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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
    Autoweek.com ^ | 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
    Investors.com ^ | 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?
  • Two South African farmers killed every week

    04/26/2010 7:05:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 826+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2010
    Two South African farmers are attacked every day, and two killed each week, according to figures released by the country's largest agricultural union. Since 1991, there have been 11,785 attacks and 1,804 murders, and the problem is getting worse... Eugene Terreblanche...death inflamed South Africa's race tensions amid anger over a "shoot the Boer [farmer]" slogan sung by Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League leader.
  • Black farmers call on Congress to pay racial bias settlement (Demand $1 Billion of "Obama" Money)

    04/22/2010 3:31:15 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 27 replies · 1,081+ views
    CNN ^ | 22 Apr 10 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- African-American farmers hoping for government settlement money in a racial bias case met with lawmakers Wednesday and called on Congress to come up with a way to fund the $1 billion deal. Ralph Paige, director of a Southern family farmer nonprofit, says the settlement is about much more than money. A March 31 deadline to appropriate the funds has passed, and farmers now may withdraw from the settlement and pursue independent litigation against the government. Congress now has a target date of the end of May to come up with a plan. "We spend a billion dollars on...
  • House set alight with family inside ( South Africa )

    04/21/2010 3:46:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 824+ views
    News24 ^ | 2010-04-20 | Buks Viljoen, Beeld
    Johannesburg - Attackers set a wooden house on fire on a farm near Carolina at the weekend, while a woman and her children were still inside. The armed attackers had tied the door with a piece of wire, trapping the victims inside. The woman's parents were shot at when they rushed to their aid. "They were bent on killing us. This had nothing to do with theft," ... She woke up to the smell of smoke at about 22:00 on Saturday night. She saw the wall and the curtain in her room were in flames. The attackers had poured diesel...
  • Iceland's farmers try to save herds from toxic ash ( Eyjafjallajokull )

    04/18/2010 11:42:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 961+ views
    ap ^ | Apr 18, 2010 | CARLO PIOVANO
    In Europe, the volcanic ash danger travels at high altitudes, but for Iceland's farmers the problem is very much on the ground. Farmers across the region where the volcano erupted this week under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier have been scrambling to protect their herds from inhaling or ingesting the ash, which can cause internal bleeding, long-term bone damage and teeth loss. Near Skogar, south of the volcano, the ash blew down from the mountain, blotting out the sunlight and covering everything - pastures, animals and humans - in a thick, gray paste.
  • War on white South Africa

    04/09/2010 8:16:38 AM PDT · by Sioux-san · 31 replies · 1,088+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/9/2010 | Ilana Mercer
    Eugene Terre'Blanche, leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) that seeks the establishment of a homeland for the Afrikaners of South Africa, was alone at his homestead over the Easter period, when two farmhands bludgeoned the 69-year-old separatist to a pulp with pangas and pipes. Based on hearsay – and their abiding sympathy for savages – news media across the West are insisting that the motive for the murder was a "labor dispute." This the oleaginous officials of the African National Congress (Mandela's gang) must just love; they share with their admirers in the West a determination to ignore (and...
  • EIB Sob story idea: The Delta Smelt Food Desert

    04/11/2010 2:01:27 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies · 580+ views
    For those who don't remember, this link will give you some background into what california has had to deal with. My idea is this: California's farmers were hit very hard when the water got shut off, why not have their stories be heard on the EIB network? I certainly don't remember any progressive journalist rushing out there to have their story reported on.
  • The man playing South Africa's death card

    04/10/2010 11:10:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 805+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/9/2010 | Rian Malan
    As white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche is buried, the dangerously charismatic Julius Malema threatens the country's future. We are not here to mourn the white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, whose funeral took place yesterday, but since his name is on the world's lips, let's face the truth: the saddest thing about his murder last weekend is that it obscured an event that casts an infinitely darker shadow. The event took place in Zimbabwe, and involved, as fate would have it, Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League leader whose repeated singing of an old struggle song about shooting Boers is viewed by many...
  • WI: Democrats back tax credits for companies, farmers

