The Food Marketing Institute is trying to conceal how taxpayer dollars are being spent by recipients of the Supplemental Food Assistance Program. To date it’s been an almost eight-year court battle between South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper and USDA and FMI.
Breaking out major prognostic tools (including an 8-ball, Ouija board, paper fortune teller and dart board…yeah we’re high tech around here) here are some of the big agricultural issues on the horizon for 2019.
Generally speaking, pork barrel politics amounts to politicians trading favors to constituents or special interest groups for political support, often as campaign contributions. Pork barrel spending, better known as earmarks in federal spending bills, have surged in 2018. Who may be profiting this year? Smithfield Foods.
Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture cancellations of optional origin sales totaling 165,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2018/2019 marketing year.
Early, very early in the Trump Administration, I postulated that perhaps the POTUS wasn’t all that passionate about all things agricultural to the determinant of Big Ag in general and the individual farmer in particular.
Dave Dickey writes that until our kids know with certainty that a pickle is a cucumber or that french fries come from potatoes, there’s work to do. Without knowledge about agriculture, informed decisions are impossible.