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  • White People Own 98 Percent of Rural Land. Young Black Farmers Want to Reclaim Their Share.

    06/29/2020 3:56:01 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 215 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 27, 2020 | Tom Philpott
    Innovations by Black farmers remain at the core of sustainable agriculture today. Black people have largely been expelled from the US agricultural landscape. In 1920, nearly a million Black farmers worked on 41.4 million acres of land, making up a seventh of farm owners. Today, only about 49,000 of them remain, making up just 1.4 percent of the nation’s farm owners, and tending a scant 4.7 million acres—a nearly 90 percent loss. This didn’t happen by accident. Since Emancipation, Black farmers have had to fight for a share of this country’s fertile ground, due to a history of racist policies...
  • Coronavirus spreads among fruit and vegetable packers, worrying U.S. officials

    06/11/2020 4:27:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2020 | by Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke, Christopher Walljasper
    NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO - From apple packing houses in Washington state to farm workers in Florida and a California county known as “the world’s salad bowl,” outbreaks of the novel coronavirus are emerging at U.S. fruit and vegetable farms and packing plants. A rising number of sick farm and packing house workers comes after thousands of meat plant employees contracted the virus and could lead to more labor shortages and a fresh wave of disruption to U.S. food production. The Trump administration said last month it may extend an executive order to keep meat plants operating to fruit and vegetable...
  • Corn prices keep slumping, and farmers keep planting more

    05/27/2020 7:53:27 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 10 replies
    StarTribune ^ | May 22, 2020 | Adam Belz
    Corn farmers are throwing another government-backed Hail Mary this year, planting more of the crop than in 2019 even though prices are near the bottom of a six-year slump. “They call it plant and pray,” said Al Kluis, a commodities broker in Wayzata. “What you want is a disaster in some other part of the Corn Belt or some other country.” Favorable weather in April helped most Minnesota farmers get corn in the ground faster than last year, when a wet spring kept them out of some fields until June and some cornfields were never planted. But despite all those...
  • Farmers Will Soon Be Able to Start Applying for Stimulus Funds Alex Robinson

    05/25/2020 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | May 20, 2020 | Alex Robinson
    After the long weekend, farmers will be able to start applying for some much needed financial relief. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and USDA chief Sonny Perdue released the details of a previously announced $16-billion aid program for farmers and ranchers. Starting May 26, farmers will be able to apply for up to $250,000 in direct payments through the fund called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). To qualify for the program, farmers must have suffered a price loss of at least 5 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and must have significant additional marketing costs. Farmers can sign up...
  • Most Farmers in the Great Plains Don’t Grow Fruits and Vegetables. The Pandemic is Changing That.

    05/15/2020 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 47 replies
    Civil Eats ^ | 5-12-2020 | Daphne Miller
    On a recent Thursday, a group of farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska hosted a remote agriculture happy hour. There were a few dozen attendees, and nearly everyone was wearing a cowboy hat. In total, they farm more than 30,000 acres of cropland, most of it planted in soy, corn, or cotton destined for the global commodity market. The happy hour started with presentations about integrating livestock into cropping systems, but then things took a surprising turn: farmers began to discuss how they are feeding their families and communities. “Normally, between me and the consumer there is a gigantic divide...
  • How And Why America’s Food System Is Cracking

    05/14/2020 6:36:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    Before government shut the nation down, Americans ate half their meals outside home. The farmers who served restaurants and cafeterias are dumping meat, veggies, and milk. And it's going to get worse. America’s food system is cracking.People are still eating, farmers are still farming, and grocery stores are still open, but in areas around the country, shoppers looking for meat, milk, and other products find empty shelves and limits on what they can purchase — all while farmers from coast to coast are forced to dump milk, plow up vegetables, and euthanize livestock. So what’s happening, and why?There isn’t a...
  • Family grieves a farm fatality — while facing a $12,000 MIOSHA fine

    05/08/2020 6:15:22 PM PDT · by madison10 · 20 replies
    Michigan Farm News ^ | May 1, 2020 | Mitch Galloway
    /asset/blt2ede022e4df29bd3/MFN-New Logo-white.svg Crops Livestock Politics Technology From The Field search An official publication of Michigan Farm Bureau Family grieves a farm fatality — while facing a $12,000 MIOSHA fine Mitch Galloway, Michigan Farm News Michigan Farm News A third-generation, 1,400-acre corn-and-soybean farm, EGA Inc. (pictured) is appealing a $12,000 fine from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. | Courtesy photo May 1, 2020 It happened quickly — when Zell Eisenmann was away from the farm. A simple job, really: A loose piece of roofing needed to be repaired, and Zell’s brother would do it. Like he’d done a hundred...
  • ‘Trump is ruining our markets’: Struggling farmers are losing a huge customer to the trade war — China (August 2019)

    04/27/2020 6:45:26 AM PDT · by McGruff · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | Aug 13 2019 | Emma Newburger
    U.S. farmers lost one of their biggest customers after China officially cancelled all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a retaliatory move following President Donald Trump’s pledge to slap 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports. China’s exit piles on to a devastating year for farmers, who have struggled through record flooding and an extreme heat wave that destroyed crop yields, and trade war escalations that have lowered prices and profits this year. “It’s really, really getting bad out here,” said Bob Kuylen, who’s farmed for 35 years in North Dakota. “Trump is ruining our markets. No one is buying...
  • Weekly Garden Thread April 25- May 1, 2020

