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    Workers on farms and in meatpacking plants who toiled through the pandemic stand to get $600 bonuses from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. The USDA is putting $700 million toward a fund for food workers, in recognition of the personal costs many experienced during the pandemic. Food industry workers fell ill with COVID-19 at higher...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced $700 million in grants to help food and farmworkers with costs related to COVID-19. "The program will provide relief to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and front-line grocery workers for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the USDA said in its announcement. "This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary...
    There was a time when Black farms prospered. Just two generations out of slavery, by 1910 Black farmers had amassed more than 16 million acres of land and made up about 14 percent of farmers. The fruit of their labors fed much of America. Now, they have fewer than 4.7 million acres. Black farms in the U.S. plummeted from 925,000...
    BOYDTON, Va. (AP) — There was a time when Black farms prospered. Just two generations out of slavery, by 1910 Black farmers had amassed more than 16 million acres of land and made up about 14 percent of farmers. The fruit of their labors fed much of America. Now, they have fewer than 4.7 million acres. Black farms in the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Upper Midwest Law Center has filed a lawsuit against the USDA loan forgiveness program claiming it openly discriminates against white farmers. The UMLC filed the lawsuit on behalf of farmers Steve Nuest, Kaylyn Dalsted, Chad Walter, Kevin Vetsch, Lynelle Vetsch, Johnathan Quamme, Samantha Quamme, Nuest Partnership, and Walter Brothers Family Farms LLC. The USDA created the...
    A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against White farmers. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Milwaukee issued a temporary restraining order Thursday suspending the program for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The program pays up to 120% of direct...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly agricultural trade forecast, released today, projects fiscal year 2021 U.S. farm exports at $164 billion – the highest total on record. This represents an increase of $28 billion, or 21 percent, from last fiscal year’s total, and a $7-billion increase from USDA’s previous FY...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly agricultural trade forecast, released today, projects fiscal year 2021 U.S. farm exports at $164 billion – the highest total on record. This represents an increase of $28 billion, or 21 percent, from last fiscal year’s total, and a $7-billion increase from USDA’s previous FY...
    The American Families Plan includes critical tax reform to ensure that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes in order to finance essential investments in workers and families, including childcare, nutrition, higher education and more. One of those reforms is a change in the way capital gains are treated...
                        U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA-08) this week blasted the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden for ending the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which Scott described as popular. Scott (pictured right) said this in an emailed newsletter to his constituents. Former U.S. President Donald Trump and...
    By MARTHA QUILLIN, The News & Observer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In 2017, Latonya Andrews bought a 60-acre tract of Warren County land to become the fourth generation of her family to farm it. A former Air Force medic who now works as a research assistant at UNC, she took a methodical approach to reintroducing agriculture on land that had...
    White farmers have voiced their frustration after President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package this week awarded $5billion to minority farmers while not offering them the same aid. The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act was introduced to the relief package by Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock in early February to provide immediate financial relief to black, indigenous, and...
    The $1.9 trillion federal spending package approved by President Joe Biden this week includes billions of dollars to help farmers of color pay off their loans, buy supplies for their land and otherwise invest in their operations.  The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, introduced by Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, provides $4 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
    Loading the player... President Biden’s allocation of $5 billion dollars in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) has Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina upset.  Well, the more accurate term for his anger is that he is having a temper tantrum about the sum of money earmarked for Black Farmers to help them survive. Overall, $10.4 billion is earmarked...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week the appointment of Gloria Montaño Greene as Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) and the appointment of Zach Ducheneaux as Administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). They will begin their positions on Monday, Feb. 22. Montaño Greene is...
    Texas snowstorm endangers people with chronic illnesses Biden to announce US will donate $4 billion for vaccines for poor countries U.S. farm exports to China are expected to hit a record $31.5 billion during President Joe Biden's first year in office, the U.S. Agriculture Department said in its latest quarterly forecast. © Keith Srakocic/AP Photo A bucket of yellow...
    Fourth generation cattle rancher Loren Poncia has made Stemple Creek Ranch carbon positive. He's implemented rotational cattle grazing systems that allow soil and grass to recover, applied compost on pastures and planted worm farms and chicory that aerate the soil.Courtesy of Paige Green FarmerResearch suggests removing carbon already in the atmosphere and replenishing soil worldwide could result in a 10%...
    Hong Kong will kill some 3,000 pigs after health officials discovered the African swine fever at a local farm, a report said Tuesday. The highly contagious bug was first discovered at a facility in Yuen Long last week, Bloomberg reported. The region’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department shut down the farm’s transporting of pigs and said 3,000...
    By Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — One leading candidate for agriculture secretary hails from Cleveland, has the backing of progressives and has worked for years to boost food stamp programs. Another is a former senator from farm-state North Dakota who has championed production agriculture and boasts of a voting record squarely in the middle. Three other possible...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One leading candidate for agriculture secretary hails from Cleveland, has the backing of progressives and has worked for years to boost food stamp programs. Another is a former senator from farm-state North Dakota who has championed production agriculture and boasts of a voting record squarely in the middle. Three other possible...
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited central Illinois on Monday to tout a food assistance program and laud farmers for the jobs they do amid the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made several stops in central Illinois Monday. At a stop in Springfield with U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, where the pair and...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government said Friday that it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they have experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released details of its plan that it said will provide “financial assistance that gives producers the...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government said Friday that it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they have experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released details of its plan that it said will provide “financial...
    To combat losses from the coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump’s tariff wars, farmers have received historic payouts from the government, Politico reports. The Agriculture Department has infused cash into the industry to help keep it afloat at record amounts with little strings attached or congressional oversight, according to farm policy experts. Experts told Politico that subsidies provided to farmers...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rally sparks self quarantine of dozens of Secret Service agents GOP: Trump needs a new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political ground shifts MORE ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a lifeline to the struggling Maine lobster industry that has been hit hard by his trade policies with China. Trump’s trade...
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