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SARL AgClips


Agclips for the week ending January 16, 2019

This Week's AgClips

Farmers are playing the long game with Trump, even as woes build up

Bloomberg | Posted on January 15, 2019 in Federal News

Donald Trump’s policies might be causing hiccups in the agriculture world, but the man himself is still enjoying the affections of his farming base. Speaking before the American Farm Bureau in New Orleans Monday, Trump drew applause and cheers as he lobbied for a border wall, while telling the audience that he’ll make it “easier” for migrants to work on farms. He also touted his administration’s approval of year-round sales of gasoline with higher ethanol content and said he’s making deals and regulatory changes that will benefit agriculture.

U.S., EU set conflicting goals for looming trade talks

Wall Street Journal | Posted on January 15, 2019 in News

The U.S. and European Union are staking out sharply different goals for coming trade negotiations, raising the prospect for renewed trans-Atlantic commercial tensions.The EU’s executive body will meet Tuesday to firm up the bloc’s parameters for talks expected to launch later this year.

Trump's tone-deaf appeal to farmers hurting from trade war: 'Greatest harvest is yet to come'

The Hill | Posted on January 15, 2019 in Federal News

President Trump today appealed to America’s family farmers and ranchers, promising great things to come for the men and women who provide food, fuel and fiber for our nation. “The greatest harvest is yet to come,” he said. Yet, the sentiment could not have come off more tone deaf from a man who’s trade tactics have depressed an already troubled farm economy, pushing many family farmers into significant financial stress and even more out of business. “Before I got here, it was heading south,” Trump said, referring to America’s ability to export agricultural products.

How a Local Bookstore Can Make Your Town Richer—In More Than One Way

Strong Towns | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Rural News

Recently, Commonwealth Magazine ran an article speculating on the economic role that independent bookstores play in our downtowns, particularly in small and mid-sized city neighborhoods.

EU OKs Poland’s wild boar slaughter to fight swine disease

AP News | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Rural News

The European Union’s executive body is supporting Poland’s slaughter of wild boars as a way of protecting farm pigs and meat production from the deadly African swine fever. The government’s decision to shoot some 200,000 wild boars this hunting season has drawn wide public protests but veterinary and Polish environment officials insist it’s an approved method.Massive boar hunts are planned for remaining weekends this month.

Urban Sheriffs Flee ICE Program as Small Counties Join Trump’s Deportation Push

Pew Trust | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Rural News

Activists in North Carolina’s two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, knocked on an estimated 12,000 doors last year to talk to voters about immigration and upcoming sheriff elections. Thanks in part to that push, Democratic sheriff candidates in both counties won in November on a pledge to end participation in 287(g), a program that allows county sheriffs to help federal authorities deport immigrants living in the United States without authorization.

Trump’s Shutdown Is a Sucker Punch for Struggling Farmers

The New York Times | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

Today President Trump will address the American Farm Bureau’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans. But any promises of help will be too late for many farmers. Had he set out to ruin America’s small farmers, he could hardly have come up with a more effective, potentially ruinous one-two combination punch than tariffs and the shutdown.The trade wars collapsed farmers’ markets. Now, with farmers down, he’s kicking them with a partial shutdown that has effectively slammed the door on farm payments, loans and more. It’s hurting rural Americans — those who formed a big part of the base of Mr.

Colorado could save $2.5B through 2040 by replacing coal with clean energy: report

Utility Dive | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Energy News

A new model of Colorado's energy mix shows consumers could save $250 million annually over a 10-year span if the state were to replace its coal plants with a mix of wind and solar, backed up by energy storage and natural gas.The report, commissioned by clean energy developer Community Energy and completed by Vibrant Clean Energy, also estimates the new resources would cut Colorado's state-wide annual carbon emissions from power generation by almost two-thirds.The analysis adds to a growing body of data showing Colorado consumers would save money by making a rapid shift away from coal, and e

Oil and ethanol industries renew hostilities over mandate

Washington Examiner | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Energy News

The oil and ethanol industries are eager to renew hostilities with each other over the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program and ethanol mandate, no matter that the government is closed. American Petroleum Institute CEO Mike Sommers kicked things off while presenting the first State of American Energy report he's published as head of the oil and natural gas industry's lead trade group.