    04/07/2010 12:20:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 293+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/10 | Ryan J. Foley - ap
    MADISON, Wis. – Democrats who control the Legislature pushed Wednesday for an election-year package of tax credits for economic development projects and key Wisconsin industries like dairy farming and food processing. ... "Today is sort of like 'Jobapalooza'," said Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, a committee co-chair. "We are doing everything we can to see the economy turn around." Republicans complained the bills were too little, too late and were designed to prop up the political standing of the majority party rather than fix the economy. "Spinapalooza," according to Rep. Robin Vos, R-Racine. The bills still need approval from both houses.
  • White farmers 'being wiped out' ( South Africa )

    03/28/2010 2:56:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies · 2,834+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 28, 2010 | Dan McDougall
    Over 3,000 have been killed since 1994. Now the ANC is accused of fanning the hate. THE gunmen walked silently through the orchard. Skirting a row of burnt-out tyres, set ablaze months earlier to keep the budding fruit from freezing, they drew their old .38 revolvers. Inside his farmhouse Pieter Cillier, 57, slept with his 14-year-old daughter Nikki at his side. His 12-year-old son JD was having a sleepover with two teenagers in an adjoining room. As the intruders broke in, the farmer woke. He rushed to stop them, only to be shot twice in the chest. In his death...
  • Backcountry Folk of the Shenandoah Valley -- The Farm Life

    03/28/2010 9:43:58 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 15 replies · 499+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 28, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is above all a land of farms and farmers. Since the firm Pennsylvania Germans crossed the Potomac with horses, oxen, pigs and tools, the fertile lands along the Shenandoah River have beckoned to those who love the country life. Although areas of the Valley have developed and there are cities here and there, a drive along the old roads will provide a multitude of pastoral views. [Vintage pictures]
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • Farmers fear nationalisation move ( South Africa )

    03/17/2010 3:32:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 605+ views
    News24 ^ | 2010-03-16 | SAPA
    Farmers' lobby groups on Tuesday demanded clarity on a proposal that agricultural land become a "national asset", which they fear is a move towards nationalisation. Although Land Affairs director-general Thozi Gwanya said the government was not considering nationalisation, and that making land a national asset was just a land reform "option... Land invasion fears...talk of nationalisation of farms could be followed by land invasions, as happened in Zimbabwe... the Chinese communist model in which farmers pay rent to the state which owns the land. More than 90% of the 5.9 million hectares of land the state bought for emerging farmers...
  • U.S. Opens Spigot for California Farmers

    03/16/2010 9:43:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 667+ views
    wsj ^ | 3/16/10 | JIM CARLTON
    nterior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a sharp increase in federal water supplies for California's agricultural Central Valley, further easing drought concerns in a state where El Niño rains have raised the mountain snowpack after three severely dry years. Mr. Salazar said water allocations from the Central Valley Project in California, a system of aqueducts and reservoirs managed by the federal Bureau of Reclamation primarily for farmers in the region, would be increased this year to between 25% and 50% of the maximum amount allowed under ideal circumstances, based on conservative forecasts by his agency. That's up from a previous estimate...
  • Officials hear farmers' antitrust concerns

    03/12/2010 12:55:51 PM PST · by legalwatch · 4 replies · 243+ views
    AP ^ | 3-12-09 | Chris Rizo
    Antitrust activities by large agribusinesses will not be tolerated, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday in a meeting with farmers in Iowa. At the meeting, which was also attended by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, the Obama administration pledged a thorough examination of claims that monopolies are driving small- and mid-sized farms out of business.
  • Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues...

