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Farmers already at higher risk of suicide face pressure from tariffs

MPR news | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

After several tough years of prices near or below break even, the economics of the farm sector may soon get worse because of international tariffs.  China, the largest buyer of U.S. soybeans, and Mexico, the largest importer of U.S. pork, are threatening tariffs that would likely choke off demand for those farm products and drop prices further.  Worth said it's another unknown farmers face, and another stressor.  "We got people who are fifth- or sixth-generation farmers who may lose the farm. They are thinking they let their ancestors down," he said.

Recent Right to Farm Decisions Around the US

Texas Agriculture Law Blog | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

There have been several court decisions lately across the country related to states’ Right to Farm statutes.  These cases provide good examples of the types of claims that can arise against a farm operation and also illustrate the differences between each state’s Right to Farm Act.

Solar Has Overtaken Gas and Wind as Biggest Source of New U.S. Power

Bloomberg | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Energy News

Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, up 13 percent from a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. That accounted for 55 percent of all new generation, with solar panels beating new wind and natural gas turbines for a second straight quarter.

As biomass energy gains traction, southern US forests feel the burn

Mongabay | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Rural News

An estimated 50 to 80 percent of southern wetland forest is now gone, and that which remains provides ecosystem services totaling $500 billion as well as important wildlife habitat. Logging is considered one of the biggest threats to the 35 million acres of remaining wetland forest in the southern U.S., and conservation organizations are saying this threat is coming largely from the wood pellet biomass industry.

Germany's Bayer closes $63 billion Monsanto takeover, plans to drop US company's name

CNN | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

German conglomerate Bayer on closed its $63 billion merger with St. Louis-based agribusiness giant Monsanto.  The closing sets the stage for the 117-year-old agribusiness brand name "Monsanto" to be dropped by Bayer.

Rural America has too few dentists — and too few patients who can pay

The Washington Post | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Rural News

About 43 percent of rural Americans lack access to dental care, according to the National Rural Health Association, and West Virginia, among the poorest and most rural states, is at the center of the crisis. All but six of the state’s 55 counties include federally designated “Health Professional Shortage Areas,” “Medically Underserved Areas” or both.

Carbon farming works. Can it scale up in time?

Civil eats | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

Over the last two years, the Estills have started checking off items from a long list of potential changes recommended in a thorough carbon plan they created in 2016 with the help of the Fibershed project and Jeffrey Creque, founder of the Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI). The plan lists steps the ranchers can take to create carbon sinks on their property.

Dairy farms find a lifeline: beer

The New York Times | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in News

“We’re at a historic low nationwide in terms of farmers getting money for their milk,” said Sean DuBois, who works in the family business. Prices have cratered, driven by high supply and falling demand. For Carter & Stevens, staying solvent required creative thinking. “To succeed today as a dairy farm, you need to diversify,” Mr. DuBois said. “We found our passion for craft beer.”  The farm opened Stone Cow Brewery in 2016, making beers like the Roll in the Hay I.P.A., which sells for $7 a pint at its taproom.

A stampede of meatless products overrun grocery store meat cases

The Wall Street Journal | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Food News

The “Beyond Meat” patties that offended Mr. Kendig were made with pea protein, canola oil, coconut oil, potato starch and “natural flavor.” They’re part of a posse of look-alikes invading meat country—from plant-based burgers that ooze “blood” at first bite to chicken strips grown in a tank from poultry cells.

Trump's Canadian dairy program

DTN | Posted onJune 12, 2018 in Agriculture News

President Donald Trump's tirade on Twitter over the weekend aimed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has elevated dairy trade between the two countries to the top political issue in Canada.Dairy was once considered a lower-rung issue in the North American Free Trade Agreement talks, but President Trump tied high Canadian dairy tariffs to his own push for steel and aluminum tariffs. The U.S. held a dairy trade surplus with Canada in 2017 that ran anywhere from $113 million to $521 million, depending on the math of different agencies and trade associations. Canada and the U.S.