of reviewing and renegotiating U.S. trade agreements with other countries. On May 18 he started to make good on that promise as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the president's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement .

Peanut farmers asked to comment on rule revising Seg. 1 standards

Peanut farmers are asked to submit comments on a proposed rule based on recommendations by the Peanut Standards Board to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States. The Peanut Standards Board voted in the fall of 2016 to raise the grading score used to classify farmer stock peanuts as SEG 1's from 2.49 percent to 3.49 percent.

Concerns rise over budget support for ag

North Dakota's congressional delegation are expressing their concern that President Trump's fiscal year 2018 proposed budget does not adequately support agriculture. "I appreciate the president's commitment to cutting the deficit and balancing the budget for the first time in several years.

Trump’s food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress

President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. Democrats will oppose any changes to the program, which is designed as a temporary safety net for Americans who find themselves unable to adequately feed themselves or their families.

Trump budget hard on ‘forgotten’ rural American supporters

Trump budget hard on 'forgotten' rural American supporters Trump's budget could be punishing for the rural, working-class voters who overwhelmingly supported him Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2rQU26R WASHINGTON - Sen. Al Franken, the former comedian from Minnesota, had a not-so-funny response to President Trump's first budget that relies on deep cuts to the nation's health care and safety-net programs: "This piece of legislation is cruel," said Franken, who co-chairs the Senate rural health caucus. It could be particularly punishing for the rural, working-class voters who overwhelmingly supported Trump, according to a USA TODAY review.

Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government

President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government's role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a budget plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers. Trump's proposal, to be released Tuesday, claims to balance the budget within a decade.

Trump says budget can balance witha

President Trump is proposing major cuts to health care, food assistance and other safety-net programs for the poor to balance the budget in 10 years while increasing spending for the military and other priorities. But even if Congress goes along with the budget the president will send to Capitol Hill on Tuesday - which is unlikely - it requires rosy economic assumptions to work.

RPT-U.S., China accelerate beef talks; deal possible by early June

CHICAGO, May 19 Talks on restarting U.S. beef exports to China are moving fast and final details should be in place by early June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, allowing American farmers to vie for business that has been lost by rival Brazil. As part of a trade deal, U.S. ranchers are set to face tests over the use of growth-promoting drugs to raise cattle destined for export to China and to log the animals' movements, according to the USDA.

Ag Business Council Of KC, Agri-Pulse Announce Ag Outlook Forum

PULSE ANNOUNCE AG OUTLOOK FORUM May 22, 2017 Source: joint organization news release The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse Communications announce plans to present an Ag Outlook Forum on September 28th in Kansas City. This year has already proven to be very challenging for farmers, agribusiness and rural America.

RPT-White House proposes $46.54 bln in cuts to agriculture over 10 years

May 22 The White House budget on Monday proposed $46.54 billion in cuts to federal government funding for the agriculture sector over the next 10 years. President Donald Trump's biggest cut would come in the form of a $38 billion bite out of farm supports, including new limits on federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums and caps for commodity payments.

Cuomo calls on President Trump for help with ‘intolerable’ Penn Station

The FBI is now involved in the investigation of an "unprovoked" college campus killing. Early Saturday morning, a black student from Bowie State Univers... -- In his first high-stakes speech abroad on Sunday, President Donald Trump called on Middle Eastern nations to "drive out" extremists.&ldqu... The Ag Secretary made a trip to the ranch of Senator Deb Fischer to meet with those in agriculture.

Trump will propose big cuts to safety net in new budget

President Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to antipoverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said. The domestic budget cut will be proposed despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net, they said.

Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulder

President Donald Trump's budget hasn't been released yet, but that's not stopping some of Capitol Hill's most important Republicans from giving it a cold shoulder. Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday, and it's certain to include a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, federal employee pensions and farm subsidies.

