• USDA WASDE reports don't matter anymore, also farmers threats USAG to close crop tour.
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    USDA WASDE reports don't matter anymore, also farmers threats USAG to close crop tour. https://youtu.be/Qnu-REW_h9U
    ALERT: Farmer "Threatens" USDA / Cannery Shutdown: No Crops to Can
    The US Pro Farm Crop Tour was shut down after a farmer "threatened" USDA officials. Steelworkers laid off due to lower demand for cans -- BECAUSE THERE ARE N...
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  • ALERT: Farmer "Threatens" USDA / Cannery Shutdown: No Crops to Can
    The US Pro Farm Crop Tour was shut down after a farmer "threatened" USDA officials.

    Steelworkers laid off due to lower demand for cans -- BECAUSE THERE ARE NO CROPS TO CAN!

    Major shifts are happening EVERY DAY as we enter the difficult growing seasons of the Grand Solar Minimum.

    Modern agriculture is unable to cope with the perfect cosmic storm of changes.
    #USDAFarmerFailure #GrandSolarMinimum #ClimateChaos #ArtificiallyCreatedFoodShortages #ThePreppersWereRight
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    ALERT: Farmer "Threatens" USDA / Cannery Shutdown: No Crops to Can The US Pro Farm Crop Tour was shut down after a farmer "threatened" USDA officials. Steelworkers laid off due to lower demand for cans -- BECAUSE THERE ARE NO CROPS TO CAN! Major shifts are happening EVERY DAY as we enter the difficult growing seasons of the Grand Solar Minimum. Modern agriculture is unable to cope with the perfect cosmic storm of changes. #USDAFarmerFailure #GrandSolarMinimum #ClimateChaos #ArtificiallyCreatedFoodShortages #ThePreppersWereRight https://youtu.be/Qnu-REW_h9U Ice Age Farmer 8/22/19
    ALERT: Farmer "Threatens" USDA / Cannery Shutdown: No Crops to Can
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  • CAMANO ISLAND COFFEE ROASTERS
    We started Camano Island Coffee Roasters in 2000 to help change the lives of farmers in the developing world. We do this by only providing USDA Certified Organic, Shade Grown and Fairly Traded coffee through our coffee subscription, the Coffee Lovers Club

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    CAMANO ISLAND COFFEE ROASTERS We started Camano Island Coffee Roasters in 2000 to help change the lives of farmers in the developing world. We do this by only providing USDA Certified Organic, Shade Grown and Fairly Traded coffee through our coffee subscription, the Coffee Lovers Club https://bit.ly/2YX75ry Disclosure: Sometimes we get paid if you click one of those links and purchase a product or service
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  • USDA Dropping Cyanide from Planes to Kill Wild Animals
    #USDACulling #ZoonPolitikon #HollySeeliger
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    USDA Dropping Cyanide from Planes to Kill Wild Animals #USDACulling #ZoonPolitikon #HollySeeliger https://youtu.be/RoygmIfvhdk Zoon Politikon 8/16/19
    USDA Dropping Cyanide from Planes to Kill Wild Animals
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  • Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade War as 'Whiners'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/13/farmers-hit-back-usda-chief-sonny-perdue-mocks-those-harmed-trump-trade-war-whiners
    Jake Johnson, staff writer

    Farmers facing record bankruptcies and collapsing incomes due to President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China were not amused by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's joke about their economic pain during an event in Minnesota last week.

    "I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania," Perdue told an audience of thousands of farmers gathered in a barn near Morgan, Minnesota. "What do you call two farmers in a basement? A whine cellar."

    Some laughed at the agriculture secretary's joke, but other farmers booed and denounced Perdue's wisecrack as callous and tone-deaf mockery of the real hardship caused by the Trump administration's trade policies.

    "It was definitely not an appropriate thing to say," Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, told HuffPost on Monday. "It was very insensitive. It took everyone by surprise. He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers."

    Chris Lu ✔ @ChrisLu44
    Farm income is way down, bankruptcies are way up, and farmers are relying on government payments to make ends meet.

