A Windfall for Minority Farmers Divides Rural America

A $4 billion federal fund meant to confront how racial injustice has shaped American farming has angered white farmers who say they are being unfairly excluded.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #black-people, #discrimination, #national-black-farmers-assn, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states, #whites

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69 Big Cats Are Seized From Jeffrey Lowe, a Figure in ‘Tiger King’

Mr. Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, are the latest figures from the Netflix series to face prosecutions by the U.S. government.

#agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #justice-department, #lowe-jeffrey-1964, #oklahoma, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Banks Fight $4 Billion Debt Relief Plan for Black Farmers

Lenders are pressuring the Agriculture Department to give them more money, saying quick repayments will cut into profits.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #american-bankers-assn, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #compensation-for-damages-law, #credit-and-debt, #discrimination, #independent-community-bankers-of-america, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #minorities, #national-rural-lenders-association, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Biden Effort to Combat Hunger Marks ‘a Profound Change’

As millions of Americans lack enough to eat, the administration is rapidly increasing aid — with an eye toward a permanent safety net expansion.

#agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food, #food-insecurity, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom, #welfare-us

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Biden Administration Ramps Up Debt Relief Program to Help Black Farmers

The initiative, which is being run through the Agriculture Department, is at the center of the White House’s racial equity agenda.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #credit-and-debt, #discrimination, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Black Farmers May Finally Get the Help They Deserve

A debt-relief program would be a step in repairing more than a century of discrimination by the Department of Agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #booker-cory-a, #discrimination, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

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Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

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The Government Agencies That Became Smaller, and Unhappier, Under Trump

The total federal civilian work force is slightly larger than four years ago, as a few agencies grew even as others shrank. In some places, morale also took a hit.

#agriculture-department, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-budget-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms

The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack’s Big Plan to Save Rural America

Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack plan to take swift action on climate change proposals.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #democratic-party, #farm-bill-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #iowa, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #united-states, #vilsack-tom, #wind-power

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How America’s Food System Could Change Under Biden

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #kass-sam, #organic-foods-and-products, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

The government’s new nutritional recommendations arrive amid a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on American health.

#agriculture-department, #alcoholic-beverages, #breastfeeding, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #health-and-human-services-department, #men-and-boys, #obesity, #oils-and-fats, #omega-3-fatty-acids, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #science-and-technology, #united-states, #weight, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas

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Joe Biden Should Build on Common Ground

There is progress to be made on policies most Americans support.

#agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #pelosi-nancy, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Picks Marcia Fudge for HUD and Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary

Ms. Fudge, a House member from Ohio, would be the second African-American Biden cabinet member chosen in two days. Mr. Vilsack would reprise his role from the Obama administration.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fudge-marcia-l, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Goodbye, U.S.D.A., Hello, Department of Food and Well-Being

It’s time the secretary of agriculture leverages the department’s impact for more than the benefit of agribusiness.

#agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #food, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clyburn-james-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #endorsements, #food-insecurity, #fudge-marcia-l, #heitkamp-heidi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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School Lunch Program Supplier Sold Juice With High Arsenic Levels, U.S. Says in Lawsuit

F.D.A. inspectors also said that the supplier, Valley Processing of Sunnyside, Wash., used rotting or moldy apples and pears, in addition to expired concentrate, to make juice.

#agriculture-department, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #fruit, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #valley-processing-sunnyside-wa

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Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #center-for-biological-diversity, #croplife-america, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fungi, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pesticides, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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Amazon Bans Sale of Foreign Seeds in the U.S.

The company’s decision comes after thousands of U.S. residents reported receiving unsolicited packets of seed from China, prompting all 50 states to issue safety warnings.

#agriculture-department, #amazon-com-inc, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #e-commerce, #seeds, #united-states

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Federal Government Relaxes Rules on Feeding Low-Income Students

Under pressure from Congress, the Agriculture Department agreed to extend special rules making it easier for schools to provide subsidized meals, but only through December.

