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The Guardian, a left-of-center U.K. newspaper, is publishing a series titled Animals Farmed to examine “the global impact of intensive farming practices and exploring sustainable solutions.” The articles so far have been highly critical of America’s modern farm animal production methods, even intimating that U.S. meat isn’t safe. The U.S. livestock industry has responded, taking The Guardian to task for … Read More

LIVESTOCK TRUCKERS NEED RELIEF FROM DRIVING RULES

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Congress approves legislation, and, generally, the public knows what it would do. But the regulations that implement our laws can make one’s eyes glaze over – and cause real problems for those who must comply with them. Such is the case with a federal rule mandating that truckers replace the simple and inexpensive paper driving logs they’ve used for decades … Read More

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY WANTS SEPARATE IMMIGRATION BILL FOR FARMS

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week gave a boost to a bill that would help address the farm labor shortage. The secretary called for separate immigration legislation for agriculture. “The people who come to America to work on farms and ranches are not taking jobs from Americans. They are not the ones putting a burden on the criminal justice system … Read More

TRADE RECIPROCITY

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Thailand sends a lot of products to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which gives duty-free treatment to goods coming into the country. In fact, the southeast Asian nation is the second largest recipient of GSP benefits, with $3.9 billion of GSP-eligible products exported to the United States in 2016. The problem is that trade doesn’t … Read More

HOT AIR TAX?

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In looking to offset carbon emissions as a way to address climate change, EU countries have opened the door to taxing meat. That’s troubling because it’s based on dubious data and because of the impact it would have, if implemented, on global food prices. At a climate summit last November in Bonn, Germany, signatory nations to the Paris climate accord … Read More

Legislation Addresses Agricultural Labor Shortage

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There seems to be some bipartisan momentum for finally reforming our broken immigration system, and legislation introduced yesterday in the House to do that also could help address the agriculture industry’s labor shortage. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Reps. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday offered a … Read More

PLAN FOR THE HEARTLAND

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President Trump yesterday unveiled his blueprint for spurring rural development and prosperity, and there’s a lot in the plan that farmers can embrace. Recommendations from the White House Ag and Rural Prosperity Task Force include ones on agricultural labor, trade, broadband access and regulations, which have put a damper on the farm economy. Much of the task force plan – … Read More

ON KORUS REDO, U.S. AGRICULTURE WANTS TO MAKE GOOD DEAL BETTER

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Much of the Trump administration’s trade agenda over the past year has focused on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – a sixth round of talks on that is set to begin Jan. 23 in Montreal – but this week the president’s trade team turns to the deal with Korea. No, not the country ruled by “Rocket Man,” … Read More

Hog Farmers Do What’s Right To Provide Safe Food

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As you slice into that Christmas ham in a couple of days, please remember that one of the country’s 60,000 hog farmers devoted a lot of time, energy and resources to provide you with that safe, wholesome and affordable pork. Also remember that those farmers gave a lot of care to every animal they raised. That’s not what the public … Read More