    04/25/2020 6:49:47 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 155 replies
    April 25, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • ‘Our Children Will Starve’ Say Pakistan Farmers as Locusts Breed

    03/18/2020 10:03:10 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 73 replies
    Liberal Yahoo - [Bloomberg] ^ | March 17, 2020 | Ismail Dilawar
    Bloomberg so link only - just in case
  • Hillary and Chelsea Clinton writing children's book about gardening

    03/02/2020 11:43:27 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 02 2020 | Judy Kurtz
    Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are giving their writing hands — and green thumbs — a workout, penning their first children's book together about gardening. The pair revealed details of their forthcoming book, "Grandma's Gardens," on Monday. The picture book is inspired by the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee's mother, Dorothy Rodham, and her love of gardening. Rodham, the book's publisher says, taught the Clintons that gardens are "magical places to learn, exciting spaces for discovery, quiet spots to spend time with family and beautiful areas to share stories and celebrate special occasions." SNIP
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 29-March 6, 2020

    02/29/2020 7:27:28 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 107 replies
    February 29, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 8-14, 2020

    02/08/2020 7:01:00 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 80 replies
    February 8, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 22-29, 2020

    02/22/2020 8:47:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 40 replies
    February 22, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Krytyka Polityczna (Poland): It's time to introduce a tax on meat

    02/21/2020 1:07:37 AM PST · by NorseViking · 18 replies
    Krytyka Polityczna ^ | February 20, 2020 | Sylwia Spurek
    For several days the press sounded the alarm due to the fact that MEPs from the "Green" and "Progressive Alliance of socialists and Democrats" want to raise the price of meat, and thereby to allegedly deprive people of access to this product and to destroy agriculture. Giving up meat or limitation of consumption is regarded as an attack on tradition. Is it possible to get rid of meat? The topic is important and complex, so we should explain what is behind the idea to raise taxes on beef cattle, and why we need to think to do it for a...
  • Ignorant and Arrogant Bloomberg Insults Farmers

    02/17/2020 2:20:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 17, 2020 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Bloomberg, all the stuff that’s being discovered about Bloomberg. Folks, this myth that billionaires are brilliant. They may be at one or two things, but they are not massive, triumphant examples of a brilliant IQ. This guy says some of the stupidest stuff and has said some of the stupidest stuff and done some of the stupidest stuff over the course of his political and business career that you can imagine, and it’s all been kept under the radar. Now it’s starting to surface. Ignorant and Arrogant Bloomberg Insults Farmers Feb 17, 2020 RUSH: Bloomberg, all the stuff that’s...
  • WHOA: These old comments by Michael Bloomberg on farming should END his campaign

    02/16/2020 7:55:17 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 86 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 02/16/2020 | Greg P
    It appears former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also an expert on farming. As he tell it, anyone can do it as you just dig a hole, put a seed in, add some dirty and water and BAM — corn grows. Have a watch:
  • Fresh Fun for All the Pennsylvania Farm Show

    02/04/2020 4:58:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2020 | Salena Zito
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- The first time Mee Cee Baker went to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, she was a 12-year-old 4-H member whose pig got loose during the market show and took off into the center of the massive complex. A chaotic scene emerged as the frightened animal ran haphazardly among the large equipment, tractors and people. Everyone in attendance, at least in Baker's 12-year-old eyes, seemingly chased it down or ran away. The next year, Baker, who later worked in education and outreach in former Gov. Ed Rendell's state agriculture department, said she found herself traumatized again but in a...
  • Waking up on climate change: Farm yields keep shattering records

    01/17/2020 5:57:01 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 22 replies
    Cfact.org ^ | 1/3/20 | James Taylor
    U.S. and global crop production continue to set new records, even as climate activists ramp up a campaign to convince people that climate change is decimating crop production and forcing farmers out of business. A prominent propaganda campaign is being presented by Politico. Politico in October published an article titled, “‘I’m standing right here in the middle of climate change’: How USDA is failing farmers.” On December 9, Politico followed up with an article titled, “How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change.” The October article claimed “American farmers are reeling” from extreme weather caused by...
  • Wisconsin dairy farmers suffer massive blow thanks to Trump's trade war

    01/11/2020 5:54:01 PM PST · by Fawn · 116 replies
    americanindependent.com ^ | 1/10/2020 | Dan Desai Martin
    Wisconsin lost 818 dairies in 2019 as farmers across the country suffer from Donald Trump's trade war with China. The state of Wisconsin, famous for its cheese, lost 10% of its dairy farms in 2019, Dairy Herd Management reported on Thursday. The loss of 818 dairies was the largest decline in Wisconsin history. Trouble for dairy farmers started in 2018, when Donald Trump engaged in a protracted trade war with China. In retaliation for increased tariffs from the United States, China placed tariffs on a number of U.S. agricultural exports. As a result, exports of U.S. dairy to China dropped...