    So, of course, it’s the perfect time for Sonny Perdue to joke about “whining” farmers. #CantMakeThisUp https://www.newsweek.com/agriculture-secretary-joke-1453914
    7:55 PM - Aug 12, 2019

    Perdue's characterization of struggling farmers as "whiners" came after the Trump administration announced it will impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods starting Sept. 1, a significant escalation in the ongoing trade war between the two global powers.

    China quickly retaliated by canceling all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a move American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall called "a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by."

    With farmers suffering from his trade policies, Trump has attempted to tamp down backlash with targeted aid packages—but, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), most of the assistance has gone to wealthy farmers.

    Meanwhile, as HuffPost reported on Monday, "Net farm income in America has plunged by nearly half over the last five years from $123.4 billion in 2013 to $63 billion last year. It plummeted by 16 percent last year alone."

    Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, said last week that Trump's "strategy of constant escalation and antagonism" toward China has "made things worse."

    "It's really, really getting bad out here," added Bob Kuylen, a North Dakota farmer, in an interview with CNBC. "Trump is ruining our markets.
    Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade War as 'Whiners' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/13/farmers-hit-back-usda-chief-sonny-perdue-mocks-those-harmed-trump-trade-war-whiners Jake Johnson, staff writer Farmers facing record bankruptcies and collapsing incomes due to President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China were not amused by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's joke about their economic pain during an event in Minnesota last week. "I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania," Perdue told an audience of thousands of farmers gathered in a barn near Morgan, Minnesota. "What do you call two farmers in a basement? A whine cellar." Some laughed at the agriculture secretary's joke, but other farmers booed and denounced Perdue's wisecrack as callous and tone-deaf mockery of the real hardship caused by the Trump administration's trade policies. "It was definitely not an appropriate thing to say," Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, told HuffPost on Monday. "It was very insensitive. It took everyone by surprise. He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers." Chris Lu ✔ @ChrisLu44 Farm income is way down, bankruptcies are way up, and farmers are relying on government payments to make ends meet. So, of course, it’s the perfect time for Sonny Perdue to joke about “whining” farmers. #CantMakeThisUp https://www.newsweek.com/agriculture-secretary-joke-1453914 … 7:55 PM - Aug 12, 2019 Perdue's characterization of struggling farmers as "whiners" came after the Trump administration announced it will impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods starting Sept. 1, a significant escalation in the ongoing trade war between the two global powers. China quickly retaliated by canceling all purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a move American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall called "a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by." With farmers suffering from his trade policies, Trump has attempted to tamp down backlash with targeted aid packages—but, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), most of the assistance has gone to wealthy farmers. Meanwhile, as HuffPost reported on Monday, "Net farm income in America has plunged by nearly half over the last five years from $123.4 billion in 2013 to $63 billion last year. It plummeted by 16 percent last year alone." Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, said last week that Trump's "strategy of constant escalation and antagonism" toward China has "made things worse." "It's really, really getting bad out here," added Bob Kuylen, a North Dakota farmer, in an interview with CNBC. "Trump is ruining our markets.
    Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Sonny Perdue Mocks Those Harmed by Trump Trade War as 'Whiners'
    "He doesn't understand what farmers are dealing with, and he's the head of the Department of Agriculture. He's supposed to be working for farmers."
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  • Top Scientist Says He Quit USDA Because Trump Admin Tried to Bury His Study on Climate and Nutrition
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    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    The exodus of federal scientists in the era of President Donald Trump continued Friday as 62-year-old plant physiologist Lewis Ziska left the U.S. Department of Agriculture "over the Trump administration's efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," Politico reported Monday.

    Ziska—who worked at USDA under five presidents, both Republicans and Democrats—charged in an interview with Politico that he left the department's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) because the USDA tried to block the public dissemination of his research on how the human-caused climate crisis's impact on rice could threaten the nutrition of 600 million people. The study, Politico reported, was internally cleared at the department and peer reviewed prior to its publication in the journal Science Advances last year.

    USDA, in a statement to the outlet, said that "this was a joint decision by ARS national program leaders—all career scientists—not to send out a press release on this paper" based on scientific disagreement, and the decisions involving the study weren't politically motivated.

