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Archive for Month: November 2017


The fruit that broke the relief package?

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY 11/30/2017 10:00 AM EST With Jenny Hopkinson, Helena Bottemiller Evich, Megan Cassella and Sabrina Rodriguez THE FRUIT THAT BROKE THE RELIEF PACKAGE? As Congress mulls the next influx of cash for hurricane- and wildfire-affected areas, Florida lawmakers are doing everything they can to make sure the state’s storied citrus […]


Make COOL mandatory

Public Justice, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Fund, Food & Water Watch, and Farm Aid have delivered the signatures of 37,299 Americans – demanding that the Commerce Department and the Trump Administration more generally follow through on the campaign promise to create a level playing field for independent domestic meat producers through […]


American Farm Towns, With Changing Priorities, Reject Industrial Agriculture

By Jacob Bunge| Photographs by Nick Schnelle for The Wall Street Journal  Updated Nov. 29, 2017 10:49 p.m. ET Meatpackers, including Tyson Foods and its chicken processing, struggle to win support for new plants TONGANOXIE, Kan.—Rural Americans are turning their backs on the industry that made the U.S. the biggest meat-exporting […]


AGRICULTURE: Push to Protect Prairies Hits Headwinds on Great Plains — Greenwire

Source: Greenwire (29 Nov 2017) Author: Marc Heller (Article Summarized by Meridian Institute) This article reports on the interplay between conservationists who want to see farmers who plant on native prairie pay more for crop insurance, and those who believe such measures trample on farmers’ rights. The issue is likely to come […]


USDA Helps Rural Communities Restore Water Systems Damaged by Disasters

Release No. 0158.17 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the award of two grants to help rural water and sewer utilities recover from recent and future natural disasters. “USDA is a strong partner in the long-term recovery of rural communities after a season of devastating hurricanes,” Perdue said. “These grants […]