Tom Hardy cast as “Spider-Man” baddie Venom

The FBI is now involved in the investigation of an "unprovoked" college campus killing. Early Saturday morning, a black student from Bowie State Univers... -- In his first high-stakes speech abroad on Sunday, President Donald Trump called on Middle Eastern nations to "drive out" extremists.&ldqu... The Ag Secretary made a trip to the ranch of Senator Deb Fischer to meet with those in agriculture.

Trump might pick a non-scientist to be USDA’s ‘chief scientist’


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President Donald Trump has reportedly picked Sam Clovis - a conservative talk show radio host and climate change denier - to be the "chief scientist" of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research division. If appointed, he'll oversee key scientific work on everything from nutrition to the effects of rising temperatures on food supplies.

Frozen burritos recalled for possible listeria contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday announced the Green Chile Food Company recall for various frozen burritos containing meat and poultry, after a routine sample of a beef and potato burrito found a problem. The Las Cruces, New Mexico-based company made and packaged the ready-to-eat foods between March 8 and May 10, and the products have the establishment number listed as EST.

Perdue creates Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs

May 12 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the standing up of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation mission area to have a customer focus and meet USDA constituents in the field.

USDA Unsure if Bird Flu Guidelines are Helping, GAO Finds

U.S. agriculture officials do not actually know if they are doing enough to protect people and poultry from avian influenza, a government watchdog reported Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still relying on poultry producers to voluntarily follow security guidelines, and many still are not doing everything they are supposed to do to protect their flocks, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office says in the report .

Vertical Farming Market to Show 26% CAGR to Reach Revenue of about USD 6 Billion by 2022

Key Players in market are Yamaha Motor Company , Da-Jiang Innovations Science & Technology Corporation Ltd , Aero Vironment Inc. , Avular Bv ,3D Robotics " Factors such as less usage of fertilizers and pesticides, water conservation, less usage of energy and growing demand for food production are driving the growth of the vertical farming market. Also, rising demand for high quality food, independent farming techniques and less impact of climatic conditions are expected to boost the market over the forecast period.

Poop in Puget Sound sickened customers but really hurt oystermena s livelihood

Geoduck clams are kept fresh in seawater after being harvested near Harstine Island, Wash., in Puget Sound in this March 23, 2015, file photo. Washington state officials, environmental advocates and others are warning of dire environmental and economic consequences if President Donald Trump's cuts to Puget Sound and other environmental programs go through as proposed in his first budget.

Low-income residents offered few fresh food options

Several times throughout his workday at the Village Pantry on the city's west side Derik Jones sees mothers come in to buy the week's groceries from the store's meager options. "There's not really anywhere for people to buy groceries if they have to walk around here," he said.

Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic

Stretching across miles of pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colo., the complex is home to more than 15,000 cows, making it more than a hundred times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of Aurora Organic Dairy, a company that produces enough milk to supply the house brands of Walmart, Costco and other major retailers.

Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio: ‘We Can End Hunger In This Country’

House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio discuss the farm bill as part of the Plate of the Union campaign, April 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Hunger in America can often seem invisible, but recent studies have shown that it is a problem that affect millions of people, many of them children. An estimated 13.1 million kids live in homes with insufficient food, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Senator Mark Green Joins Advance Financial in Celebrating the…

State Senator Mark Green joined Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial in awarding $1,000 scholarships to eight outstanding Middle Tennessee high school seniors at the Advance Financial Foundation's Annual Scholarship Banquet. Students' applications were judged on academic activities, honors, goals and financial need.

Philadelphia Startup Will Collect Leftover Food During NFL Draft

The 2017 National Football League draft is happening in Philadelphia this weekend, from April 27 to 29. And a local organization will help recover surplus food so it can be donated to area shelters. Food Connect is the Philadelphia-based organization behind an app that makes donating surplus food to local shelters as easy as a few clicks.

Trump to sign agriculture executive order Tuesday

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that looks to help the US agriculture business by establishing a task force to identify impediments to the business' growth. Trump will sign the executive order after a meeting with 15 farmers from across the country, including Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau; Bill Northey, the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; and Lisa Johnson Billy, a farmer and former Oklahoma House member.

