What you should know about Biden’s net-zero ag emissions manifesto

Gary Baise Commentaries What you should know about Biden’s net-zero ag emissions manifesto Get to know Robert Bonnie, one of the leading voices in Biden’s climate change strategy. According to recommendations in the Biden-Sanders unity task force document published last summer, “Democrats will partner with farmers to make the American agriculture sector the first in the world…

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Joe Biden

Gary Baise Commentaries Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations: What about ag? Large livestock farms may get new scrutiny in Biden climate policies. With the presidential inauguration of former vice president Joe Biden expected this month, it is time to look at how the future president may treat agriculture. Let’s start with Biden’s and Vermont Sen.…

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That $900 billion stimulus package includes pork – lots of it

Gary Baise Commentaries That $900 billion stimulus package includes pork – lots of it Congress has no problem spending money on agriculture — or gender studies in Pakistan Congress has passed, and the President has signed, the $900 billion stimulus package. There’s a lot of pork in the bill, and it includes USDA. What is…

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Agricultural workers win overtime case

Gary Baise Commentaries Agricultural workers win overtime case The Supreme Court for the state of Washington found on November 5, 2020, that a Washington State provision exempting agricultural workers from overtime pay violated the state’s constitution. Dan Wood, executive director, Washington State Dairy Federation, noted that many farms paid $18 -$20 an hour for all…

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Farmers should applaud this air emissions rule

Gary Baise Commentaries Farmers should applaud this air emissions rule Amid a burst of last-minute moves, the Trump administration tries to limit tougher clean air measures. December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy – is remembered for Japan attacking the United States. Another momentous decision made on this date which will…

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USDA Building, Washington, DC

Gary Baise Commentaries Who is Marcia Fudge for USDA Secretary? The Ohio congresswoman once called President Trump a “clear and present danger to our Democracy.” The Ohio congresswoman once called President Trump a “clear and present danger to our Democracy.” President-Select Biden is considering a Congresswoman for USDA Secretary who last year read a letter…

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The book, written by a Midwest farmer, shows why soil health is next step in stopping world hunger.

Gary Baise Commentaries Need inspiration? Pick up Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World The book, written by a Midwest farmer, shows why soil health is next step in stopping world hunger. During the week of Thanksgiving I picked up a book at our law firm called “Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World”. The…

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Thanksgiving turkeys: How Washington spends your money

Gary Baise Commentaries Thanksgiving turkeys: How Washington spends your money The latest list of ways your tax money gets wasted. It is that time of year again: time to list some of the silly and stupid expenditures of your tax money to ruin your Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) does a great…

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Biden loads up on lawyers to review EPA

Gary Baise Commentaries Biden loads up on lawyers to review EPA If Biden Wins Agriculture is in for an interesting ride these next four years. Joe Biden has announced his EPA review team, many of whom are lawyers from some of the nation’s largest legal firms. Agriculture is in for an interesting ride. Patrice Lumumba…

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President-elect Biden plans to rejoin Paris Climate Accord

Gary Baise Commentaries Biden plans to rejoin Paris Climate Accord Environmental activist groups are hopping mad after EPA allowed farmers to continue over-the-top in-season spraying of dicamba-based products through July 31, even after a federal court suspended its use last week. That’s why the Center for Food Safety and The Center for Biological Diversity filed an Emergency Motion last…

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