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  • Food Safety Measure Would Give Small Farmers Indigestion

    11/26/2010 8:28:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    pajamas media ^ | 11/26/10 | by Patrick Richardson
    As millions across the country prepared for their annual Thanksgiving feast, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was busy taking shots at Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) over food safety, claiming in a letter from a Reid spokesman that Coburn, a physician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, doesn’t care if children get sick. Coburn is offering amendments to, and opposing the current form of, Senate Bill 510, the so-called “Food Safety Modernization Act.” According to Coburn’s camp, this bill, which could come to a vote as early as next week and which is being heavily pushed by Reid and...
  • Ear (Of Corn) Marks

    11/11/2010 6:06:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 11, 2010 | Staff
    Energy Policy: If we're serious about cutting wasteful spending and reining in government, the abolition of subsidies for ethanol production and the ending of mandates for its use would be a good place to start. The Bush tax cuts aren't the only thing that expires at the end of the year. Also set to expire is the mother of all corporate welfare: ethanol subsidies to Big Agriculture coupled with tariffs protecting domestic ethanol production that benefit farm-state senators and congressmen but few others. Ethanol is the perfect tax-spend-and-elect mechanism. Illinois-based Archer Daniels Midland, the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, has operations...
  • Japan’s Farmers Fight to Keep Protective Tariffs

    11/11/2010 11:12:44 PM PST · by Palter · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 Nov 2010 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    Atsushi Kono considers it the gravest threat to his family’s farm in a century of rice-growing: a free-trade initiative that could dismantle Japan’s sky-high protective farming tariffs, finally opening up the country to cheap, foreign produce. In a move pitting Japanese farmers against the nation’s export industries, Prime Minister Naoto Kan is pushing to join negotiations for an American-backed free-trade zone called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that would span the Pacific Rim. The new zone would give Japanese exporters of cars, televisions and other manufactured goods greater access to the United States and other markets. Free trade is high on the...
  • American Indian Farmers Are Offered $680 Million

    10/20/2010 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/20/10 | SCOTT KILMAN
    The Obama administration agreed Tuesday to pay up to $680 million to American Indian farmers to settle an 11-year-old class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who took office promising to address longstanding complaints by minority farmers against the department, said eligible farmers and ranchers can receive up to $250,000 each for showing that USDA discrimination caused them economic losses. However, most farmers will probably opt for a uniform $50,000 payment, which involves less red tape. In the class-action suit, American Indian farmers allege that USDA bureaucrats denied them the low-interest rate loans
  • Automakers try to stop increase in ethanol limit to 15 percent of gasoline

    10/12/2010 10:35:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | October 11, 2010 | Neil Roland
    Today's gasolines include up to 10 percent ethanol. Automakers are opposing a move to boost the ethanol content to 15 percent. Automakers are seeking to head off an EPA ruling that would allow gasoline to contain 15 percent ethanol, up from 10 percent now, and they've won some bipartisan congressional support. The two main automaker industry lobbies have argued that the U.S. Department of Energy has done insufficient testing to assure that gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol won't harm vehicles. Increased ethanol composition could affect engine durability, emissions, driveability and on-board diagnostics systems, the Association of International Automobile...
  • Neighbors harvest 80 acres of beets for ill farmer ( Montana )

    10/01/2010 8:33:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | October 1, 2010 | TOM LUTEY
    Doctors warned that getting on a tractor could kill Don Goodman. Neighbors knew grounding the 70-year-old sugar beet farmer during harvest was medicine Goodman wouldn’t take. So Thursday afternoon, friends and family from as far as 30 miles away gathered in Goodman’s fields south of Fromberg with a cure of their own. They rolled up in tandem-axel farm trucks and semitrailers, brought beet diggers and bushels of good will. As Goodman watched, uncomfortable being idle, they harvested the 80-acre crop doctors forbid him from doing himself. By 4 p.m. they had more than 400 tons of beets loaded up and...
  • Birthing Camel Babies Is not for the Faint of Heart, Perry Farmers Say

