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Racial reparations at the USDA

The worst conceived Biden administration policy you’ve probably never heard of is Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Section 1005 provides a remedy for past discrimination against minority farmers in lending and other practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The problem is not the premise of Section 1005. The USDA has a long, ugly history of favoring White farmers over Black farmers.
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House Ag Chair Scott Comments on USDA Discrimination Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NAFB) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott calls lawsuits against aid for minority farmers “shameful.”. Congress provided the Department of Agriculture funds to provide debt relief to Black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander farmers. However, several farmers, including Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, are suing USDA over the aid program included in the American Rescue Plan relief package.
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USDA provides safety tips for grilling for pros and beginners

WASHINGTON – As millions of Americans welcome summer, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds people to keep it safe: follow the latest CDC guidance for COVID-19 and remember your food safety practices. Rates of foodborne illness tend to increase during the summer months because germs grow faster in...
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Is Mississippi losing the catfish wars? Flood of fish imports continues despite USDA oversight

Mississippi farmers are losing the catfish wars against their foreign competitors with the very weapon they saw as their salvation. The domestic catfish industry along with representatives like the late U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi lobbied to move oversight of catfish processing from the Food and Drug Administration to the U.S. Department of Agriculture five years ago with the expectation the USDA’s stricter eye would limit the foreign imports that had decimated domestic production throughout the Mississippi Delta.
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USDA program to increase capacity, access in meat and poultry inspection operations

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USDA Update – June 22, 2021

CRP signup dates - General SU 56 - June 14 - July 23. Disclaimer: Information in this UPDATE is pertinent to Kiowa County FSA only. Producers reading this and that do not have FSA interest in Kiowa County are advised to contact their local FSA Office. THE USDA SERVICE CENTER...
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USDA Invests $55.2 Million in Meat and Poultry Inspection Operations

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Weekly USDA crop report

SPRINGFIELD – There were 6.1 days suitable for field work during the week ending June 20. Statewide, the average temperature was 75.2 degrees, 2.2 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.72 inches, 0.27 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 4 percent very short, 28 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 4 percent very short, 30 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.
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Former Las Cruces Lawmaker May be Headed to USDA

A former Las Cruces lawmaker may be headed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Former U.S. Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small was nominated this week as undersecretary of rural development at the USDA. KVIA reported Saturday that New Mexico U.S. Senator Ben Ray Lujan says Torres Small is an effective and empathic problem solver. She is a water rights attorney and also served on the House Agriculture Committee during her time in Congress.