HOT AIR TAX?

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 …

Legislation Addresses Agricultural Labor Shortage

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 …

PLAN FOR THE HEARTLAND

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 – …

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

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,” …

Hog Farmers Do What’s Right To Provide Safe Food

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 …