Vilsack making race an issue in farm programs

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Gary Baise Commentaries Vilsack making race an issue in farm programs Five white farmers file suit in Wisconsin because they aren’t eligible for loan forgiveness. The United States Constitution absolutely forbids “discrimination by the general government…against any citizen because of his race.” This case is from 1896. “The liberty protected by the Fifth Amendment’s Due…

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Another legal attack on large-scale livestock farms

Another legal attack on large-scale livestock farms

Gary Baise Commentaries Another legal attack on large-scale livestock farms Despite ag stormwater runoff exemption, yet another environmental group takes EPA to court. Food and Water Watch filed a legal petition May 20th against EPA in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over EPA’s decision NOT to update wastewater guidelines involving concentrated animal feeding operations…

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Banks say ‘socially disadvantaged farmer’ payments harm their business

Banks say ‘socially disadvantaged farmer’ payments harm their business

Gary Baise Commentaries Banks say ‘socially disadvantaged farmer’ payments harm their business At least two lawsuits have been filed to stop government giveaway program based on race Not only does USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack face lawsuits involving the USDA program to compensate socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, he now has the commercial banking industry and…

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These scientists claim modern farming is killing people

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Gary Baise Commentaries These scientists claim modern farming is killing people More deaths allegedly caused by poor air quality, livestock practices. The National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. (NAS) has published proceedings titled, “Air Quality-related health damages of food,” which claim agriculture is a major contributor to air pollution in the U.S. and worldwide. “Poor air…

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Lawsuits filed over USDA’s ‘socially disadvantaged farmer’ benefits

Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller.

Gary Baise Commentaries Lawsuits filed over USDA’s ‘socially disadvantaged farmer’ benefits Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller. “Socially disadvantaged” ancestry is necessary to qualify one as a member of a socially disadvantaged group, and as such, to qualify for certain government programs. But what does that really mean, especially for U.S. farmers? Plessy, of Plessy v Ferguson case…

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Biden’s first 100 days for agriculture

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Gary Baise Commentaries Biden’s first 100 days for agriculture Administration offers relief for socially disadvantaged farmers, but climate, carbon initiatives still undefined. President Biden has finished his first 100 days in office. In the first 100 days, the president has introduced a plan that extends SNAP benefits through September for about $28 per person per…

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Rural America skeptical of Biden’s climate agenda

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Gary Baise Commentaries Rural America skeptical of Biden’s climate agenda Vilsack, Biden balance demands and needs of environmentalists and agricultural groups in climate change debate. This week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requested comments on President Biden’s Climate Crisis Executive Order, to ensure that all relevant information is considered by USDA from tribes, farmers, ranchers, forest…

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Biden’s climate crisis: real or imagined?

Biden’s climate crisis: real or imagined?

Gary Baise Commentaries Biden’s climate crisis: real or imagined? President Biden issued an Executive Order on January 27, 2021, putting the climate crisis at the center of the United States’ national security. His order says, “The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis.” He further states, “Domestic action must go hand in…

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Global warming: truth or propaganda?

Global warming: truth or propaganda?

Gary Baise Commentaries Global warming: truth or propaganda? The news media is filled with reports about how the Biden administration, via USDA, will attempt to mitigate climate change through agriculture. I’m going to introduce to you two people who have differing opinions on the issue. On one side is Dr. Michael S. Coffman, former paper company…

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