    Ziska, however, said that "this isn't about the science. It's about something else, but it's not about the science."

    "You get the sense that things have changed, that this is not a place for you to be exploring things that don't agree with someone's political views," Ziska said about the current environment at the USDA. "That's so sad. I can't even begin to tell you how sad that is."

    Ziska's resignation comes after the departures of Rod Schoonover, a State Department official who claimed the administration blocked the submission of his report on the climate crisis and national security to a U.S. House committee, and Maria Caffrey, a National Park Service employee who wrote for The Guardian last month, "In February 2019, I lost my job because I was a climate scientist in a climate-denying administration."

    Politico previously reported on the Trump USDA refusing to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that warn about the climate emergency's consequences or to release a "multiyear plan that outlines how the department should help agriculture understand, adapt to, and minimize the effects" of the crisis.

    Timothy A. Wise @TimothyAWise
    Turns out the "swamp" that @realDonaldTrump wants to drain isn't lobbyists it's civil-servant scientists. #USDA relocation is as cynical as it gets. (Until tomorrow, brace yourself.) https://twitter.com/ceboudreau/status/1158371238236086272

    Catherine Boudreau ✔ @ceboudreau
    “You get the sense that things have changed, that this is not a place for you to be exploring things that don't agree with someone's political views.”

    A leading climate scientist tells @hbottemiller he is quitting USDA over its handling of his research https://politi.co/2yCQdYD
    9:17 AM - Aug 5, 2019

    But it's not just top-down censorship that's impacting U.S. government research on the climate, Ziska told Politico.

    The overriding fear among scientists within USDA, Ziska said, was that the administration would take an axe to the department's science budget, and research priorities that perhaps didn't align with the administration's agenda would be the first to go. (The Trump administration has repeatedly proposed significant cuts to ARS' budget, but Congress has so far largely kept funding flat.)

    Anything related to climate change was seen as extremely vulnerable, he said.

    "We were careful," he explained. "And then it got to the point where language started to change. No one wanted to say climate change, you would say climate uncertainty or you would say extreme events. Or you would use whatever euphemism was available to not draw attention."

    "There was a sense that if the science agreed with the politics, then the policymakers would consider it to be 'good science,' and if it didn’t agree with the politics, then it was something that was flawed and needed to be done again," Ziska added. "That was a sea change in how we viewed our role."

    Ziska told Politico that by politicizing climate science, the administration is jeopardizing the future of agriculture on a global scale, which could have devastating consequences for human health. As he put it:

    To ignore it. To just dismiss it and say 'oh that's political' ...I don't have the words to describe that. It's surreal. It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie.

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, was among those who responded to news of Ziska's resignation by calling out the Trump administration for "silencing our scientists."

    Chellie Pingree ✔ @chelliepingree
    Once again, the Trump admin is silencing our scientists. @USDA researchers study key topics like the devastating effects of climate change on agriculture—topics the Administration has repeatedly undermined at the expense of real data for farmers. This is a huge loss for USDA. https://twitter.com/politico/status/1158339385798082561

    POLITICO ✔ @politico
    A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say President Trump has politicized science https://politi.co/2KrJ4Qb
    8:14 AM - Aug 5, 2019

    The Politico interview was not the only report that cast a spotlight Monday on the Trump administration's impact on government-backed climate research.

    In a blog post for Scientific American, Jacob Carter, a research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), wrote that "the Trump administration has suppressed, censored, and threatened to fire many of its experts for the work they do, or simply for discussing scientific information that is politically contentious. In some cases, the Trump administration's actions are driving experts out." He pointed to Schoonover and former Environmental Protection Agency official Betsy Southerland as examples.

    "Imagine the working culture for federal experts watching the Trump administration go on the offense against their own staff. What do you do to get your day-to-day work done? How do you continue to get your work funded? One option is to censor politically contentious words or phrases," Carter continued. "Self-censorship may not make headlines, but there is a lot of evidence that it's happening in the chilling environment the Trump administration has created for federal government experts."