#agriculture-department, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #food-insecurity, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #perdue-sonny, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

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Coronavirus Strikes Mink in Utah

Five animals on two farms test positive, but many more are believed to be affected.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animals, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #minks-animals, #netherlands, #utah

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States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

Agriculture officials in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia and Washington State are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #china, #kansas, #louisiana, #seeds, #virginia, #washington-state

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Are You Eligible for Food Stamps Now? Maybe, but It’s Complex

States run SNAP, and many students and older people don’t realize they’re eligible. Without more federal support, millions more may qualify.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #feeding-america, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #internal-essential, #personal-finances

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Should We Be Drinking Less?

Scientists helping to update the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are taking a harder stance on alcohol.

#agriculture-department, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #bmj-journal, #cancer, #content-type-service, #deaths-fatalities, #diet-and-nutrition, #health-and-human-services-department, #heart, #men-and-boys, #national-cancer-institute, #obesity, #weight, #women-and-girls

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How You Get Your Berries: Migrant Workers Who Fear Virus, but Toil On

Many laborers in New Jersey follow the ripening of crops up the East Coast. Each influx of new workers brings the risk of a fresh outbreak.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #blueberries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #fruit, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #new-jersey, #shortages, #states-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Food Pantries Are No Substitute for the SNAP Program

Instead of beefing up the SNAP program during the pandemic, the government opts for a return to Depression-era food lines.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #food-stamps, #great-depression-1930s, #perdue-sonny, #welfare-us

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Farmers Get Billions in Virus Aid, and Democrats Are Wary

As the administration sends up to $16 billion in additional subsidies, critics are concerned that the funds could be used to ensure that the president maintains the backing of one of his key voting blocs.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #crop-controls-and-subsidies, #federal-aid-us, #midwestern-states-us, #perdue-sonny, #presidential-election-of-2020, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

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North Carolina Dog Was Not Infected With Coronavirus, U.S.D.A. Says

A small amount of the virus was detected in a swab of saliva from Winston, a 2-year-old pug, but he was not infected, the agency said.

#agriculture-department, #american-veterinary-medical-assn, #chapel-hill-nc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #duke-university, #north-carolina, #tests-medical

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A New Viral Outbreak Is Killing Rabbits

This virus is deadly, long-lived and highly contagious, but it doesn’t affect people or other animals.

#agriculture-department, #animals, #arizona, #australia, #california, #canada, #colorado, #epidemics, #house-rabbit-society, #nevada, #new-mexico, #north-america, #rabbits, #texas, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-science

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As Hunger Spreads With Coronavirus Pandemic, Government Takes Timid Steps

The Trump administration has taken some steps to address spreading hunger during the economic crisis, but it has shied away from expanding programs that could provide more immediate relief.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Food Stamps Can Help Fight Hunger During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Funding food banks while not expanding food stamps is a solution driven by ideology rather than effectiveness.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-aid, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-stamps, #perdue-sonny, #united-states

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For Most Food Stamp Users, Online Shopping Isn’t an Option

Rules and store technology can impede Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, but a pilot effort to expand access is picking up speed.

#agriculture-department, #amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #food-stamps, #kroger-company, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #walmart-stores-inc

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The Trump Administration’s Legal Moves to Prevent a Meat Shortage, Explained

Contrary to misunderstandings, the actions fall short of ordering meatpacking facilities to reopen despite Covid-19 outbreaks among workers.

#agriculture-department, #baker-james-e, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-department-us, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #perdue-sonny, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pug in North Carolina Tests Positive for the Coronavirus, Researchers Say

A team at Duke University detected the virus in the dog this month.

#agriculture-department, #american-veterinary-medical-assn, #animals, #cats, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #duke-university, #pets, #research, #tests-medical, #veterinary-medicine

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Two Cats Are First U.S. Pets to Test Positive for Coronavirus

The animals appear to have mild symptoms and likely caught the virus from their owners. And there’s no evidence pets can pass it to humans.

#agriculture-department, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pets, #tests-medical, #tigers, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-healthcare

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Coronavirus Turns School Cafeterias into Soup Kitchens

Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.

#agriculture-department, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-stamps, #quarantines, #united-states-economy, #welfare-us

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Trump School Nutrition Rule Struck Down

A federal district judge has ruled that the Agriculture Department’s regulation easing sodium and whole-grain standards in school meals violated regulatory law.

#agriculture-department, #decisions-and-verdicts, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #federal-courts-us, #food, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #obama-michelle, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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