Campbell recalls a Homestylea chicken soup

A crazy switcheroo led to the voluntary recall Saturday of nearly 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products by the Campbell Soup Company. The cans were labeled as "Campbell's Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta," but when consumers opened the cans, instead they found "Campbell's Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth" soup.

Campbell Recalls a Homestylea Chicken Soup After Label Switch

A crazy switcheroo led to the voluntary recall Saturday of nearly 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products by the Campbell Soup Company. The cans were labeled as "Campbell's Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta," but when consumers opened the cans, instead they found "Campbell's Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth" soup.

Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale

The church is one of the few buildings in downtown Till... . In this April 5, 2017 photo, Garrett Zoller, principal broker with LandandWildlife.com, stands under a basketball hoop in the abandoned gym of Tiller Elementary School in Tiller, Ore.

Minding the malt

Without it - if disease or a freak act of nature were to damage those crops, for instance - farmers and the craft brewing companies that rely on them would undoubtedly take a hit. Such was the case made Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who visited the Southern Tier Distilling Company, located at 2051 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

IPPA board members Mike Haag and Curt Zehr meet with Congressman Darin LaHood to emphasize the importance of pork and trade to the United States. This week we spotlight Earth Day and some of the conservation farming efforts taking place throughout the state.

Breakfast On The Farm

Brian and Lauren Arbogast, and their two sons, Jackson , 6, and Branson, 8, are hosting the Virginia Cooperative Extension's Breakfast on the Farm on May 27 at their farm in Lacey Spring. The Arbogast family is hosting the Virginia Cooperative Extension's annual Breakfast on the Farm on May 27 at their farm in Lacey Spring.

Pleasant Prairie wetland due for restoration

A Kenosha developer intends to restore more than 400 acres of wetland habitat within a 625-acre parcel in the village's Barnes Creek area beginning next year. Bear Development has filed plans with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the project that aims to enhance existing wetlands while restoring to wetlands other areas previously used for farming.

WV Man Recognized Nationally for Helping Feed Kids

Governor Justice's office joined representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture today to recognize Dr. William White with the Summer Food Champion Award. White received the national recognition as a result of his work with the Summer Food Service Program to help feed children in the Mountain State.

Veterinary Services Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced $2.4 million in available funding to relieve veterinarian shortage situations and support veterinary services. Funding is made through NIFA's Veterinary Services Grant Program , authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship

Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young has announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program , USDA's largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec. 31 can renew their contract for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands.

Farmers dismayed that USDA delays fair practice rule

A rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who grow chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processors has been delayed by at least six months, halting an initiative rolled out in the final days of Barack Obama's administration. The rule was first proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010 but was finally rolled out in December and was set to take effect on April 22. The rule would make it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices.

BCSC lunch rising 10 cents

Student meal prices in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. are going up by 10 cents for the 2017-18 school year. The district is raising them based on a requirement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that stipulates meal prices should be set at $2.86, said Jim Roberts, BCSC superintendent.

San Bernardino school had no knowledge of teacher’s troubled relationship with shooter, police say

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Wheat wins over corn for Chinese farmers after subsidy reform

Chinese corn sowings are easing, the countries massive stockpiles are slowly being drawn down, as a result of the large-scale liberalisation of the farm sector, US official said. And with corn margins falling, wheat is winning hectares, pushing plantings to 15-year highs, US Department of Agriculture's Beijing bureau.

Resources are available for beginning farmersAre you thinking about…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a website to connect farm entrepreneurs with programs, services and resources for anyone interested in getting started into farming at www.usda.gov/newfarmers. The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner, starting or expanding an operation, developing new markets, supporting more effective farming and conservation practices, and having access to relevant training and education opportunities.

On-the-farm research making the case for industrial hemp

Real-world research in more than a dozen states in recent years is giving farmers new understanding of how to grow industrial hemp and showing that it has promise to be a viable commercial crop in the U.S. The 2014 federal farm bill allowed for university and state-sponsored research programs of the plant whose fiber can be used in products from paper to clothing and whose oil can be an ingredient in food and health products. Programs have now been launched in 15 states, with two more states coming online, according to the hemp advocacy nonprofit Vote Hemp.