    Environmental Protection Network @EnvProtectioNet
    @UCSJacob, @UCSUSA in @sciam: “We cannot afford to retreat from the science-based policies that help our nation respond effectively to complex challenges to public health, the environment and national security.” #ScienceNotSilence http://epn.news/qzl

    Government Scientists Are Censoring Themselves
    It may not make headlines, but there's a lot of evidence that it's happening in the chilling environment the Trump administration has created
    blogs.scientificamerican.com
    7:43 AM - Aug 5, 2019

    Carter referenced his organization's August 2018 survey of 63,000 scientific experts across 16 federal agencies which revealed, as Common Dreams reported at the time, that "as the Trump administration continues to brazenly attack national environmental regulations, it is also 'sidelining science' within agencies, with staffers reporting issues including 'censorship and self-censorship, political interference in scientists' work, low morale, decreased agency effectiveness, and dwindling resources.'"

    Next week, UCS and other partners will host a panel discussion in Albany, New York about the importance of federal science and how it can be safeguarded from political manipulation:

    Union of Concerned Scientists ✔ @UCSUSA
    When federal scientists can do their work and share it free from political manipulation, we are better able to tackle our most pressing challenges. Join UCS, @RepPaulTonko @CapSciNY @CleanHealthyNY and others for a panel discussion on how we can do that: https://www.facebook.com/events/383938368992712/
    10:00 AM - Aug 5, 2019
    Top Scientist Says He Quit USDA Because Trump Admin Tried to Bury His Study on Climate and Nutrition https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/05/top-scientist-says-he-quit-usda-because-trump-admin-tried-bury-his-study-climate-and Jessica Corbett, staff writer The exodus of federal scientists in the era of President Donald Trump continued Friday as 62-year-old plant physiologist Lewis Ziska left the U.S. Department of Agriculture "over the Trump administration's efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," Politico reported Monday. Ziska—who worked at USDA under five presidents, both Republicans and Democrats—charged in an interview with Politico that he left the department's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) because the USDA tried to block the public dissemination of his research on how the human-caused climate crisis's impact on rice could threaten the nutrition of 600 million people. The study, Politico reported, was internally cleared at the department and peer reviewed prior to its publication in the journal Science Advances last year. USDA, in a statement to the outlet, said that "this was a joint decision by ARS national program leaders—all career scientists—not to send out a press release on this paper" based on scientific disagreement, and the decisions involving the study weren't politically motivated. Ziska, however, said that "this isn't about the science. It's about something else, but it's not about the science." "You get the sense that things have changed, that this is not a place for you to be exploring things that don't agree with someone's political views," Ziska said about the current environment at the USDA. "That's so sad. I can't even begin to tell you how sad that is." Ziska's resignation comes after the departures of Rod Schoonover, a State Department official who claimed the administration blocked the submission of his report on the climate crisis and national security to a U.S. House committee, and Maria Caffrey, a National Park Service employee who wrote for The Guardian last month, "In February 2019, I lost my job because I was a climate scientist in a climate-denying administration." Politico previously reported on the Trump USDA refusing to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that warn about the climate emergency's consequences or to release a "multiyear plan that outlines how the department should help agriculture understand, adapt to, and minimize the effects" of the crisis. Timothy A. Wise @TimothyAWise Turns out the "swamp" that @realDonaldTrump wants to drain isn't lobbyists it's civil-servant scientists. #USDA relocation is as cynical as it gets. (Until tomorrow, brace yourself.) https://twitter.com/ceboudreau/status/1158371238236086272 … Catherine Boudreau ✔ @ceboudreau “You get the sense that things have changed, that this is not a place for you to be exploring things that don't agree with someone's political views.” A leading climate scientist tells @hbottemiller he is quitting USDA over its handling of his research https://politi.co/2yCQdYD 9:17 AM - Aug 5, 2019 But it's not just top-down censorship that's impacting U.S. government research on the climate, Ziska told Politico. The overriding fear among scientists within USDA, Ziska said, was that the administration would take an axe to the department's science budget, and research priorities that perhaps didn't align with the administration's agenda would be the first to go. (The Trump administration has repeatedly proposed significant cuts to ARS' budget, but Congress has so far largely kept funding flat.) Anything related to climate change was seen as extremely vulnerable, he said. "We