    08/16/2010 1:28:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NewsOK ^ | August 15, 2010 | SONYA COLBERG
    Ralph and Wynona Passow bought their first camels a decade ago to rid their farm of weeds. The camel herd has grown to more than 30.Lanky legs and neck sprawled too far forward, then too far backward. That black, furry newborn was going to stand and nurse somehow, Passow decided. The mother camel blinked long, dreamy eyelashes and watched carefully as Passow coaxed the big baby to the mother's side. "The females are lovely," Ralph Passow said, watching his wife try to turn the baby toward the patient mother. "But the male camels will kill you." About 30 minutes earlier,...
  • FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (Illegal to grow your own food)

    08/07/2010 6:47:50 PM PDT · by Scythian · 299 replies · 2+ views
    This bill was considered in committee which has recommended it be considered by the Senate as a whole. Although it has been placed on a calendar of business, the order in which legislation is considered and voted on is determined by the majority party leadership. Keep in mind that sometimes the text of one bill is incorporated into another bill, and in those cases the original bill, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned.
  • EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

    08/02/2010 11:58:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies · 4+ views
    NEWS 9 ^ | Aug 01, 2010 | Jacqueline Sit,
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations. Many in the Oklahoma farming industry are opposed to the EPA's consideration. One farmer said the possible regulations are ridiculous. Roberts, a fourth generation farmer and rancher in Arcadia, said regulating dust in rural areas will hurt farmers' harvest, cultivation and livelihood. "Anytime you work ground, you're going to have dust. I don't know how they'll regulate it," Roberts said. "The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from...
  • Black lawmakers irate over Emanuel's $1.5 billion promise to Sen. Lincoln (backroom deals go on)

    08/02/2010 11:27:55 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 5+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7-30-10 | Alexander Bolton
    African-American lawmakers are irate that the Obama administration has promised Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) $1.5 billion in farm aid while claiming it can’t pay a landmark legal settlement with black farmers. Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama on Thursday calling on him to find a way to compensate black farmers who suffered discrimination in government loan programs during the 1980s and 1990s. The letter was spurred by behind-the-scenes deal-making in the Senate as part of an effort to pass small-business legislation. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel promised Lincoln, who sponsored the provision, that...
  • Tigris span will help farmers, trade

    06/20/2010 3:10:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Daniel Yarnall, USA
    BAGHDAD – A group of dedictaed Connecticut Army National Guard engineers is working diligently here to construct a new bridge spanning the Tigris River near Salman Pak. As U.S. and Iraqi forces secure the area, the 250th Engineers’ Multi-Role Bridge Company, Connecticut ANG, is working night and day to construct what’s called a Mabey Johnson Panel Bridge across the storied waterway. Capt. Chuck Taylor, commander of the 250th, is overseeing the operation. His troops are accomplishing the project by moving equipment into place during the day, and then performing the majority of construction at night to escape the sun’s heat....
  • Boxer Statement on Announcement of Increased Water Supplies for California Farmers

    06/16/2010 8:10:01 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 39 replies · 948+ views
    U. S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) ^ | June 14, 2010 | U. S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Washington, D.C. – U. S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised the U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement that the Bureau of Reclamation’s 2010 Central Valley Project Water Supply allocations continue to increase throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The allocations were the result of increased water supplies due to favorable weather conditions, and better water management. Senator Boxer said, “I am pleased that water allocations to the San Joaquin Valley have continued to increase throughout this spring. The Congress and the Administration must continue to work together on efforts to provide relief to farmers and communities facing water shortages.” The...
  • A modest proposal for protection of threatened species (Agricola americanus)

    06/13/2010 10:13:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 208+ views
    The News-Review ^ | June 13, 2010 | Richard Packham
    At the present time the federal government has listed 2,269 species on the official “endangered or threatened” species list. The list includes plants, insects, mammals, birds, crustaceans and anything alive that is facing an uncertain future as a species, through no fault of its own. To be listed, and thus given special protection and benefits, a species must be diminishing in numbers, whether due to problems in reproducing, to diminishing habitat, encroachment by other species, predation, changes in environment or other threats to its survival. The specific benefit to us in protecting a specific species seems to be irrelevant....
  • French farmers turn Champs Elysees green

