AG Rural News

The USDA’s Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development has transferred to the White House.  Anne Hazlett has been named White House’s Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs. Hazlett’s new role will expand on her rural drug control efforts at USDA, allowing her to focus on prevention, treatment, and recovery for people addicted to opioids and other drugs.  Hazlett says addiction is a monumental barrier to rural prosperity, and the crisis of addiction is a priority for her and the Trump Administration. Continue reading Hazlett to continue rural drug crisis work at White House at Brownfield Ag News.
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Eldon McAfee Eldon McAfee, attorney with the Des Moines-based Brick Gentry Law Firm, serves as legal counsel for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. At the recent Iowa Pork Congress, we asked McAfee for an update on livestock nuisance lawsuits in Iowa and his reaction to Iowa’s ‘ag-gag’ law being overturned. AUDIO: Eldon McAfee Continue reading Iowa Pork Producers’ attorney on nuisance suits and ‘ag-gag’ at Brownfield Ag News.
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Brazil has agreed to ease trade barriers for U.S. wheat, pork and beef.  The U.S. will now be allowed to export 750,000 tons of wheat tariff free to Brazil and the ban on U.S. pork imports has been lifted.  U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers are applauding the measure.  Steve Mercer with U.S. What Associates tells Brownfield Brazil originally agreed to a tariff rate quota when they joined the World Trade Organization 24 years ago but has only sporadically upheld its commitment. Continue reading Brazilian ag trade expanding at Brownfield Ag News.
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For the second time, a California jury has decided a man’s cancer was caused by a glyphosate-based weed killer.  The six-person jury deliberated a full week, ruling Roundup was a significant factor in plaintiff Edwin Hardeman developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Hardeman used the product for 26 years to control weeds and poison oak on his property. Unlike an earlier trial, the Hardeman vs. Bayer’s Monsanto unit was separated into two phases.  The first phase focused on if glyphosate is carcinogenic.  The second phase will now look at what punitive damages might be assessed against Bayer. Continue reading Another jury rules glyphosate caused cancer at Brownfield Ag News.
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USDA Trade Undersecretary Ted McKinney says progress is being made in U.S.-China trade talks even though a deal won’t be announced this month. “We need a little bit more time,” he says. “We’re making progress- all of us across all these chapters, but we’re going to have to go a little past March the 30th to get this where we can confidently say we have both parties a good package.” He says a trade deal will include enforcement language to hold China accountable. Continue reading Progress being made in U.S.-China talks despite delay in announcing deal at Brownfield Ag News.
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Flooding near Fremont, Nebraska (photo courtesy Nebraska Governor’s office) USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says this week’s historic flooding in Nebraska, Iowa and other states could be just a taste of what many areas across the country might be in for this spring. “We’ll be talking about flooding in various parts of the country for at least the next several weeks,” Rippey says. He says the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota could be next. Continue reading USDA meteorologist: ‘I think planting delays are inevitable.’ at Brownfield Ag News.
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