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  • Democrats Ban White Farmers From Federal COVID Relief Program

    03/19/2021 8:25:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 19, 2021 | Kat Gammack
    This provision Democrats specifically wrote into the American Rescue Plan pushes a blurred vision of ‘social equity’ by providing relief for farmers based on the color of their skin. Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The bill, comprised of $1.9 trillion in the name of “COVID relief,” received no support from Republicans in the House or Senate, and it’s not hard to see why. The legislation includes carveouts for dozens of leftist priorities, including a bridge in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s New York and a tunnel in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Silicon...
  • Fresno County Woman Arrested for over $790,000 in Crop Insurance Fraud

    03/15/2021 1:50:54 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    justice.gov ^ | March 10, 2021 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California
    FRESNO, Calif. — On March 10, 2021, Jatinderieet “Jyoti” Sihota, 34, of Selma, was arrested on a federal indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud for the submission of over $790,000 in fraudulent crop insurance claims, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. The indictment was unsealed today following her arrest.According to court records, from at least November 2013 through September 2016, Sihota controlled her family’s farms in Fresno and Tulare Counties that produced table grapes, plums, and other crops. The crops were sold through fruit brokers in California’s Central Valley to supermarket chains and...
  • Why is the Army regulating farms?

    03/13/2021 6:45:00 AM PST · by Twotone · 40 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | March 10, 2021 | Brittany Hunter
    Jack LaPant didn’t come from a farming family and had no personal knowledge of agriculture. But once he switched careers in his early 20s and bought a ranch in a remote area of Northern California, farming became his life and his livelihood. He never expected this decision would lead to his being targeted by the U.S. Army over an environmental law they had no authority to enforce. Yet, after 47 years in the industry, Jack found himself in an eight-year legal battle in which he suffered losses of upward of $1.2 million. As a young man, Jack worked for Pacific...
  • Panhandle man contracts disease associated with livestock - Q Fever

    06/30/2005 10:41:23 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 11 replies · 509+ views
    KLTV - East Texas ^ | June 30, 2005 | Amarillo Globe-News
    AMARILLO, Texas State health officials are looking into how a Panhandle man contracted a rare bacterial disease typically tied to the livestock industry. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the Moore County man doesn't work around livestock or in a laboratory or slaughterhouse. Department veterinarian James Alexander also says the man isn't a veterinarian. He says it's possible the man might have caught the disease from contaminated soil. Alexander says the disease can spread from animals to humans. The patient says he has a friend with livestock but that he had no contact with the animals. Common symptoms...
  • Plague of bioweapons accidents afflicts the US

    07/08/2007 11:54:53 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 409+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 05 July 2007 | Debora MacKenzie
    Deadly germs may be more likely to be spread due to a biodefence lab accident than a biological attack by terrorists. Plague, anthrax, Rocky Mountain spotted fever - these are among the bioweapons some experts fear could be used in a germ warfare attack against the US. But the public has had near-misses with those diseases and others over the past five years, ironically because of accidents in labs that were working to defend against bioterrorists. Even worse, they may be only the tip of an iceberg. The revelations come from Ed Hammond of the Sunshine Project, a biosafety pressure...
  • USDA Freezes $2.3 Billion Supplemental CFAP

    01/28/2021 6:36:49 AM PST · by sockmonkey · 7 replies
    Farm Journal/AgWeb ^ | January 27, 2021 | John Herath
    USDA late Wednesday posted notice that $2.3 billion in supplemental Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments will be temporarily frozen.“In accordance with the White House memo, Regulatory Freeze Pending Review, USDA has suspended the processing and payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - Additional Assistance and has halted implementation until further notice. FSA local offices will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period,” said a notice on the USDA CFAP page.“In the coming days, USDA and the Biden Administration intend to take additional steps to bring relief and support to all parts of food and agriculture during the...
  • How soon will the Left eat their own?

    01/19/2021 4:38:22 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Jon Rappoport ^ | January 18, 2021 | Jon Rappoport
    Hey. I’m always here to offer advice to the Left, to make their road smoother, to point them in the direction of fellow travelers they should cancel for deficiencies of “wokeness.” Let’s start with the issue of GMOs, poisonous Roundup, and Monsanto (now swallowed up by Bayer). Joe Biden is going to appoint Mr. Monsanto, Tom Vilsack, as his Secretary of Agriculture. Tommy boy held that post under Obama. The Organic Consumers Association writes [1] (see also [2], [3], [4]): “If, like us, you dream of an organic, regenerative food system led by independent family farmers, then news that Joe...
  • 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...
  • Massie: Secretary Purdue needs to be honest with President Trump!

    05/09/2020 12:40:14 PM PDT · by RandFan · 17 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9th May 2020 | Thomas Massie
    @realDonaldTrumpStarting early next week, at my order, the USA will be purchasing, from our Farmers, Ranchers & Specialty Crop Growers, 3 Billion Dollars worth of Dairy, Meat & Produce for Food Lines & Kitchens. “FARMERS TO FAMILY FOOD BOX” Great news for all! @SecretarySonny @ZippyDuvall --- @RepThomasMassieThat’s great, but lots more people will be at the soup kitchens and food pantries if @SecretarySonny doesn’t start honestly explaining problems with our meat supply to @realDonaldTrump It’s been monopolized by Chinese and Brazilian companies, while USDA chokes USA competition. -- Looks like Rep. Massie doesn't think this will help and it will...
  • US meat supply riddled with feces, doctors claim ... bid to wipe fecal matter from our food