Lull in spring rains helps Mississippi corn planting

Fall preparation paid off for many Mississippi corn producers who were able to take advantage of a gap in spring rains to plant much of their crop early. Erick Larson, corn specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said warm weather and a break in typical spring rains has allowed farmers to make considerable corn planting progress this spring.

Trump in No Hurry to Staff ‘Enemy of the People’ Offices

The New York Times on March 12 reported that the Trump administration, for a variety of reasons, was filling the offices of administrative agencies at a glacial pace. From the Department of Agriculture to the Weather Service, over 2,000 mid-level political-appointee positions were still unfilled; the Times called it "the slowest transition in decades."

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After a long period of on again, off again discussion, mainly because of the funding situation, the Kensington area sanitary sewer project is finally under way. The project is being funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, sponsored by Columbiana County commissioners.

Mississippi company recalls thousands of pounds of catfish

A Mississippi company has recalled 1,695 pounds of catfish product that may be adulterated with residues of public health concern. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a routine inspection by the Food Safety and Inspection Service revealed "violative levels of the chemicals Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green."

AM markets: wheat falls anew, despite US crop deterioration

The proportion of the crop in Kansas, the top growing state, rated "good" or "excellent" fell by 2 points week on week to 36%, amid "dry, windy conditions", US Department of Agriculture data overnight showed. In Oklahoma, the rating dropped by 2 points to 40%, and in Texas, where "precipitation across the state was scarce", by 1 point to 34%.

Bird flu cases revive fear of repeat of major 2015 outbreak

In this April 20, 2015 file photo, a sign warning visitors to stay away from an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. The detection of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm is reviving memories of a widespread domestic outbreak in 2015 that required the slaughter of millions of turkeys and chickens.

PM markets: grain prices trim gains as funds take a breather

Ideas of the Brazilian soybean and corn harvest got another boost, while crop reports from the US southern Plains showed little reason to start fretting over drought damage to winter wheat yet, and absent fund buying, grain markets trimmed their recent gains. The latest forecast for Brazilian soybeans from FC Stone came in at a hefty 109.07m tonnes, nearly 5m tonnes up from its February forecast, with favourable weather across most of the country's growing regions.

Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken…

Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 73,500 chickens were destroyed at the facility and will not enter the food system.

Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken…

Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 73,500 chickens were destroyed at the facility and will not enter the food system.

Backyard gardening makes comeback –

The Union Times Brussel Sprouts and Collard Greens like these growing in the Piedmont Physic Garden are among the many types of fruit and vegetables that can be grown in a backyard garden. Backyard gardening is making a comeback in South Carolina in response to the expansion of food deserts in communities across the state.

New home for Forestry under consideration; but laid-off foresters still in limbo

While the governor and the Legislature are trading shots over the coming fiscal budget gap, 37 workers from the state Division of Forestry who were laid off during the last budget crisis are still hoping to come back to work. The forestry workers were laid off over a $1.7 shortfall in their own agency's budget that came about largely because of a decrease in timber severance tax money.

DA Food Skyway program offers new market for Zambo Peninsula fisher folks

Fishermen in Zamboanga Peninsula will soon have a larger market for their fish catch, especially during this month's peak season, as the Department of Agriculture will launch the so-called Philippine Food Skyway program later this month, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources . BFAR Regional Director Isidro Velayo Jr. on Thursday said that they are currently preparing the mechanisms to collect the surplus catch that cannot be absorbed by the local market and the fish processing industries in the region.

Vice President Mike Pence defends his use of private email account as governor of Indiana

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Hangry in the school caf: Sharing some food is off the table

School officials in a Connecticut town are criticizing new restrictions on lunchroom "share tables," which encourage students to donate uneaten food for any classmates who may be hungry. The concept has been promoted by the U.S. Agriculture Department as a way to reduce waste, but it is up to local governments to determine what health codes will allow.