Environmental groups pull out of Wolf Plan talks

Capital Press | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Agriculture, SARL Members and Alumni News

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is forging ahead with a long-overdue update of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, even as four environmental groups withdrew from mediation and announced they will oppose it. In a Jan. 4 letter to Gov.

Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm

The Washington Post | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Federal News

U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by the administration’s trade war.  JBS. one of the biggest meatpacking companies in the world, will sell 1.8 million pounds of pork products through a Trump bailout program that buys surplus commodities from farmers and ranchers, say records published by the Agricultural Marketing Service.

‘Lands We Share’ exhibit helps give farmers a voice

University of Wisconsin | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Agriculture News

There was a time when if you didn’t grow up on a farm, you at least knew a farmer. Times have changed. In 2018, Wisconsin lost 638 dairy farms – a 7.25 percent decline, according to the latest data from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. It’s the biggest decline since records started in 2004. “It’s a part of life that not many people get to live,” says Stephanie Kate Hoff. “I think it’s special.”She knows firsthand. The UW–Madison life sciences communication major grew up on a farm in Thorp, Wis., that raised pigs and beef cattle.

UK to resume shipments of beef, lamb to Japan

Meat & Poultry | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Agriculture News

After more than 20 years, trade officials in Japan announced the country reopened its borders to lamb and beef exports from the United Kingdom, which is estimated to be worth more than $146 million in the next five years. The ban was imposed in 1996, after bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in UK cattle. The agreement, effective Jan.

Nobody is moving our cheese

Edairy News | Posted on January 14, 2019 in Agriculture News

While Americans consumed nearly 37 pounds per capita in 2017, it was not enough to reduce the country’s 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The glut, which at 900,000 cubic yards is the largest in U.S. history, means that there is enough cheese sitting in cold storage to wrap around the U.S. Capitol. The stockpile started to build several years ago, in large part because the pace of milk production began to exceed the rates of consumption, says Andrew Novakovic, professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University.

4 cows in Canada test positive for novel TB strain

Smart Brief | Posted on January 14, 2019 in News

The strain of bovine tuberculosis detected in a British Columbia cow has not previously been documented in Canada or the US, says Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer Jaspinder Komal. All of the cows in the herd were tested, and three others had the same strain of TB.

EPA backs down from plan that could have allowed youth farmworkers to handle pesticides

Los Angeles Times | Posted on January 13, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

The Environmental Protection Agency has abandoned plans to roll back a set of protections for farmworkers, including a proposal to ease Obama-era regulations requiring anyone working with dangerous pesticides to be at least 18 years old.Passed in 2015, the rules became a target of the EPA a year after President Trump’s election.

Farmland Access Bootcamp

Renewing the Countryside | Posted on January 13, 2019 in Agriculture News

Securing land to farm can be an enormous stumbling block for new farmers -- get a leg up on your search with this in-depth course. The Farmland Access Bootcamp will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources and help them plan their next steps towards land tenure. The day-long session is designed for farmers with 10 or less years of experience, who are ready to begin or are actively searching for land or are working to change their current land situation.

Agriculture professionals seek ways to spot signs of suicidal thoughts in dairy farmers

Green Bay Press Gazette | Posted on January 11, 2019 in News

Kohlman said asking people if they’re thinking about suicide, taking the time to listen, and showing they care are ways everyone can help producers in crisis. That’s anyone from veterinarians to bankers to the faith community. “The financial burdens are very real and the uncertainty with everything,” she said. “You might not be mental health professionals, but we all have a role to play in preventing suicide.”

Trump formally nominates Wheeler to deregulate at EPA

Politico | Posted on January 10, 2019 in Federal News

President Donald Trump has formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to be EPA administrator, cementing the no-nonsense former attorney as his pick to carry out his deregulatory agenda, the White House announced.