were careful," he explained. "And then it got to the point where language started to change. No one wanted to say climate change, you would say climate uncertainty or you would say extreme events. Or you would use whatever euphemism was available to not draw attention." "There was a sense that if the science agreed with the politics, then the policymakers would consider it to be 'good science,' and if it didn’t agree with the politics, then it was something that was flawed and needed to be done again," Ziska added. "That was a sea change in how we viewed our role." Ziska told Politico that by politicizing climate science, the administration is jeopardizing the future of agriculture on a global scale, which could have devastating consequences for human health. As he put it: To ignore it. To just dismiss it and say 'oh that's political' ...I don't have the words to describe that. It's surreal. It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, was among those who responded to news of Ziska's resignation by calling out the Trump administration for "silencing our scientists." Chellie Pingree ✔ @chelliepingree Once again, the Trump admin is silencing our scientists. @USDA researchers study key topics like the devastating effects of climate change on agriculture—topics the Administration has repeatedly undermined at the expense of real data for farmers. This is a huge loss for USDA. https://twitter.com/politico/status/1158339385798082561 … POLITICO ✔ @politico A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say President Trump has politicized science https://politi.co/2KrJ4Qb 8:14 AM - Aug 5, 2019 The Politico interview was not the only report that cast a spotlight Monday on the Trump administration's impact on government-backed climate research. In a blog post for Scientific American, Jacob Carter, a research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), wrote that "the Trump administration has suppressed, censored, and threatened to fire many of its experts for the work they do, or simply for discussing scientific information that is politically contentious. In some cases, the Trump administration's actions are driving experts out." He pointed to Schoonover and former Environmental Protection Agency official Betsy Southerland as examples. "Imagine the working culture for federal experts watching the Trump administration go on the offense against their own staff. What do you do to get your day-to-day work done? How do you continue to get your work funded? One option is to censor politically contentious words or phrases," Carter continued. "Self-censorship may not make headlines, but there is a lot of evidence that it's happening in the chilling environment the Trump administration has created for federal government experts." Environmental Protection Network @EnvProtectioNet @UCSJacob, @UCSUSA in @sciam: “We cannot afford to retreat from the science-based policies that help our nation respond effectively to complex challenges to public health, the environment and national security.” #ScienceNotSilence http://epn.news/qzl Government Scientists Are Censoring Themselves It may not make headlines, but there's a lot of evidence that it's happening in the chilling environment the Trump administration has created blogs.scientificamerican.com 7:43 AM - Aug 5, 2019 Carter referenced his organization's August 2018 survey of 63,000 scientific experts across 16 federal agencies which revealed, as Common Dreams reported at the time, that "as the Trump administration continues to brazenly attack national environmental regulations, it is also 'sidelining science' within agencies, with staffers reporting issues including 'censorship and self-censorship, political interference in scientists' work, low morale, decreased agency effectiveness, and dwindling resources.'" Next week, UCS and other partners will host a panel discussion in Albany, New York about the importance of federal science and how it can be safeguarded from political manipulation: Union of Concerned Scientists ✔ @UCSUSA When federal scientists can do their work and share it free from political manipulation, we are better able to tackle our most pressing challenges. Join UCS, @RepPaulTonko @CapSciNY @CleanHealthyNY and others for a panel discussion on how we can do that: https://www.facebook.com/events/383938368992712/ … 10:00 AM - Aug 5, 2019
    Top Scientist Says He Quit USDA Because Trump Admin Tried to Bury His Study on Climate and Nutrition
    Rep. Chellie Pingree tweeted, "Once again, the Trump admin is silencing our scientists."
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  • Restricting SNAP Benefits Could Hurt Millions of Americans—and Local Communities
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/03/restricting-snap-benefits-could-hurt-millions-americans-and-local-communities
    Cindy Leung, Julia Wolfson

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to restrict access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

    SNAP is the primary way the government helps low-income Americans put food on the table. According to the government’s own calculations, an estimated 3.1 million people could lose SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps, through a new proposal that would change some application procedures and eligibility requirements.

