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  • Trump Sides With Farmers In Battle Against Refiners

    10/09/2018 4:17:49 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 84 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-10-2018 | Nick
    The Trump administration announced a major policy change in an effort to win back farm country, allowing the year-round sale of a higher concentration of ethanol. Coinciding with a campaign stop in Iowa, President Trump announced the lifting of the ban of E15 during summer months, a significant win for the corn and ethanol industries. Up until now, E15 cannot be sold during the summer because of smog concerns. Ethanol producers saw their share prices skyrocket on the news. The decision comes after roughly 18 months of damaging policies to the agricultural industry. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt became public...
  • Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

    10/07/2018 8:09:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 75 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Dec 6, 2017 | Debbie Weingarten
    snip Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, is a psychologist and one of the nation’s leading farmer behavioral health experts. He often answers phone calls from those in crisis. And for 40 years, he has worked to understand why farmers take their lives at such alarming rates – currently, higher rates than any other occupation in the United States. snip Last year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture – including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters – take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation. The...
  • Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts [New England]

    09/16/2018 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT | David Sharp
    There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard in Standish, Maine, said he’s never seen anything like it. “They’re eating the pumpkins. They’re eating the apples. They’re raising some hell this year. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said. Evidence of the squirrel population explosion is plain to see along New England’s highways, where the critters are becoming...
  • President Trump Tweets For White Farmers

    08/22/2018 7:56:06 PM PDT · by Architect of Avalon · 50 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8/22/2018 | @realDonaldTrump
    Donald J. Trump ‏ Verified account @realDonaldTrump I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from White farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
  • Media Silent as South Africa Seizes Land from White Farmers

    08/21/2018 4:03:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/20/2018
    The South African government has begun seizing land from white farmers, following an August 1 ruling which amended that nation’s constitution to legalize the practice. Despite the disturbing ramifications of this human rights abuse at the hands of a foreign government, both cable and network news have remained stubbornly silent on the issue. According to the Johannesburg-based City Press, the South African government has begun the process of expropriating two game farms based in Limpopo. The government reportedly put the plan into motion after the owners rejected offers by the state to purchase their land for as little as one-tenth...
  • South African Farmers Panic as Government Starts Seizing White Owned Land

    08/21/2018 3:10:28 PM PDT · by davikkm · 77 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    South Africa is walking the path of Zimbabwe, as its government has begun to literally steal white farmers’ land. The South African government calls this process “seizure”, yet it’s a confiscation by any metrics, because the farmers are not compensated for their loss. In recent weeks, ahead of planned land seizures by the feral black government, a lot of farmers tried to sell their lands, in a desperate move, yet there are no buyers, obviously, for even more obvious reasons. Since the current South African prez Cyril Ramaphosa assumed office and vowed that his party, the African National Congress(ANC is...
  • South Africa begins seizing white-owned farms

    08/20/2018 7:17:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 117 replies
    www.news.com.au ^ | August 20, 20187:19pm | Frank Chung
    THE South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties stalled. While the government says it intends to pay, owners Akkerland Boerdery wanted 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land — they’re being offered just 20 million rand ($1.87 million). “Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10am in order to...
  • Farmers Backed Trump But Suffer from His Trade War

    08/08/2018 8:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/08/2018 | Steven Hilding
    President Donald Trump is clearly concerned about the plight of American farmers. He pushed the Department of Agriculture to make available up to $12 billion of temporary relief to those farms caught in the middle of his tariff war – starting this Labor Day. It’s laudable that he wants to address this problem, but let’s remember that it was a problem of his own creation. America is a breadbasket to much of the world because of our exceptional farmland. We have about two-and-a-half times as much arable land as does China, for instance, with about the same landmass. That means...
  • China may have to resume U.S. soybean purchases in weeks: Oil World

    08/07/2018 1:47:49 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 7, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    In July, China imposed import tariffs on a list of U.S. goods, including soybeans, as part of the trade dispute with the United States. China is the world’s largest soybean importer and has been seeking alternative supplies, especially in South America, where supplies available for export are down. “China has to resume purchases of U.S. soybeans,” Oil World said in its latest newsletter. “The South American supply shortage will make it necessary for China, in our opinion, to import 15 million tonnes of U.S. soybeans in October 2018/March 2019, even if the current trade war is not resolved.” Chinese purchases...
  • Farmers Want a Hand-Up not a Hand-Out

    07/30/2018 3:28:23 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/30/18 | Dr. Sam Clovis
    America’s farmers don’t want charity. They want a partnership that will endure and a long-term investment that will truly make a difference I live in farm country. The northwest corner of Iowa is the “reddest” part of the state, having cast massive majority votes for the current president in most of the counties in this region. The economy is dominated by corn, soybeans, ethanol production and massive livestock operations focused on eggs, poultry, pork and beef. To thrive in this part of the state one has to be able to speak “agriculture” with all the boys at the local cafes...
  • Poll: Majority of Americans approve of Trump aid to farmers

    07/29/2018 10:13:10 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/29/18 | Max Greenwood
    More than half of Americans approve of President Trump's decision to send billions of dollars in aid to farmers affected by new retaliatory tariffs, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday. Fifty-six percent of respondents said that they support the plan, including three-quarters of Republicans and a third of Democrats, according to the survey, which was conducted from July 26-28. The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would send as much as $12 billion in emergency relief to farmers affected by recent retaliatory tariffs implemented as part of an ongoing trade war. Trump has faced criticism for imposing...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) tells [media]... Trump..."is becoming...like a Soviet-type of economy..."

