Category Archives: Agriculture News

WOTUS Definition Hearings Scheduled

The Environmental Protection Agency has rescheduled public hearings on the updated Waters of the U.S. definition. Hearings were scheduled to take place during the government shutdown, but were postponed. The hearings will be held on February 27th and 28th in Kansas City, Kansas. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, have submitted the proposed rule…MORE

World Ag Expo Continues

The World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center in Tulare is billed as the largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind. It’s Open again on Wednesday and Thursday. Nearly 1,500 exhibitors are displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. In 2018, 106,700 people came from 49 states and…MORE

18 Million Trees Died in California in 2018

18 Million Trees Died in California in 2018

A total of 18 million trees died in California last year, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. “Years of drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused one of the largest tree die-offs in state history,” said Wade Crowfoot, California Natural Resources secretary. California’s drought began in 2010 and bark beetles are insects that…MORE

Court Will Reconsider Chlorpyrifos Ban

  A U.S. appeals court will reconsider its recent decision ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the popular California farm pesticide chlorpyrifos. The Trump administration persuaded the court to reconsider the ban, according to Reuters, as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will again review former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s March…MORE

New Campaign for “Fake Meat Facts”

  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is launching a new public campaign focusing on what the organization calls “fake meat.” The new campaign will highlight critical questions about the production process involved in growing meat in a laboratory. The campaign will bring to light many of the unknowns that the federal government must clarify before…MORE

Battle Looming on President’s Right to Impose Tariffs

  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, and two other coalitions with dozens of trade associations involved are backing legislation dealing with tariffs in national security situations. Legislation before Congress would require congressional approval before the president can impose tariffs based on “national security.” President Donald Trump used that authority to impose tariffs on…MORE

USDA Gives $200 Million To Help Promote Overseas Trade

  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that his department awarded $200 million to 57 organizations, including some in California through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program. The Hagstrom Report says the goal is to help U.S. farmers and ranchers find and get into new export markets around the globe. The promotion funds are part of the…MORE

USDA Backlog Delays Census of Agriculture Release

  Politico says the month-plus government shutdown has left U.S. Department of Agriculture officials with quite the backlog of commodity reports. They also have a lot of other numbers waiting to be crunched for future reports. Those numbers include the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which is a major survey taken every five years and includes…MORE

U.S. Dairy Fears Losing Japanese Market

  The U.S. dairy sector is worried about access to the lucrative Japan market. Dairy groups and officials are sending a brand-new, industry-funded study to President Donald Trump, administration officials, and to members of Congress. Politico says the study stresses the need for expanding market access overseas. The report points out that the U.S. is…MORE