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Egg farmers, animal welfare groups clash in Sonoma County

Peninsula Press | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Agriculture News

But ever since a May 2018 demonstration by Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, an animal welfare group founded less than 50 miles away in Berkeley, California, Weber is concerned about his safety as he moves through his daily routine. A parked car sits at the edge of the farm.  A drone flies overhead. Weber wonders if he and his brother are being watched, if DxE is preparing for an ambush. The protest began on a Spring day in 2018. Around 500 demonstrators led by DxE protested outside Weber’s farm.

Almond exports drop after more than a year of Chinese tariff hikes

Sacramento Business Journal | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Agriculture News

California tree nut growers were already feeling the effects of the U.S.-China trade war — and that was before a new round of tariffs was announced last week.

Immigrant families forgoing food, housing in fear of Trump's visa plan

Newsweek | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Rural News

Immigrants in the United States and their families are forgoing essential welfare benefits like public housing, food stamps and Medicare over fear of persecution, a new study has found. One in seven immigrants avoided public benefit programs in 2018 out of concern they would risk their future green card status, the Urban Institute found.Last week, President Donald Trump proposed changing the nation’s legal immigration system to limit green cards given to migrants who rely on welfare benefits or who are not financially independent.

USDA Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Trade Disruption

USDA | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Agriculture News

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. Specifically, the President has authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions.

USDA farms out economists whose work challenges Trump policies

Politico | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

The Agriculture Department is moving nearly all its researchers into the economic effects of climate change, trade policy and food stamps – subjects of controversial Trump administration initiatives – outside of Washington, part of what employees claim is a political crackdown on economists whose assessments have raised questions about the president’s policies.

USDA researchers quit in droves as Trump administration plans relocation

The Washington Post | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Federal News

A plan to move Agriculture Department researchers out of Washington has thrown two small but influential science agencies into upheaval. Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have quit in unusually large numbers since August, when Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced he would relocate the offices.

More than 600 people will be growing hemp this year in Michigan

Michigan Live | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Agriculture News

More than 600 people are getting involved in the hemp industry this year in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued 600 industrial hemp licenses to farmers during four day-long licensing events held at the end of April.Though industrial hemp is now legal in Michigan and the U.S., the federal government is still developing the rules for a national hemp program. Rather than wait until 2020 to start the industrial hemp industry in Michigan, officials decided to launch a pilot program using a provision in the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill.

Farmers eagerly await Trump’s trade aid plan but concern grows that it may disappoint

| Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Federal News

American farmers are eagerly awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest trade aid plan, but there are concerns that producers of corn and wheat could lose out with the package that could top $15 billion. “Details on the new trade mitigation program will be forthcoming shortly, but we want to be clear that the program is being designed to avoid skewing planting decisions one way or another,” USDA said.

Indiana utilities are in midst of identity crisis as customers take power into own hands

Indy Star | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Energy News

The changes came slowly, then seemingly all at once. Next door, your neighbor installed solar panels. You started seeing more and more electric vehicles. When you drove north on I-65, you hit a patch of farmland dotted with large windmills.

What are leaders doing for farmers: not much.

Daily Yonder | Posted onMay 23, 2019 in Agriculture News

From our perspective, every candidate needs to get out into rural agricultural areas and listen and learn. And while there are alternate policies preferred by different farmers and farm organizations, there is virtually no dissension on identifying the problem. At the same time, farmers from left, right, and center agree that the current low prices are disastrous. Some see echoes of the 1980s in the rising level of farm bankruptcies.