    07/24/2018 12:15:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 86 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/24/18 | Alex Bolton, "journalist" for The sHill
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) tells @burgessev and me outside GOP lunch that $12 billion in trade assistance to farmers from Trump administration "this is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy here" with "commissars" sprinkling around benefits.
  • Trump tapping $12B to help farmers affected by tariffs

    07/24/2018 12:01:08 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 82 replies
    wral.com ^ | July 24, 2018 | KEN THOMAS and PAUL WISEMANl, AP
    WASHINGTON — The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China and other trading partners. The plan focuses on Midwest soybean producers and others targeted by retaliatory measures. The Agriculture Department said the proposal would include direct assistance for farmers, purchases of excess crops and trade promotion activities aimed at building new export markets. Officials said the plan would not require congressional approval and would come through the Commodity Credit Corporation, a wing of the department that addresses agricultural prices. "This is a short-term solution that...
  • Dust Bowl Economics: Trump wants taxpayers to bail out farmers hurt by his trade war.

    07/12/2018 4:59:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 155 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2018
    When pork prices collapsed amid a global trade war during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration in 1933 had an idea—slaughter six million piglets. Put a floor under prices by destroying supply. It didn’t work. Now the Trump Administration may try its own version of Depressionomics by using the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to support crop prices walloped by the Trump tariffs: Hurt farmers and then put them on the government dole. How about not hurting them in the first place? That’s the question as Mr. Trump escalates his trade war, on Wednesday proposing 10% tariffs on $200 billion in...
  • Gay farmers go naked to help raise awareness of mental health

    07/11/2018 5:10:02 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 53 replies
    ABC ^ | 10th July 2018 | Nathan Morris
    When The Naked Farmer came to town looking for people to get their kit off for a good cause, dairy farmer Kerry Wilson was approached to take part. He and his partner Paul Wilson agreed, though Kerry had reservations about not having the right body type. "Gee whiz, I'm 56. Does it matter?" Kerry asked. It didn't. The cause, which raises awareness about the mental health of Australian farmers, hit a personal chord with the couple. Kerry and Paul are fifth-generation farmers who live and work together near Nimbin in the northern rivers of New South Wales. "You carry a...
  • Trade Fight Threatens Farm Belt Businesses

    07/02/2018 6:26:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 2, 2018 | Jesse Newman
    The U.S. Farm Belt helped deliver Donald Trump to the White House, drawn to his promises to revive rural America and deregulate industry. Now, the president’s global trade offensive is threatening the livelihoods of many farmers. Mounting trade disputes, spurred by U.S. threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods from key trading partners, have cut U.S. agricultural exports and sent commodity prices tumbling. Many farmers, who depend on shipments overseas for one-fifth of the goods they produce, say they are anxious, especially because they are already expecting bumper...
  • Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers

    06/27/2018 1:14:02 AM PDT · by gattaca · 42 replies
    CBS Money Watch ^ | June 26, 2018 | Irana Ivanova
    "Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago." That's how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today. The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The suicide rate in the field of farming, fishing and forestry is 84.5...
  • Australia ‘Looking Into’ Specific Cases Of Persecution Against South African Farmers

    04/03/2018 9:47:30 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-3-2018 | Simon Kents
    Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says it’s “unquestionable” some white South African farmers are being persecuted and his department is looking into specific cases. Mr. Dutton also told Sky News Australia that no one in the government has retracted his offer to help white South African farmers who are eligible to be resettled under Australia’s refugee program, despite the South African government claiming Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had done so. On the contrary, he maintains that his department is “looking into” specific cases and Australia will do what it can for people in “desperate” situations. Mr. Dutton’s comments follow...
  • South Africa criticises Australian plan to fast-track white farmer visas

    03/16/2018 10:41:43 AM PDT · by detective · 188 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/14/3018 | Simon Allison
    South Africa has criticized Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s offer to fast-track the visas of its white African farmers, saying his comments on the supposed threat to their lives and land were “sad” and “regrettable”. A spokesperson for international relations minister Lindiwe Sisulu, said: “There is no need to fear … we want to say to the world that we are engaged in a process of land redistribution which is very important to address the imbalances of the past. But it is going to be done legally, and with due consideration of the economic impact and impact on individuals.”
  • Trade War Prospect Shakes Part of Trump Base: Midwest Farmers

    03/10/2018 12:27:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 10, 2018 | MONICA DAVEY and PATRICIA COHEN
    MAPLE PARK, Ill. — Snow and sleet were falling on Eldon Gould’s 500 acres this week, but he was already looking ahead to planting season; depending on ground conditions and the temperature, that could be just several weeks away. But now the prospect of steel and aluminum tariffs was adding to the list of worries and uncertainties that come with every corn and soybean season. “It’s the retaliation risk,” Mr. Gould said from his kitchen table in Maple Park, in a region of northern Illinois where farmland runs on for miles. “The world’s already awash in grain,” Mr. Gould said,...