Vegetable Crop Prices Are Frozen in Time

Growing Produce | Posted on January 10, 2019 in Agriculture News

With inflation alone, crop prices should have increased by 17.5% since 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s important to understand that price increases due to inflation don’t equal growth. It’s merely a price floating up with the rest of the economy. Healthy businesses increase their prices at a faster pace than inflation in order to re-invest in the company and build cash reserves. But that’s not what you reported happened in the vegetable industry. A small percentage — 27.2% — say your crop prices are more than 10% higher than they were 10 years ago.

State lawmakers join forces against offshore drilling

AP News | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

A group of nine Democratic state lawmakers from different coastal states announced that they are going to use their coming legislative sessions to try to block attempts at offshore drilling. The lawmakers’ announcement came as new and re-elected legislators were entering office around the country after an election that saw high turnover in some states, and the group said it wants to take advantage of new political dynamics that could favor environmental bills.

First case of PEDv discovered in Alberta

Meat & Poultry | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

According to a Jan. 8 disease notification from Alberta Pork, a case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was confirmed in the province at a 400-head hog farm. Officials with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Alberta Pork are investigating the cause of the outbreak and working to prevent the spread of the contagious disease, but according to reports, no quarantine boundaries have been established. While the disease can cause 100 percent mortality among young pigs, it is not considered a threat to human health or food safety.

Storm Lake: a study in rural resilience, diversity and hope

Daily Yonder | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Rural, SARL Members and Alumni News

The small city of Storm Lake, Iowa, is full of surprises. Its population grows with each Census. Its public-school students speak 23 languages. It still has two newspapers, one of which won a Pulitzer Prize. Art Cullen shows the complexity of today’s rural America in the book Storm Lake.

Drug resistance in animal farming could mean a fight against urban elites

Daily Yonder | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

Farmers are more than technicians who merely implement the "best practices" that are defined in the lab or in the boardroom. If we want food policy that works, farmers have to have a place at the table. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been framed as one of the biggest threats to humanity in the 21st century. By 2050, more humans could die because of AMR than cancer.

Rural investments could be the next big opportunity

Daily Yonder | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Rural News

Rural America’s slow recovery from the Great Recession isn’t entirely bad news, says the founder of the Rural Opportunity Initiative. For smart public and private investors, it could provide a chance to get ahead of the pack.Rural companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S. share many similarities and common challenges with those in the developing world, McKenna says, a fact that made Georgetown, with its global economic development focus, a natural home for the initiative. One of those common challenges?

Rapid Response Lowers Eradication Costs of Invasive Species: Evidence from Florida

Choices Magazine | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Rural News

While government agencies have developed guidance documents with specific recommendations for early detection and rapid response (National Invasive Species Council, 2016; U.S. Department of the Interior, 2016) and some international agreements mention invasive species, there are no clear science-based national policies to deal with invasive species in the United States.

China gives long-awaited GM crop approvals amid U.S. trade talks

Reuters | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

China approved five genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Tuesday, the first in about 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas grains purchases and ease pressure from the United States to open its markets to more farm goods.

Rural Recycling Hit Hard by Shifting Scrap Market

Pew Trust | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Rural News

Big cities have shielded their residents from the impact of China’s decision last year to curtail the solid waste it will accept from other countries. But rural and small-town residents are starting to get squeezed by a change that is wreaking havoc on the global recycling market. Hannibal, Missouri, population 18,000, has stopped accepting recyclable plastics labeled with the numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, such as yogurt containers and shampoo bottles. Villages near Erie, Pennsylvania, no longer take glass.

New Waters of the U.S. Rule From EPA

Farm Policy News | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

Last month, on the same day that the Senate passed the Farm Bill Conference Report, and a day before the House took similar action, the Trump Administration released a new proposed waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule.  Today’s update highlights news items that focused on the new proposal.

USDA Report- Agricultural Conservation on Working Lands: Trends From 2004 to Present

Farm Policy News | Posted on January 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

The USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) recently released a report title, “Agricultural Conservation on Working Lands: Trends From 2004 to Present.”  A fact sheet that accompanied the report explained that, “The first step toward increasing adoption of conservation practices is to establish a baseline of current adoption rates;” and added that the report, “uses survey data to track U.S.