    02/23/2010 7:05:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 335+ views
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/February/10-at-182.html NOTE: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry to Begin March 12 in Iowa Initial Workshop to Be Held in Ankeny, Iowa, at Des Moines Area Community College, FFA Enrichment Center WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the agenda and panelists for the first joint public workshop, which will be held on March 12, 2010, in Ankeny, Iowa, to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture...
  • Obama Plan Could Attack Farmers

    03/11/2010 5:52:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 855+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2010 | John Reifsteck
    The next time you're at a grocery store, let the cashier ring up the sale. Then try to bargain for a better deal. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? After all, just a handful of retailers sell more than half of all the groceries in the United States, and an individual shopper has very little power to negotiate. That same imbalance of power is a real problem for farmers and ranchers in the United States. Farmers are proud of their independence, but having millions of growers bartering separately puts them at a real disadvantage in the marketplace. That is why they banded...
  • Meg Whitman and the Delta Smelt

    03/10/2010 11:15:52 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 17 replies · 632+ views
    Real Meg Whitman ^ | 7 March 2010
    Meg Whitman and the Delta Smelt Meg Whitman’s charitable foundation, established ostensibly for charitable purposes, inexplicably gave at least $300,000 to the Environmental Defense Fund’s Center For Rivers and Deltas. In 2007, Meg Whitman’s foundation gave $100,000 to EDF. Not content with that amount, Meg Whitman doubled down in 2008 by donating $200,000. The water crisis is affecting jobs in the Central Valley, with most cities and towns hovering near a 15% unemployment rate. The EDF has continually sided with the fish over the farmers and Meg Whitman’s $300,000 donation helped fund these efforts. Over the past few years, EDF...
  • Obama to California 'Water, Its Not a Right its a Privilege' [Not a Quote from Obama]

    02/20/2010 7:04:23 PM PST · by blueyon · 110 replies · 3,702+ views
    big goverment ^ | Jan 25th 2010 | John Loudon
    On the list of insane public policy moves we have come to expect from the current administration, Cap and Tax, Obamacare and Union Card Check, a fourth has garnered relatively little attention, although the implications for all Americans may be among the most far-reaching. The recurring theme is centralized control. On Monday, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will host a rare Congressional “Field Hearing“. A Congressional delegation will venture out of the beltway and actually devote time to a problem in our country. Better yet, they will be listening to real citizens. Sort of. At issue is what...
  • [Article dated August 28, 2002] Media Miss Black Farmer Fraud (Obama gives em another $1.25 billion

    02/18/2010 3:06:26 PM PST · by milwguy · 7 replies · 489+ views
    aim ^ | August 28, 2002 | Reed Irvine
    The news media have recently discovered a big story that has been around since January 1999, when the Washington Post reported that the government had agreed to a consent decree in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Department of Agriculture by black farmers seeking compensation for discrimination they allegedly suffered when they applied for government farm loans. When the government signed the consent decree to allow the case to go forward, it was expected that about 2,500 plaintiffs would join in the suit. By the closing date of October 1999, over 20,000 had joined, and to date 21,325 cases have...
  • USDA reaches new settlement with black farmers

    02/18/2010 11:48:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies · 1,455+ views
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/10 | BEN EVANS
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has reached a deal with black farmers....</p>
  • Day 52 will be last for hunger striker ( Farmer private property rights versus Global Warming )

    01/14/2010 9:59:09 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 501+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 13, 2010 | Alison Rehn
    FARMERS rights hunger striker Peter Spencer ended his 52-day protest suspended in a tent on a wind tower, but claims his efforts have not been in vain. The 61-year old farmer from southern NSW has gone without food for 52 days and after talking to his doctor decided he had to stop his protest ... Mr Spencer began his protest on November 23, demanding changes to native vegetation laws. He wants a royal commission into those laws, which he says prevent him clearing his land. Spencer clamied that since his property was declared a carbon sink, he had been plunged...
  • Food Vs. Trees

    12/30/2009 5:22:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 607+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Agriculture: Already buffeted by rising food prices due to biofuels, consumers face a bigger hike if climate-change legislation is passed. Farming costs will rise, and it may be more profitable to plant trees than crops. If the cap-and-trade provisions of the Waxman-Markey bill become law, you can wave goodbye to those amber waves of grain as America's heartland falls victim to a perverse set of incentives and a process called "afforestation." Soybeans and wheat will give way to elms and oaks. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants a review of what amounts to an agricultural impact study of HR 2454, which...
  • Ranchers wary of group’s effort to create wildlife reserve bigger than Yellowstone

