November 10, 1994 |
Farmers are expecting a record corn harvest this year, but it will probably mean lower prices. The U.S. Agriculture Department is also forecasting new production records for soybeans and cotton. The department predicted Wednesday that corn production will total 10 billion bushels, breaking the previous record of 9.48 billion set in 1992. The forecast was based on field surveys conducted Nov. 1.
October 2, 1997 |
Warning that a labor shortage looms at the nation's farms, growers from California and elsewhere are praising a federal measure that would temporarily open the border to thousands of undocumented Mexican migrant workers. Countering in this decades-old debate, migrant worker advocates say such a guest worker program would unfairly reduce farm laborers' wages and benefits and would likely exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.
October 11, 1997 |
The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee is proposing that the tobacco industry pay farmers $15 billion to stop growing tobacco as part of the national tobacco settlement. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said Friday that tobacco price supports and federal growing quotas should be phased out within four years, with farmers given financial incentives to shift to other crops or to reduce their tobacco acreage.
August 27, 1992 |
Few city dwellers and suburbanites are probably aware of this simple fact: American agriculture is larger than either the country's massive defense establishment or health care system. Even in our so-called "post-industrial economy," more than 16% of America's GNP comes from the soil.