    05/23/2010 1:23:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 385+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/10 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – French farmers turned the Champs Elysees into a vast farm covered with plants, trees, flowers and livestock on Sunday to draw attention to the crisis hitting the country's agricultural sector. Dubbed Nature Capital, over a stretch of 1.2 kilometres (0.8 miles) from the Arc de Triomphe halfway to the Place de la Concorde, more than one hundred varieties of grain, fruit and vegetables dotted Paris' most famous avenue. Cows, pigs, goats and lambs were also out on the Champs, but in small numbers with a view to showcasing some of the famous breeds such as the enormously...
  • Black farmers still waiting for justice

    05/19/2010 11:30:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies · 755+ views
    CNN ^ | May 19, 2010 | Shawna Shepherd
    Mecklenburg County, Virginia (CNN) -- On his southern Virginia farm on a recent warm Saturday, John Boyd Jr. needs a dose of rain before he can plant soybeans. More than 200 miles away in Washington, Boyd has a bigger problem on his hands. President Obama has promised to help black farmers who have not received the $1.25 billion settlement owed to them after years of being denied government farm loans and support from federal programs because of the color of their skin. "This is not about us complaining, this is about the government not doing what they promised they were...
  • Judge sides with farmers in [California] delta pumping lawsuit

    05/19/2010 10:27:11 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies · 1,059+ views
    Bloomberg Business Week ^ | May 18, 2010 | Terence Chea
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of Central Valley farmers and urban water agencies seeking to loosen restrictions on pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a major source of irrigation and drinking water for much of California. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno said the federal government did not properly develop a management plan that restricted water exports to protect endangered salmon, steelhead and other fish. The judge scheduled a hearing Wednesday to determine how much water can be exported without harming threatened fish that migrate through the delta to the Pacific Ocean. Groups representing San Joaquin Valley...
  • As Afghan Opium Blight Spreads, Farmers' Lives Wilt

    05/19/2010 1:15:42 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 28 replies · 1,009+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 18 2010 | Mohammad Elyas Daee, Abubakar Siddique
    LASHKAR GAH -- Aziz Ahmad is a deeply worried man. With two wives and seven children at home, the 30-year-old farmer depends entirely on his opium-poppy crop to make a living. This year, it's proving to be an increasingly difficult task. First, falling water tables stunted his crop. Then a mysterious blight emerged to destroy most of what remained. In a normal growing season, Ahmad's 4-hectare plot in the Washer district of Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province yields 100 kilograms of opium -- enough to cover his debts and ensure his family's survival over the winter. This year he managed to...
  • Farmers and Flood Water. Say it Ain't So

    05/11/2010 7:57:09 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 5 replies · 319+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 11th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Maybe in passing along the land, the farmers of old forgot to pass along how valuable land is. Not in the monetary sense. But valuable because farmers are charged with taking care of the land. Nurturing it like it was a child. Loving it. I remember my grandfather and other older farmers always bending down to scoop up a handful of earth. They ran it through their fingers. They tasted it. They simply loved and cherished it. I think farmers of old just naturally thought the love and the well being towards their land would always be a part of...
  • We’re in the final days of white life in South Africa’

    05/07/2010 7:45:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 125 replies · 4,297+ views
    The Times ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jonathan Clayton
    The gunman leant forward and pushed the pistol hard into Manie Potgieter’s neck. “Listen, you white bastard,” he whispered, his breath heavy with alcohol. “I have Aids. We are now going to rape your wife and give her Aids too. Then, we kill you, got it?” From his position on the floor, hands tied behind his back, he could hear his assailant’s three accomplices pulling the tracksuit bottoms off his wife, Helena, 28. “I was sure they were going to shoot me, but I just prayed she would be OK. She was telling me in Afrikaans not to worry. I...
  • California's Man-Made Drought

    04/28/2010 6:59:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,145+ views ^ | April 28, 2010 | MONICA SHOWALTER
    COALINGA, Calif. — Would France rip out its storied vineyards? Would Juan Valdez scorch Colombia's coffee crop? Sri Lanka its black pepper harvest? China its tea?