    12/20/2009 6:40:25 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies · 2,353+ views
    The Gazette ^ | December 20, 2009 | TOM LUTEY
    When the new West is won, will there be cowboys? In light of what her neighbors are up to, Double O Ranch owner Vicki Olson isn’t so sure. “I guess the point that I keep hammering at is that if they succeed, that means all of us third- and fourth-generation ranchers are gone,” Olson said. She is the average Montana rancher, 56 going on 70, working a spread gouged from the pebbly soil by her grandparents 100 years ago. Her neighbor, the nonprofit American Prairie Foundation, is methodically acquiring ranches and crafting a 3.5-million-acre wildlife reserve out of private property...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • I-Team: Dead Farmers Get Millions From Tax Dollars

    11/24/2009 10:21:45 AM PST · by FromLori · 14 replies · 1,107+ views
    CBS ^ | 11/24/09 | Steven Stock
    It's no secret that many times the federal government can spend your tax dollars in ways that might leave you scratching your head or even make you angry. But wait until you hear what I-Team Investigator Stephen Stock dug up and who is getting your money now. William Roderick Kent was 87-years-old when he died. He now rests in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Park Cemetery North along Miami's 8th Street. Kent lived in a nice home in Coconut Grove. He owned property throughout South Florida, including a place in multi-story building in Coral Gables. So why -- even two years...
  • Help Struggling California Farmers

    11/20/2009 10:38:26 AM PST · by azkathy · 25 replies · 1,144+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 11-20-2009 | Kathy Boatman
    AGRICULTURE — Help struggling California farmers I am writing to encourage people in Arizona to attend an event Friday in support of California farmers who are struggling this year. Their water supply has been cut off due to radical environmental regulations and the Delta smelt, an endangered fish. This is important for all Americans to understand because this area supplies produce for our food supply. I have been to the Web site www.farmwater.org and seen the photos of people standing in line for food to receive carrots from China. This is disturbing on so many levels to me and I...
  • Main Street merchants want crack at market

    11/12/2009 10:38:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 331+ views
    Santa Monica Daily Press ^ | November 12, 2009 | Melody Hanatani
    A new policy dictating the selection of prepared food vendors at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market is drawing fire from Main Street merchants who are concerned that there won't be enough preference given to local restaurants.
  • Afghan Farmers Learn New Techniques

    11/06/2009 3:23:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 184+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Brooke Brzozowske, USAF
    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2009 – Civil affairs members of the provincial reconstruction team hosted an Afghan-led agricultural training event in the Bermel district here. Afghan farmers gather around a garden while working a practical exercise during an agricultural training class in Bermel, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2009. Civil affairs members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktika province hosted efforts in an Afghan-led agricultural training event. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. David Ferris  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The training offered instruction and discussion on agricultural topics for seven Bermel area farmers. “Most of the people in...
  • Crops Headed For A Tough Harvest

    11/05/2009 6:19:50 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 1,217+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 11-03-2009 | Jim Delaney
    Crops Headed For A Tough Harvest by: Jim Delaney November 03, 2009 Although it appears the prospects for the producers of porcine products have prettied, yes, lipstick included, that cannot be said for all of the ‘ole MacDonald’s in the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported recently that due to a late planting season and a cooler and wetter fall than normal, only 20% of the corn crop is out of the fields vs. an average of 58% during the years of 2004-2008. “It’s getting scarier. The longer we go, the more mold keeps growing and the more ears...
  • Farmers' pesticides may not raise heart risks

    10/21/2009 10:32:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 473+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Good news for men who farm U.S. fields. Regular exposure to pesticides used commonly on the farm does not appear to increase the risk of heart attack. As part of the Agricultural Health Study, between 1993 and 1997, researchers asked more than 54,000 male farmers what pesticides they used regularly, how much time they spent using tractors and other farm equipment, and whether they raised poultry or other livestock. Dr. Jane A. Hoppin, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and colleagues surveyed roughly 32,000 of these men...