Last chance for courts to stave off economic disaster for livestock farmers

Last chance for courts to stave off economic disaster for livestock farmers

Gary Baise Commentaries Environmentalists want the Court to punish EPA. If the Court does so, a new chapter will be written for pesticide use. California law would force all pork, veal farms to spend millions to meet arbitrary building guidelines Last week’s blog on July 15 painted a bleak picture about how California’s, Proposition 12 law will…

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Agriculture loses in U.S. Supreme Court

Agriculture loses in U.S. Supreme Court

Gary Baise Commentaries Agriculture loses in U.S. Supreme Court A law out of California will force hog and veal producers to restructure their facilities to meet confinement standards. In a 41-page publication, the United States Supreme Court in case 20-1215 North American Meat Institute (NAMI) v Bonta, Attorney General of California denied certiorari to review…

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Farmers win temporarily in court against Vilsack’s USDA

Farmers win temporarily in court against Vilsack’s USDA

Gary Baise Commentaries Farmers win temporarily in court against Vilsack’s USDA Farmers win temporarily in court against Vilsack’s USDA Vilsack faces a court battle in Wisconsin over loan forgiveness. Judge William Griesbach, appointed by George W. Bush, issued a court ruling June 10 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that a temporary restraining order (TRO) shall be…

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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

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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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