Robots are raising your kale now.

A New Jersey startup called Bowery grows leafy greens stacked in columns five high under the watchful eyes of an AI system . The operation, which officially launched last week , uses 95 percent less water than traditional methods and is 100 times more productive on the same footprint of land, according to the company.

Trump Supporters Starting To Lose Faith?

Tom Godat, a union electrician who has always voted for Democrats, cast his ballot for Donald Trump last year as "the lesser of two evils" compared to Hillary Clinton. There's a lot that Godat likes about President Trump, especially his pledge to make the country great again by ignoring lobbyists, challenging both political parties and increasing the number of good-paying jobs.

South Korea to extend subsidy on some egg imports as bird flu hits local output


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A South Korean health official disinfects a vehicle to prevent spread of bird flu in Pohang, South Korea, December 19, 2016. Choi Chang-ho/News1 via South Korea is extending a scheme to subsidize up to half the cost of importing eggs by sea for another two months until the end of April, as it grapples with a shortfall in local supply in the wake of its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.

Fundraiser starts for urban farm resource center in Detroit

State economic development officials and a nonprofit urban farming group have launched a crowdfunded campaign to turn a vacant Detroit building into a community resource center. The campaign to raise $50,000 was launched Tuesday by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.

Candy purchases with food stamps questioned

The Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner of the state of Maine, Mary Mayhew, says that it is beyond debate that both candy and sugary drinks are indeed contributing to obesity. Therefore, the state is asking the federal government to ban the purchase of sugary drinks and sweets with food stamps.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wears no. 46 jersey in apparent nod to Trump feud

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Thompson Bill Seeks to Help Young Farmers

U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson has introduced a bill that will invest in the next generation of farmers and help them pay back their student loans through an existing program geared toward public service. H.R. 1060, the Young Farmer Success Act, is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Thompson, Rep. Joe Courtney and Rep. John Faso in an effort to preserve America's agricultural economy and the security of its national food supply.

For beginning farmers, From the mailbox

This is a time of tremendous opportunity in farming and ranching for beginners graduating from college or looking to start a venture of their own. Alternative crops and high value markets offer profit potential and lower risk for new farmers.a a If land ownership is the preferred route, funding will have to come from savings, bootstrapping, investors/partners, or loans.

Texas Woman Sues Popeyes For Flesh-Eating Screwworms In Rice And Beans

A Texas woman, Karen Goode, is suing a San Antonio Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after she claims she was infected with flesh-eating screwworms at the restaurant which began to eat her "alive from the inside-out". Goode filed the lawsuit on February 7, 2017, noting that she was made so ill by the Popeyes rice and beans that she was unable to work, lost her business, her house and her vehicle.

News | Robert Whitcomb’s Digital Diary: Time for a Bipartisan Carbon Tax & Boston Hate

For stormy days, when he is free from toil, He plans his summer crops, selects his seeds From bright-paged catalogues for garden needs. When looking out upon frost-silvered fields, He visualizes autumn's golden yields; He sees in snow and sleet and icy rain Precious moisture for his early grain; He hears spring-heralds in the storm's turmoil He knows no winter, he who loves the soil."

USDA removes animal welfare reports from its website

The Agriculture Department has removed animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website, citing privacy and other laws. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the information was removed from the site around 11 a.m. Friday.

USDA removes animal welfare reports from its website

The Agriculture Department has removed animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about animal breeding and research facilities from its website, citing privacy and other laws. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service , says the information was removed from the site around 11 a.m. Friday.

Negron: Farmland isn’t only option for Okeechobee plan

Senate President Joe Negron appears willing to look beyond sugar farmland to carry out his proposal to reduce the flow of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into bays on both coasts. The Stuart Republican, speaking at the Capitol this week, maintained his desire to buy 60,000 acres for a reservoir south of the lake to store and clean water.