    11/14/2019 4:47:54 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 22, 2019 | Mia De Graaf Health Editor for dailymail.com and dailymail.com Reporter
    Complete title: US meat supply is riddled with feces, doctors claim in a lawsuit against the government in a bid to wipe fecal matter from our food The government maintains a 'zero tolerance' policy on feces in food The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says that only applies to 'visible' fecal matter They filed a lawsuit against the USDA on Tuesday calling for tighter regulations  The US meat supply is riddled with fecal matter, a new lawsuit against the government claims. While the government maintains a 'zero tolerance' policy on feces in food, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says...
  • Trump Prepares 2019 Food Stamp Change – Directly Affects Welfare Slugs In 43 States

    09/18/2019 8:04:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 50 replies
    dynamitecandy.com ^ | Sept 18, 2019 | admin
    Democrats thought Donald was done – he’s just getting started! Thanks to President Trump, the U.S. economy is on fire like never before. Jobs are coming back and wages are on the rise. Companies are competing to keep Americans workers. In fact, there are more open jobs than people looking for work! But as good as things are, Trump wants them even better. The economy can only thrive when people are jumping in and getting back to work. But there’s one program that keeps people poor and out of the workforce. A program that also costs the taxpayers billions a...
  • 6.2 Million Individuals Off Food Stamps Under Trump

    09/08/2019 2:47:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president. Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history....
  • USDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency

    08/09/2019 4:21:22 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/09/19 | Rebecca Beitsch
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reversed course late Friday, agreeing to key union demands as nearly two-thirds of its research staff will leave the agency rather than move to new headquarters in the Kansas City area. The announcement follows a tumultuous few weeks at the USDA where employees were given a month to decide if they would uproot from D.C. by Sept. 30 or lose their jobs that same day. Employees at both the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) — two of the major research wings within USDA — unionized in...
  • JW uncovers more Comey corruption [Weekly Update]

    08/02/2019 4:20:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 2, 2019 | Tom Fitton
    FBI Documents Detail That Comey Had Trump FBI Docs At His Home! Judicial Watch Goes To Court on FBI Stonewall and Cover-Up U.S. Wastes $907 Million Tax Dollars on Useless “Nutrition Education” FBI Documents Detail That Comey Had Trump FBI Docs At His Home! As the Justice Department reportedly takes a step to give James Comey a pass for illegal activity, Judicial Watch is uncovering the details of these crimes. We received six pages of records from the FBI showing that in June 2017, a month after Comey was fired by President Donald Trump, FBI agents visited his home...
  • White House proposed new rule will cut 3.1M people from food stamp program

    07/23/2019 8:46:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 60 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 23, 2019 | Victor Rantala
    According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, the Trump administration will propose a rule Tuesday to reduce unwarranted access to food stamps, removing 3.1 million from the program and saving taxpayers $2.5 billion. President Trump has argued that many Americans now using SNAP are not in need, given the strong economy and low unemployment. Recommended changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets. The goal is to end automatic eligibility for those already collecting other federal and state assistance. According to Reuters, the residents of 43...
  • Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area

    07/15/2019 5:11:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 172 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/15/19 | Rebecca Beitsch
    A Trump administration decision to move researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Kansas City area is threatening to spark the flight of more than half of the staff selected to move, gutting the agency of its top scientific voices. Staff have until midnight Monday to decide whether to uproot and join the department as it moves its research branches from Washington, D.C., lured by $26 million in promised incentives from state and local officials. Critics see the move, set to be completed by Sept. 30, as yet another example of the Trump administration looking to sideline...
  • USDA Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation and Trade Disruption

    05/23/2019 5:25:06 PM PDT · by DakotaGator · 27 replies
    U.S. Department of Agriculture ^ | 05/23/2019 | USDA Press
    (Washington, D.C., May 23, 2019) – 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. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy to support American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Specifically, the President has authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs, which is in line with...
  • USDA staffers quit en masse as Trump administration eyes moving offices out of DC

    05/23/2019 3:00:27 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 145 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/23/2019 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are quitting at a rapid clip as Secretary Sonny Perdue prepares to move forward with plans to relocate two offices far outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway. Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan, announced last August, to move the majority of their staff from current offices in the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers. “This move does not serve a public purpose,” Peter Winch, a...
  • Record slow planting puts 2019 crop at risk

    05/21/2019 7:02:14 PM PDT · by Western Phil · 78 replies
    Farm Futures (Farm Progress Daily) ^ | May 21, 2019 | Bryce Knorr
    A cold, wet spring that caused record slow corn planting has the 2019 crop squarely behind the 8-ball. To recover lost potential, production must run the table with near-perfect conditions the rest of the growing season. Otherwise, a smaller crop could wipe out much of the surplus USDA forecasts for the coming year. While the slow start doesn’t doom the crop, the unusual political and economic environment of 2019 could make recovery more difficult than in other years with major delays. Related: USDA crop progress: Corn fails to reach the halfway mark USDA reported only 49% of the crop planted...
  • Government scientists fed cat and dog parts to cats in sick experiments: report

    03/19/2019 7:14:20 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 19 Mar 2019 | Ruth Brown
    The US Department of Agriculture bought dozens of cats from Chinese meat markets, butchered the felines — and then fed their parts to healthy kittens at a Maryland lab for twisted experiments, according to a disturbing new watchdog report. The experiments, which took place as recently as 2015, were aimed at studying toxoplasmosis, a common parasitic infection that causes food-borne illness.