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The States’ Rights Elimination Act

With House and Senate Agriculture committee members beginning the elaborate process of assembling the next Farm Bill, we expect another protracted fight in Congress over states’ rights and animal welfare. However, a new bill introduced this week—H.R. Show More Summary

Program aids beginning and retired farmers

A federal program created by the 2008 Farm Bill is a win-win for retired and retiring landowners, and beginning, socially-disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers. Center for Rural Affairs staff members recently conducted a report...Show More Summary

South Dakota drought could affect pheasant population

Continued drought-like conditions in South Dakota could dampen the high hopes many people had for the pheasant population earlier this spring when the nesting period began. Emmett Lenihan, farm bill … Click to Continue »

Weekend reading: budgetary effects on the farm bill and rural America

When the Administration’s released its “America First” budget, Senator Debbie Stabenow (Dem-MI) issued two Infographics The first is on effects on the 2018 farm bill.    The second is how the proposed budget will affect rural America. Stabenow is the ranking member of the Senate Agricultural Committee. Her Infographics are easy to read and worth a look. […]

Advocates slam bill watering down hiring standards: 'CBP needs more, not less, accountability'

More than 50 groups, including African American Ministers in Action, Church World Service, the National Council of La Raza, the National Immigration Law Center, and United Farm Workers penned a letter urging House members to vote against...Show More Summary

TBS Censors "Back to the Future" By Removing Reference to "Terrorists"

Admitting terrorism exists, even in a fictional sci-fi universe, is #LettingTheTerroristsWin. Speaking of censorship, HBO will edit Bill Maher's bizarre use of the n-word (apparently, if you say "fields" in a farming context to Maher, he immediately thinks of the...

This Refugee Camp In The Jordanian Desert Now Has Its Own Solar Farm

The 20,000 person Azraq camp was spending huge amounts of its aid funding on electric bills and only had sporadic power. With a new two-megawatt solar plant, the camp’s residents have all the power they need. When the temperature soared...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Close to Naming a Right-Wing Talk Show Host to One of the Country's Top Science Posts

Sam Clovis is an admitted climate denialist with no credentials of which to speak. The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s...Show More Summary

Crop insurance subsidies should be capped

By Bill Furlong and Mark Leonard, printed in The Des Moines Register Crop insurance is the current cornerstone of federal support for farms. As farmers and crop insurance customers, we support a strong farm safety net. But we also believe...Show More Summary

Talk radio host to become USDA's "top scientist"

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You can't make this stuff up. At least I couldn't. Maybe Neil Gaiman can...The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief...Show More Summary

Trump Expected to Pick Former Business Professor to Serve as the USDA's 'Chief Scientist'

The United States Department of Agriculture’s research division studies matters such as nutrition, food distribution, and climate change, and, according to the 2008 Farm Bill, is meant to be helmed by a “chief scientist” chosen “from among distinguished scientists.” Read more...

BUSTED: Trump’s expected pick for top USDA scientist is not a scientist

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The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research,...

UPDATED: North Carolina GOP Scrambles to Save Pig Stink

UPDATE: 5/10/2017: The North Carolina House voted 74-40 to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill designed to protect hog farms from nuisance lawsuits. The bill now goes to the NC Senate. "Big Pork had a big day in the state house,...Show More Summary

Senate to consider looser fish farm regulations

The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would loosen fish farm regulations. The Republican measure is up for a vote Wednesday. Under the bill, fish farms … Click to Continue »

Good news for sustainable farmers?

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, my go-to source for keeping up with farm policy, says there is good news in the administration’s spending bill. You have to take wins where you find them. And now let’s see what this Congress does with the farm bill.

Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm

Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea.

How To Combat Both Wasted Food And Wasted Opportunities In The Next Farm Bill

Ready your tractors and plows—the farm bill is upon us. This omnibus package of legislation, reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, shapes virtually every aspect of our food and agricultural system. Yet this wide-ranging, $500 billion piece...Show More Summary

Cooper vetoes bill limiting N Carolina farm nuisance damages

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed legislation limiting certain monetary damages that neighbors of hog and poultry farm operations can collect if a court determines the stench from animal … Click to Continue »

Mena Suvari to Estonian Prime Minister: Ban Fur Farming Now

American Beauty star and Estonian-American Mena Suvari sent an urgent letter this morning to Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expressing her support for a bill introduced in February by... The post Mena Suvari to Estonian Prime Minister: Ban Fur Farming Now appeared first on PETA.

Democrats are proposing a bill to keep farm laborers from being deported.

To qualify for a "blue card," immigrants would have to work at least 100 days on farms each year.

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