Hammerich, Neuhart keynote speakers at annual meeting

It will be held at the Fort Morgan Home Plate Restaurant, 19873 U.S. Hwy. 34. Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9 a.m. The cost of the meeting will be $25 in advance, and that will cover the annual meeting, annual membership in Morgan Conservation District, and free breakfast that morning.

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 68

Born in Sinclairville, New York in 1891, Tugwell was exposed to left leaning thinking early in his life, reading people such as Upton Sinclair and Edward Bellamy. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Economics.

Impact of Trump’s hiring freeze unclear

Executive orders signed by President Donald Trump on Monday instituted an across-the-board hiring freeze for the federal government, but it is still unclear how the order will affect agencies located on the Big Island. The memorandum released Monday states that "no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled, and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.

Threats to US trade with China, Mexico ‘far bigger deal’ than loss of TPP

Threats to US trade with China or Mexico, which have been raised by Donald Trump's US presidency, look far more serious than the loss of the TPP deal, a senior CME Group executive said, foreseeing a jump in ag price volatility. Erik Norland, executive director and senior economist of CME Group, downplayed President Trump's decision on Monday to withdraw the US from the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, saying that "I do not think it really changes very much".

Trump: Sonny Perdue will be ‘great’ Agriculture secretary

Donald Trump wrapped up his initial Cabinet nominations Thursday, tapping former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture. Trump: Sonny Perdue will be 'great' Agriculture secretary Donald Trump wrapped up his initial Cabinet nominations Thursday, tapping former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Trump to Nominate Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named Sonny Perdue III, the former governor of Georgia, as his choice for the next U.S. secretary of agriculture. "From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and solving the challenges our farmers face, and he is going to deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land," Trump said in a statement.

Northey: Grants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.

Organic Farming Research Foundation receives federal grant

The federal government has selected the Organic Farming Research Foundation in Santa Cruz as the recipient of a competitive grant, a foundation spokeswoman announced Monday morning. The grant was issued by the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, and is designed to facilitate the increased use of the agency's programs and services among organic farmers.

Hedge funds turn sweeter on wheat just in time

Hedge funds turned less downbeat over wheat futures ahead of last week's data showing a surprise slump in US sowings, potentially limiting the prospects of further price rises, but appear caught out in cotton. Managed money, a proxy for speculators, hiked its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities, from coffee to corn, by more than 95,000 contracts in the week to last Tuesday, analysis of data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulator shows.

January WASDE Viewed as a – Positive’ for Ag Equipment

In his annual message, John Deere's Chairman, Sam Allen, described the company's long-term prospects as "bullish," but added, "We don't mean to minimize the challenges we're facing at the present time there are signs that some of our key markets may be approaching a bottom, but we are not anticipating a turnaround in 2017." USDA's most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released on Jan. 12, provided some credence to Allen's remarks.

Vilsack leaving USDA early, no Trump replacement named

Secretary Tom Vilsack left the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and before President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his replacement. Vilsack, who has led USDA for eight years and was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary, told employees in an email that Friday is his final day.

Bird flu-plagued South Korea agrees to buy US eggs

In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, customers look at eggs at a discount store in Seoul, South Korea, a day after government officials announced that millions of chickens would be culled because of an outbreak of bird flu. Because of the spreading bird flu outbreak, South Korea has asked the United States for the first time to ship it shell eggs.

Chicago Agriculture Commodities Finished Mixed Friday


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Chicago Board of Trade agriculture grains futures finished mixed on Friday with Corn, Wheat futures finishing the last trading day of the year on a high note. Wheat futures are lifted by a setback in the USD, which in theory makes US grains more competitive, and strong weekly exports .

Researchers seek genes that control wheat yield


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University of California-Davis plant geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky examines one of the wheat plants being raised in an indoor growth chamber. Photo courtesy of Karin Higgins/UC Davis DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, U.S. - With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture , researchers are attempting to identify and characterize the genes controlling wheat yield.

