June 25, 1988 |
Grasshoppers are swarming over Gary Broyles' Montana farm, aphids are stealing sap from Bob Wallace's sugar beets in California and spider mites in Illinois have almost finished off Ron Mann's clover and are moving in on his soybeans. What the drought is not killing on the nation's farms, insects seem to be eating. "It is not like the plague or anything like that but locally insects can hurt some and potentially cause lower yields," said Dave Noetzel, a Minnesota entomologist.
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 26, 2001 |
Up before sunrise in a blowing snowstorm, John Faulkner is out in the barn repairing his truck. He'd driven home from Southern California just the night before but still must take more of his 12,000 sheep to Blythe for the winter. It's the grueling life of a third-generation sheepman, made all the more frustrating because he is losing money with every lamb he delivers to market. "My incentive for getting up on mornings like this," the 69-year-old rancher said, "is that I owe so much money."
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.
January 27, 1999 |
Tackling the touchy topic of antibiotic use in agriculture, regulators said Tuesday that they want to impose new restrictions to combat concerns that on-the-farm medication is creating drug-resistant germs that could wind up in the food supply. Advisors to the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged that the proposed rules need fine-tuning, but they added that most should go into effect. Makers of animal drugs, meanwhile, protested that the agency is drastically overreacting.