While many farmers and ranchers have been successful in reducing their carbon footprint, making significant new progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require government assistance and new financial incentives, especially now that farmers are struggling to cope with depressed commodity prices, senators were told Tuesday.
Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make agribusiness consolidation into a campaign issue, and some Republicans as well as farmers also worry that recent mergers are increasingly making it harder for growers to make a profit.
Africa’s uneasy history with agricultural biotechnology can be summed up by what’s growing, and not growing, on a small research farm in central Malawi, one of the poorest and most food-insecure countries on the planet.
The Environmental Protection Agency has until 2022 to reevaluate the registration for chlorpyrifos, but the leader of the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention doesn’t expect it to take that long.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested to lawmakers that his department could soften the definition of able-bodied adults who are subject to food stamp work requirements, but he declined to budge from a USDA reorganization plan to relocate two research agencies out of the nation's capital.
Agri-Pulse recently observed airport inspections and spoke with other government officials to gain an inside look at the efforts to prevent and detect African Swine Fever, a fatal disease ripping through European and Asian pork production.
There is hope for ensuring the world has enough clean, fresh water in the near future, despite an ever-increasing world population that requires more water and food, a new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs says. But the task is enormous.