UPDATE 1-U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

UPDATE 1-U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Trump talks Agriculture position with former TX lawmaker

Bonilla made his comments Friday after traveling to Florida for a meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, telling reporters that the meeting "went very well" and that he remains under consideration for the post. "I didn't ask him about other interviews or who else has been through here but I sense that they're close to making a decision, they've got quite a few people, that's my understanding."

Corn Futures Little Lower

The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange reported that Argentina's corn planting was about 71.3 percent done. U.S. Corn used for last week's ethanol production totaled 107.94 million bushels, for the crop year total corn used for ethanol production is now 1.71 billion bushels.

Tama Co. Farm Service Agency welcomes new committee member

The Tama County Farm Service Agency Office is pleased to welcome Darren Thiessen as a member of the County Committee. The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.

USDA announces new conservation farmland transfer policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new policy designed to allow farmers to take land out of a conservation program early if it is to be transferred to the next generation of farmers. Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam says beginning Jan. 9, the USDA will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program contracts.

Fund, Argentina talk helps grains hold on to Santa gains

OK, the grain market bulls, after a festive feast in the first session after Christmas, did not come back for seconds in early trading on Wednesday. But at least futures held on to nearly all the gains made in the last session, which were substantial, at more than 4% in Chicago wheat for March, for example.

Trump Winery Plans to Hire More Immigrant Workers

Go ahead and raise your eyebrows now: Trump Winery wants to add six new immigrant laborers to its staff. Though the Virginia-based winery is owned and operated by Donald Trump's son Eric, the move is a textbook example of the hypocrisy and self-serving dealings of the Trump campaign.

Almond drink? Soy juice? Some lawmakers want to crack down on what can be sold as ‘milk’

A group of more than 20 U.S. legislators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration demanding it require the makers of soy milk, almond milk and rice milk to drop "milk" from the label of anything that doesn't come directly from an animal. In the latest salvo in a nearly two-decades-old fight over what should and shouldn't be called milk, a group of more than 20 U.S. legislators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration demanding it require the makers of soy milk, almond milk and rice milk to drop "milk" from the label of anything that doesn't come directly from an animal.

USDA Blog: ‘Minneapolis School Embraces Family-Style Dining’

"What if school lunchtime was more than just a wait in line and a race to find a seat and eat, but instead was more like a traditional family meal a time when friends gather to enjoy their food, engage in meaningful conversation, build relationships and gain important life skills?" That's the question posed by the principal of a Minneapolis public elementary school in a blog posted Tuesday on the Agriculture Department website. The principal explains that her school decided to abandon the typical chaotic and impersonal lunchroom experience and create a family-style dining program.

USDA will allow lemon imports from Argentina

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Dec. 20 that it would publish its final rule allowing lemon imports from areas of Argentina into the U.S. Its pest risk assessment and three site visits, most recently in September, led the agency to conclude that a systems approach requiring registration, monitoring, treatment and traceability protocols for production and packinghouses, among other measures, would reduce the risk of introducing Argentine pests into the U.S. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent the rule to the Federal Register, to take effect 30 days after publication.

Electoral College Members Meeting Across the Country to Cast Votes

But in cases where breast milk is not available from an infant's mother, getting access to saf... - The 538 electors are meeting Monday to cast their votes in the last step of the presidential election. But what is usually a formality has taken on new significance this year with Donald Trump's election and calls for electors to defect.

Cornucopia Institute Calls For Investigation Of USDA’s National Organic Program

In a letter to the USDA's Office of Inspector General, The Cornucopia Institute has requested an independent audit of the National Organic Program , charging a multiplicity of illegal actions and inactions. The Wisconsin-based farm policy research group alleges that the National Organic Program has failed to enforce the laws governing organic agriculture, thereby allowing multinational corporate agribusinesses to squeeze out family-scale farmers, compromising the integrity of the organic label.

US Court of Appeals: States and counties can ban GMO crops despite federal laws

The entire organic community of the United States just won a massive victory that many may not yet even realize. Even though the DARK Act was passed by Obama and some Senate goons to prohibit labeling of GMOs nationwide, the US Court of Appeals just passed a law that enables states and counties to completely ban genetically engineered crops from ever being planted in the first place.

