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Category: Farm Bill
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The House Ag Committee Has Its First Black Chairman 5.12.2020 Mother Jones
The 2020 election sent shockwaves through US food and farm policy circles. The defeat of Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee since 2007, left a hole at the top on an institution that plays a key role in writing the farm bill. This omnibus legislation, renewed every five years, […]
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Dozens of Trump’s Appointees Will Keep Their Jobs After Biden Takes Over 4.12.2020 Truthout.com
Officials appointed by Trump who'd otherwise lose their jobs under Biden have been approved for permanent ...
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How dozens of Trump’s political appointees will stay in government after Biden takes over 4.12.2020 Raw Story
Christopher Prandoni was just 29 when he joined President Donald Trump’s administration as associate director for natural resources at the Council on Environmental Quality. Last year, he hopped over to the Interior Department and became a close adviser to Secretary David Bernhardt, sometimes attending multiple meetings a day with the agency head. In April, Bernhardt […]
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Here’s the scheme Trump is using to keep his political appointees in power during Biden’s administration 4.12.2020 Raw Story
Christopher Prandoni was just 29 when he joined President Donald Trump’s administration as associate director for natural resources at the Council on Environmental Quality. Last year, he hopped over to the Interior Department and became a close adviser to Secretary David Bernhardt, sometimes attending multiple meetings a day with the agency head. In April, Bernhardt […]
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US Supreme Court considers firms’ liability for Africa child slavery 2.12.2020 Raw Story
The US Supreme Court considered Tuesday whether two major corporations — Nestle USA and Cargill — can be held responsible for forced child labor on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast. The case could allow the court to limit liability for US firms for human rights abuses committed in other countries. The lawsuit was filed […]
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Op-Ed: One of America's great wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre 29.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Unlike most of the nation's great river systems, the Mobile Basin has survived with its rich biodiversity mostly intact. That is changing.

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We Asked How You’re Observing Thanksgiving. Here’s What You Said. 26.11.2020 Mother Jones
Earlier this week, I asked how you planned to observe this very unusual Thanksgiving. I was overwhelmed with the responses. Some of you are planning very careful, socially distanced gatherings with family. Others are spending the day alone, or using it to honor Native Americans on whose stolen land we normally feast. Below are just […]
Donald Trump is racing to weaken several laws and implement other last-minute policies before Jan. 20 25.11.2020 Raw Story
Six days after President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified food safety groups that it was proposing a regulatory change to speed up chicken factory processing lines, a change that would allow companies to sell more birds. An earlier USDA effort had broken down on concerns that it […]
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Democrat’s victory ruled invalid due to misdemeanor he was pardoned for — Arkansas hands the seat to Republicans 25.11.2020 Raw Story
On Tuesday, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Democratic state Rep.-elect Jimmie Wilson is ineligible for office due to decades-old federal misdemeanor convictions — and handed the election to his Republican opponent. “Wilson, a former state lawmaker who was convicted of selling mortgaged crops and illegal use of farm loans, […]
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Pro-Wall Street Democrat Could Soon Have Key Role Regulating Derivatives Market 22.11.2020 Truthout.com
Pro-Wall Street Democrat Could Soon Have Key Role Regulating Derivatives Market
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Black Farmers Have Been Robbed of Land. A New Bill Would Give Them a “Quantum Leap” Toward Justice. 19.11.2020 Mother Jones
After the US Civil War, newly emancipated Black growers won a share of the agricultural landscape. They did so despite fierce backlash and the ultimately failed promises of Reconstruction. By the 1910s, nearly a million Black farmers, a seventh of the nation’s total, owned 41.4 million acres of land, mostly in the South. That turned […]
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Weary but determined, California's small, family-owned farms fight through the pandemic 19.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Here's how a handful of independent farmers are handling the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Trump administration leaving ‘booby traps’ for Biden’s people with ‘midnight rule-making’ changes: report 16.11.2020 Raw Story
President Donald J. Trump has been semi-quiet lately since the 2020 presidential election didn’t go his way. However, there are approximately 145 rules the White House’s Office of Management and Budget is currently evaluating as a key step in the formal rule-making process for major regulations that have been keeping him busy behind-the-scenes. These new […]
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Supreme Court agrees to hear California grower's challenge to state farm labor law 14.11.2020 LA Times: Nation

Do union organizers have a right to go on agricultural land, or does that violate private property rights? The Supreme Court will decide.

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Trump Loses Lawsuit to Toss Out 53 Absentee Ballots in Georgia 6.11.2020 Truthout.com
The suit was dismissed after witnesses citing wrongdoing admitted they hadn't actually seen what they alleged they ...
At least 6 Trump cabinet secretaries are accused or under investigation for violating federal law 30.10.2020 Raw Story
An Additional Eight or More Administration Officials Also Accused or Under Investigation At least six Trump Cabinet secretaries are under investigation for violating federal law or are accused of violating federal law, as are an additional eight or more administration officials. The Cabinet secretaries include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Bill Barr, Education […]
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Trump’s trade war backfired — and made it even more advantageous for American companies to transfer operations to China 28.10.2020 Raw Story
The 2016 election was a referendum on free trade, which many blamed for destroying millions of American manufacturing jobs. In 2020, it could be about the merits of trade wars. During President Donald Trump’s first term, he tore up deals, launched a trade war with China and renegotiated NAFTA. His campaign claims the war was […]
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Many California farmworkers fear a winter of hunger and homelessness amid the pandemic 26.10.2020 LA Times: Health

After fires and the coronavirus cut wages for many Central Valley farmworkers, a winter slowdown means families are unable to pay for necessities.

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Trump’s Attacks on Science Have Scarred Our Public Institutions 22.10.2020 Truthout.com
The damage under Trump is the culmination of the GOP’s longstanding war on science for the benefit of ...
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Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here’s why your food bills are still stubbornly high. 22.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Food prices that spiked during the summer have started to fall as supply and demand pressures caused by the pandemic ease. But some items remain much pricier than usual, pinching the budgets of millions of Americans who can ill afford higher grocery bills.
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