    We are nutrition and food policy researchers who have studied the effects of SNAP on the health and well-being of low-income Americans.

    Should this change go into effect, we believe millions of Americans, especially children, and local communities would suffer.

    Helping families and the economy

    SNAP helped 39.7 million Americans buy food in 2018.

    Federal research has found that the program reduces hunger, particularly in children – who make up 44% of its beneficiaries.

    Hunger and poor nutrition harm children’s health and hinder their development. Kids who don’t get enough to eat have more trouble at school and are more likely to experience mental health problems.

    One research team found that people who had access to SNAP as children earned higher incomes and were less likely to develop chronic diseases like diabetes once they grew up.

    “My eating habits have improved where I can eat more healthy than before,” a Massachusetts woman who had recently been approved for SNAP told us. “It is like night and day – the difference between surviving and not surviving.”

    SNAP benefits also ripple through the economy.

    They lead to money being spent at local stores, freeing up cash to pay rent and other bills.

    Every US$1 invested in SNAP generates $1.79 in economic activity, according to the USDA.

    Trying again and again

    The Trump administration has repeatedly attempted to slash SNAP and make it harder for people who qualify for benefits to get them.

    Its 2018, 2019 and 2020 budget proposals all called for cutting spending on food stamps by about 25%.

    The Trump administration also worked with Republicans in Congress to try to tighten eligibility requirements.

    Had this policy been implemented, all beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 59 deemed “able-bodied” would have had to prove they were working at least 20 hours per week or were enrolled in school.

    According to government projections, some 1.2 million Americans would have eventually lost their benefits as a result.

    Congress, which would have needed to approve the change for it to take effect, rejected it in December 2018.

    The White House then sought to change work requirements through a new rule that has not yet taken effect.

    In July 2019, the Trump administration again sought to restrict access to food stamps without any input from Congress, this time by going through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – a program that gives low-income families with children cash to cover childcare and other expenses.

    Currently, most states automatically enroll families in SNAP once they obtain TANF benefits. The new rule would prevent states from doing this.

    Even though 85% of TANF families also get SNAP benefits, the vast majority of them still live in poverty.

    The government is seeking comments from the public about this proposed change through September 23, 2019.

    Replacing food stamps with ‘harvest boxes’

    Other changes to SNAP could also take a toll.

    The Trump administration’s proposed budgets have also called for changing how the government helps low-income families get food they have trouble affording.

    Its 2019 budget proposal called for replacing half of SNAP benefits with what it called “harvest boxes” of nonperishable items like cereals, beans and canned goods.

    According to research we conducted with low-income Americans, 79% of SNAP participants opposed this proposal, with one of the primary reasons being not being able to choose their own foods.

    “People who are struggling are already demoralized,” a New Mexico woman who uses SNAP benefits told us. “Being able to make our own food decisions is something that keeps us feeling like human beings.”

    Congress rejected the concept but the White House included it again in its 2020 budget draft.

    Advocates for food aid fear that recent proposals to change how SNAP works would reduce the share of Americans who get these benefits by making it harder to qualify and enroll in the program. Should this major transformation ever occur, children and families won’t have access to critical benefits that help them avoid going hungry.

    Tracking the demand for food stamps

    Although the Trump administration has until now largely failed in its effort to cut SNAP spending, the number of people getting food stamps is already declining. This trend began during the Obama administration, in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

    Since the economy is doing well overall, the number of people on food assistance programs has fallen.

    The reason for the decline is that the number of people who are eligible for these benefits rises when the economy falters and falls when conditions improve.

    As a result, the government is spending less on food stamps without cutting the SNAP budget.

    Case in point, 7 million people have already left SNAP due to better economic stability. In parallel, federal spending on SNAP budget has dropped from $78 billion in 2013 to $64 billion in 2019.