Branstad picked for post in China

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner. But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

Trump’s choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner. But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

USDA offers new loans for portable farm storage, handling equipment –

Attention Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, and Whitley County producers - Farm Service Agency will provide a new financing option to help you purchase portable storage and handling equipment. County Executive Director Megan Moore explains, "The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments and attractive interest rates, are designed to help our producers grow their businesses and markets.

Farming subsidies rise 74% in state

Arkansas farmers have received $370.7 million in federal "safety net" payments for losses in 2015, an increase of 73.9 percent from the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In comparison, for losses in the 2014 farm year, Arkansas farmers received $213.2 million through Sept.

Iowa Crop – Weather Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

Thanksgiving Tragedy


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I know that seems weird, but before that first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims nearly starved to death because they didn't respect private property. When they first arrived in Massachusetts, they acted like Bernie Sanders wants us to act.

Grain column with Emma Croft

The UK grain trade has experienced a, to put it politely, 'extremely unusual' week following the announcement that Donald Trump will be the next US President on Wednesday morning. The news shocked both the world and the global commodity markets, the UK grain market included.

The Latest: Trump to bar officials from lobbying for 5 years

Donald Trump's transition team says the incoming president is planning to require officials to pledge that they won't lobby the government for five years after leaving the Trump administration. Transition spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will require new government officials to terminate their role as either state or federal lobbyists before joining the administration.

Perdue names leadership in acting roles as USDA reorganization takes shape

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017 . In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a realignment of several mission areas.

GOP leaders to Dem Gov.-elect Justice: Let us help you

Republicans who will hold a rare majority of West Virginia's six statewide offices are already banding together to try to influence yet another Democratic governor and a GOP-controlled Legislature. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was the lone Republican on the six-member Board of Public Works after he was elected in 2012.

Rain delays Australia wheat harvest, could dampen exports

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Nov 10 Rain is delaying the wheat harvest in parts of Australia, threatening to disrupt deliveries from the world's No.4 exporter of the grain to key markets such as India and Indonesia. Expecting a near-record crop of close to 30 million tonnes, exporters had sold new-crop wheat for shipment in November and December.

EDITORIAL: Republican tolerance of Sid Miller is evidence of declining American values

For all those voters out there confident in their decisions as they stroll into local polling places, we offer no further evidence of how mistaken many of these same voters have been in the past than Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. It's easy for some Republicans to laugh him off as GOP comedy relief, but a lot of folks in the agricultural industry haven't been laughing since GOP primary voters in 2014 bypassed two eminently qualified Republican candidates and instead chose this rodeo cowboy to oversee our state's farming and ranching sectors.

Officials survey crop damages

Hurricane Matthew might have been the death knell for many Eastern North Carolina farmers, according to federal officials touring devastated farms Thursday in Edgecombe County. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, said many farmers were already operating at a margin when the storm blew into town in early October.

Massive Oklahoma manhunt ends with fugitive suspect dead

A western Oklahoma county sheriff says the manhunt is over for Michael Dale Vance Jr., a suspect in a string of violent crimes. A massive, weeklong manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes, including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of three law enforcement officers and multiple carjackings, has ended in a police chase and... Authorities say investigators found three people shot to death outside a rural home in central Kansas, and an unharmed 18-month-old child was found inside.

Magistrate hears arguments in beef checkoff lawsuit

The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America - or R-CALF USA - filed a lawsuit this spring questioning the fact that half of the $1-per-head "beef checkoff" fee is given to the privately incorporated Montana Beef Council. R-CALF argues that its producers are being forced to subsidize the council's promotions, which do not distinguish between domestic and foreign beef.

Central PA Food Bank

The Bethesda Mission serves hundreds of the city's hungry and homeless every day, and being a Christian-based ministry, faith is the critical part of its purpose. "We don't force our faith on anybody, but we do expect anybody who's here is going to show a bit of respect to us and we're going to respect them, that's for sure," executive director Chuck Wingate said.