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Supreme Court to review California’s Prop 12

By Gary Baise | March 30, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries Supreme Court to review California’s Prop 12 On February 26, 2021 the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) requested the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether California can set the standards for animal agriculture, based on the state’s controversial Prop 12 law. How agriculture produces meat in our society, and whether California gets…

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Can ammonia be regulated under the Clean Water Act?

By Gary Baise | March 23, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries Can ammonia be regulated under the Clean Water Act? If this judge’s decision stands, drift from a farm operation or odor containing a pollutant will need to be regulated. Sharon V. Burrell, a judge for the Circuit Court in Montgomery, Maryland, on March 11, 2021, ruled that the Maryland Department of Environment…

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Are you socially disadvantaged?

By Gary Baise | March 16, 2021

The Biden Administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill includes $5 billion for financial aid to farmers of color who allegedly have been discriminated against by USDA. U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia was able to insert his Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act into the bill.

Sen. Warnock said he wanted to “…ensure equity in our recovery efforts and address longstanding injustices that have left some communities behind for far too long…”

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Waiver no more: Ethanol court decision helps corn farmers

Waiver no more: Ethanol court decision helps corn farmers

By Gary Baise | March 9, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries Waiver no more: Ethanol court decision helps corn farmers A recent decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be another brick in the wall pushing up corn prices. A U.S. Supreme Court Certiorari, or judicial review of a decision in a lower court, made the difference. Here’s what happened In late 2020…

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Is Bill Gates your farming neighbor?

Is Bill Gates your farming neighbor?

By Gary Baise | March 2, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries Is Bill Gates your farming neighbor? The Microsoft founder and billionaire allegedly owns over a quarter of a million acres. The Land Report which claims it is “the magazine of the American landowner” on January 11 posted a story claiming that Bill and Melinda Gates were the top farmland owners in the United States!…

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Smithfield-Murphy Brown’s loss: One judge got it right

Smithfield-Murphy Brown’s loss: One judge got it right

By Gary Baise | February 25, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries Smithfield-Murphy Brown’s loss: One judge got it right One of the three circuit judges in the Smithfield Murphy-Brown court case loss (reported here last week) was Steven Agee, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He was appointed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush.  He graduated…

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Smithfield’s court loss may spell trouble for large-scale livestock farmers

Smithfield’s court loss may spell trouble for large-scale livestock farmers

By Gary Baise | February 16, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries Smithfield’s court loss may spell trouble for large-scale livestock farmers The agricultural world changed on November 19, 2020, and few in our business noticed. Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, lost a major case on November 19, 2020. With Thanksgiving activities and election allegations, little attention was paid to this loss other…

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Climate 21 Project transition memo outlines priorities for new USDA secretary.

This memo could offer clues to future Biden climate policies

By Gary Baise | February 2, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries This memo could offer clues to future Biden climate policies Climate 21 Project transition memo outlines priorities for new USDA secretary. Robert Bonnie, former Under-Secretary at USDA, along with Leslie Jones, former Deputy Undersecretary at USDA, and Meryl Harrell, former Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment…

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California’s Prop 12 goes to court – again

California’s Prop 12 goes to court – again

By Gary Baise | January 26, 2021

Gary Baise Commentaries California’s Prop 12 goes to court – again An 8,000-word brief on behalf of hog producers was filed Jan. 14 by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in California. The outcome will determine if California can start telling American…

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

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

By Gary Baise | January 13, 2021

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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