In recent years, there’s been a great deal of talk about how agriculture can help solve the climate crisis with reports released by both the House and Senate agriculture committees. The climate issue is being addressed during the transition to President-elect Joe Biden.
One of President-elect Joe Biden’s first and most important tasks will be appointing members to his Cabinet. Of the most immediate relevance and concern to the agriculture industry are the appointments to the USDA, Department of the Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency.
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It didn’t take long for the ink to dry on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) ruling to delist gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) before two separate environmental coalitions filed their intent to sue for the restoration of the listing. Read more
Water is the most important natural resource in the world, and in an agriculture-rich state like California, much of a farmer or rancher’s bottom line can be tied to the cost of water. That bottom line may be called into question with the addition of a CME water futures contract. Read more
Environmentalist groups are blaming domestic sheep grazing on public lands as the culprits for spreading pneumonia to wild bighorn sheep populations. Washington and Oregon’s Departments of Fish and Wildlife have each reported incidences of pneumonia in bighorn sheep herds. Read more
With the outbreak of COVID-19 exposing flaws in cattle markets, several pieces of legislation were introduced this year running up to the election. This is not an entire list of all legislation introduced this past year, but those which had the most attention from agriculture organizations. Read more
Ranchers and landowners are increasingly turning to organizations and lobbying agencies in hopes to create action from lawmakers in the wake of a disastrous fire season. Read more
Researchers at USDA’s Economic Research Service recently evaluated the potential impacts of the European Commission’s Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity Strategies initiative that calls for restrictions in the use of agricultural inputs such as land, antimicrobials, fertilizers, and pesticides in EU agricultural production. Read more
Thanksgiving celebrations will look different for many Americans this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Farm Bureau’s 35th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast for 10 remains affordable at $46.90 or less than $5 per person. Read more
The Lemhi River meanders for 60 miles through a big valley in this quiet corner of eastern Idaho before it flows into the Salmon River. Read more
Animal identification has been on my mind the past few months, ever since USDA announced they want you all to start using radio-frequency ID (RFID) tags instead of the metal bangs tags you get today.
Water is in short supply in the West as it has always been. Last week, we learned the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is going to try and capitalize on Western water, specifically California water.