There Is Way More Biden Can Do to Lower Prices

No one wants to hear politicians bicker about inflation’s cause. They want to hear about how we can fix it.

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U.S. Military Airlifts Baby Formula From Europe

A shipment that arrived on Sunday was the first of two intended to address shortages in the United States. Another shipment is set to arrive this week, the White House said.

#agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #food-and-drug-administration, #infant-formulas, #shortages, #vilsack-tom

The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold?

The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

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You Shouldn’t Need a Doctor’s Note to Switch Formula Brands

The formula shortage is temporary. Changes to WIC should be permanent.

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Biden Has Already Done More for Rural America Than Trump

Democrats should let voters know about their successes — and run on Democratic values.

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Dozens of Bald Eagles Have Died From Bird Flu

The H5N1 strain of avian influenza is spreading among many raptors and wild birds, including the national bird.

#agriculture-department, #avian-influenza, #bald-eagles, #birds, #your-feed-science

Fraud Investigation in Food Aid Puts Focus on Role of Nonprofits

The F.B.I. is investigating what it called a “massive fraud scheme” in the Minneapolis area as the government cracks down on misuse of pandemic assistance.

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Avian Flu Spread in the US Worries Poultry Industry

Though the risk to humans is low, scientists warn that outbreaks among farmed birds increase the potential for the virus to mutate and pose a threat to humans.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #avian-influenza, #birds, #chickens, #international-trade-and-world-market, #turkeys, #viruses

Black Farmers Fear Foreclosure as Debt Relief Remains Frozen

Lawsuits from white farmers have blocked $4 billion of pandemic aid that was allocated to Black farmers in the American Rescue Plan.

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U.S. Lifts Temporary Ban on Avocados From Mexico

The ban was issued last week after a U.S. inspector was verbally threatened in the state of Michoacán in Mexico.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #avocados, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mexico, #united-states

U.S. Temporarily Bans Avocados From Mexico, Citing Threat

The move is a blow to the Mexican state of Michoacán, which exports roughly $3 billion worth of the fruit annually.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #avocados, #drug-cartels, #international-trade-and-world-market, #michoacan-mexico

Questions Remain After Highway Crash Involving Monkeys

A Pennsylvania woman who had contact with them says she has signs of illness, but no one else has reported symptoms. And the airline that shipped them is getting out of the business.

#agriculture-department, #airlines-and-airplanes, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #danville-pa, #kenya-airways, #monkeys-and-apes, #pennsylvania, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #rabies, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

The Rampaging Pigs of the San Francisco Bay Area

A proposed California law would make it easier to hunt feral swine, the voracious ‘super invaders’ that are the bane of some East Bay suburbs.

#agriculture-department, #alameda-calif, #hunting-and-trapping, #pigs

Biden Administration Announces Plan to Spend Billions to Prevent Wildfires

The plan is an expensive one, but it is only partially funded.

#agriculture-department, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Organic Milk Farmers in Northeast Under Pressure as Processors Look West

Organic milk has been a lifeline for small farms in Maine and other New England states. Now those farms are facing trouble as milk processors look to huge dairies in Western states.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #augusta-me, #cattle, #colorado, #dairy-products, #lactalis-group, #maine, #milk, #new-england-states-us, #new-hampshire, #northeastern-states-us, #organic-foods-and-products, #organic-valley-cooperative, #stonyfield-farm, #university-of-maine, #vilsack-tom

Record Beef Prices, but Ranchers Aren’t Cashing In

“You’re feeding America and going broke doing it”: After years of consolidation, four companies dominate the meatpacking industry, while many ranchers are barely hanging on.

#agriculture-department, #american-meat-institute, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #beef, #cattle, #federal-trade-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #meat, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #ranches, #supply-chain

Biden Turns to Antitrust Enforcers to Combat Inflation

A wide-ranging presidential order helped block a railroad merger and tackle supply-chain problems, and it is planting the seeds for bigger actions.

#agriculture-department, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-maritime-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #inflation-economics, #meat, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Prices Rise Due to Inflation, Biden Turns to Antitrust Enforcers

A wide-ranging presidential order helped block a railroad merger and tackle supply-chain problems, and it is planting the seeds for bigger actions.

#agriculture-department, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-maritime-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #inflation-economics, #meat, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Infrastructure Bill Makes First Major U.S. Investment in Climate Resilience

The measure includes $47 billion to help communities prepare for the new age of extreme fires, floods, storms and droughts that scientists say are worsened by human-caused climate change.

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Owner of Maryland’s Runaway Zebras Is Charged With Animal Cruelty

Jerry Lee Holly, 76, was charged a month after one of the wayward zebras was found dead in an illegal snare trap in Upper Marlboro, Md.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #maryland, #prince-georges-county-md, #upper-marlboro-md, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zebras

Wayward Zebra Found Dead in Illegal Snare Trap in Maryland

The state’s Natural Resources Police said they did not know who had set the illegal trap on private property in Upper Marlboro, about 20 miles southeast of Washington.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #maryland, #upper-marlboro-md, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zebras

Die, Beautiful Spotted Lanternfly, Die

There’s a new natural predator in New York City, and the government wants us to kill it. Can we summon the resolve?

#agriculture-department, #brooklyn-botanic-garden, #invasive-species, #new-york-city, #spotted-lanternflies

Runaways in Stripes: Five Zebras Are on the Loose in Maryland

The zebras, which have been wandering freely along the byways of Prince George’s County, were part of a herd of 39 that belonged to a privately owned farm, officials said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #prince-georges-county-md, #zebras

Vast Expansion in Aid Kept Food Insecurity From Growing Last Year

Despite the economic downturn, government figures for 2020 show no overall rise in hunger of the sort typical in past recessions. But some groups still suffered.

#agriculture-department, #american-enterprise-institute-for-public-policy-research, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #trump-donald-j, #urban-institute

Why Lawsuits Over ‘Misleading’ Food Labels Are Surging

A flurry of litigation by advocacy groups seeks to combat what they say is a rise in deceptive marketing by food giants.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #butterball-llc, #cargill-inc, #consumer-protection, #dairy-products, #food, #labeling-and-labels-product, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #seafood, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkeys, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump

Hundreds of scientists and policy experts left the government during the Trump administration. The jobs remain unfilled six months into President Biden’s term.

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To Kill a Swan? Dispute Over a Bird’s Fate Ends With a Twist.

A mute swan, beloved by some, was set to be euthanized after wildlife officials deemed him dangerously aggressive. Then something unexpected happened.

#agriculture-department, #department-of-environmental-protection-nj, #invasive-species, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-division-of-fish-and-wildlife, #swans

Judge Blocks $4 Billion U.S. Debt Relief Program for Minority Farmers

The aid program, part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that Congress passed in March, is intended to help farmers who have endured generations of racial discrimination.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #minorities, #national-black-farmers-assn, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #wynn-scott

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

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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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.

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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

Joe Biden Should Build on Common Ground

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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