January 6, 1999 |
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture on Tuesday reached an agreement that will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to at least 3,500 black farmers who have complained for more than a decade that federal officials denied them loans that were routinely issued to white farmers. Under terms of the settlement, individual farmers with verifiable complaints will receive tax-free cash payments of at least $50,000, said legal sources.
September 6, 1998 |
With demand from Asia sinking, pork is no longer bringing home the bacon for Hoosier farmer Jim Moseley. "The reason we have $28 pigs now," said Moseley, recalling the days of $52 hogs, "is we had built a substantial demand base in Japan and Taiwan. The Asian crisis is hurting us." He has lots of company. The nation's agricultural producers are feeling pinched as a falloff in Asian demand for grains, meats, cotton and produce takes a multibillion-dollar bite out of U.S. farm exports.
December 27, 1989 |
If you've been under the impression after your weekly trip to the grocery store that you've been paying more for milk products, you're right. In fact, government tinkering, exports and the weather are to blame for a nearly 9% increase in consumer prices for dairy products in the past year, dairy experts say. According to government figures, that is more than double the rate that prices in general have gone up in 1989 and half again as much as all food prices.
December 28, 2000 |
The buffalo bunch up on the ranch out here, big and very dark against the flat forever of the sky. They rip at the prairie grass. They call to one another in a dusky purr. Dan O'Brien watches, content. These are his buffalo. And this is how he wants them to live: free to roam, free to graze, free to mate, right up until the very end--when he picks a few young bulls and shoots them, out on the prairie, so he can sell their meat. It's a vision he is committed to, with passion.
July 1, 2001 |
For nine years, two dozen genetic engineers struggled to create a simple soybean that would stand up to a killer herbicide. After tens of thousands of mistakes, they thought they might have done it: They had created 100 seedlings laced with DNA from soil bacteria, a cauliflower virus and a petunia plant. They planned to test them cautiously in their Monsanto Co. labs. But an eager executive decided to test them all, to douse every plant with a highly potent concentration of the herbicide.
September 19, 1997 |
Tobacco growers Thursday urged Congress not to let their financial stability be ruined by the proposed tobacco settlement, which could reduce farm income by lowering cigarette consumption and demand for tobacco leaf. "I was born to a tobacco farmer. I do not like being condemned because I was not born to a rice farmer or a wheat grower," Rod Kuegel of Owensboro, Ky., told the Senate Agriculture Committee.
August 4, 1999 |
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a Democrat-backed $11-billion bailout of the farm economy in favor of a smaller Republican package. But lawmakers said they hoped to work out a bipartisan compromise later this week. "There's bipartisan recognition that there's a disaster out there," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). The Republican-controlled Senate defeated the Democratic plan, 54 to 44, after Democrats, in a 51-47 vote, narrowly failed to kill the $7-billion GOP emergency farm package.
June 18, 1999 |
Underscoring concern over the growing use of genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods, the environmental group Greenpeace released a study Thursday that shows three top baby food and nutritional products contain DNA from genetically engineered corn and soybeans. The study of eight popular products taken from grocery shelves earlier this year is part of a larger campaign by environmentalists and consumer groups to persuade lawmakers and the U.S.
February 4, 1999 |
President Clinton issued an executive order to expand federal efforts to combat the growing problems created by the quiet influx of foreign plants and animals into the U.S. Troublesome alien species, such as the Chinese mitten crab and the voracious Asian long-horned beetle, are costing Americans tens of billions of dollars and threatening entire ecosystems. Three senior administration officials will head a new interagency Invasive Species Council.
April 29, 1999 |
The White House abandoned a major economic weapon against renegade nations Wednesday and said the United States would no longer restrict their purchase of American food, medicine and medical supplies. The announcement marks a major departure in U.S. economic, foreign and farm policy. As a result, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Sudan could eventually gain access to U.S. supplies, which have been largely off limits.