    If the Trump administration wants to shrink SNAP, reduce costs and have fewer low-income Americans receive benefits, we believe that the best thing it can do is to keep working to improve the economy – particularly for low-income Americans, who have been reaping fewer benefits from the improving economy than others in recent years.
    Restricting SNAP Benefits Could Hurt Millions of Americans—and Local Communities https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/03/restricting-snap-benefits-could-hurt-millions-americans-and-local-communities Cindy Leung, Julia Wolfson The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to restrict access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. SNAP is the primary way the government helps low-income Americans put food on the table. According to the government’s own calculations, an estimated 3.1 million people could lose SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps, through a new proposal that would change some application procedures and eligibility requirements. We are nutrition and food policy researchers who have studied the effects of SNAP on the health and well-being of low-income Americans. Should this change go into effect, we believe millions of Americans, especially children, and local communities would suffer. Helping families and the economy SNAP helped 39.7 million Americans buy food in 2018. Federal research has found that the program reduces hunger, particularly in children – who make up 44% of its beneficiaries. Hunger and poor nutrition harm children’s health and hinder their development. Kids who don’t get enough to eat have more trouble at school and are more likely to experience mental health problems. One research team found that people who had access to SNAP as children earned higher incomes and were less likely to develop chronic diseases like diabetes once they grew up. “My eating habits have improved where I can eat more healthy than before,” a Massachusetts woman who had recently been approved for SNAP told us. “It is like night and day – the difference between surviving and not surviving.” SNAP benefits also ripple through the economy. They lead to money being spent at local stores, freeing up cash to pay rent and other bills. Every US$1 invested in SNAP generates $1.79 in economic activity, according to the USDA. Trying again and again The Trump administration has repeatedly attempted to slash SNAP and make it harder for people who qualify for benefits to get them. Its 2018, 2019 and 2020 budget proposals all called for cutting spending on food stamps by about 25%. The Trump administration also worked with Republicans in Congress to try to tighten eligibility requirements. Had this policy been implemented, all beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 59 deemed “able-bodied” would have had to prove they were working at least 20 hours per week or were enrolled in school. According to government projections, some 1.2 million Americans would have eventually lost their benefits as a result. Congress, which would have needed to approve the change for it to take effect, rejected it in December 2018. The White House then sought to change work requirements through a new rule that has not yet taken effect. In July 2019, the Trump administration again sought to restrict access to food stamps without any input from Congress, this time by going through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – a program that gives low-income families with children cash to cover childcare and other expenses. Currently, most states automatically enroll families in SNAP once they obtain TANF benefits. The new rule would prevent states from doing this. Even though 85% of TANF families also get SNAP benefits, the vast majority of them still live in poverty. The government is seeking comments from the public about this proposed change through September 23, 2019. Replacing food stamps with ‘harvest boxes’ Other changes to SNAP could also take a toll. The Trump administration’s proposed budgets have also called for changing how the government helps low-income families get food they have trouble affording. Its 2019 budget proposal called for replacing half of SNAP benefits with what it called “harvest boxes” of nonperishable items like cereals, beans and canned goods. According to research we conducted with low-income Americans, 79% of SNAP participants opposed this proposal, with one of the primary reasons being not being able to choose their own foods. “People who are struggling are already demoralized,” a New Mexico woman who uses SNAP benefits told us. “Being able to make our own food decisions is something that keeps us feeling like human beings.” Congress rejected the concept but the White House included it again in its 2020 budget draft. Advocates for food aid fear that recent proposals to change how SNAP works would reduce the share of Americans who get these benefits by making it harder to qualify and enroll in the program. Should this major transformation ever occur, children and families won’t have access to critical benefits that help them avoid going hungry. Tracking the demand for food stamps Although the Trump administration has until now largely failed in its effort to cut SNAP spending, the number of people getting food stamps is already declining. This trend began during the Obama administration, in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Since the economy is doing well overall, the number of people on food assistance programs has fallen. The reason for the decline is that the number of people who are eligible for these benefits rises when the economy falters and falls when conditions improve. As a result, the government is spending less on food stamps without cutting the SNAP budget. Case in point, 7 million people have already left SNAP due to better economic stability. In parallel, federal spending on SNAP budget has dropped from $78 billion in 2013 to $64 billion in 2019. If the Trump administration wants to shrink SNAP, reduce costs and have fewer low-income Americans receive benefits, we believe that the best thing it can do is to keep working to improve the economy – particularly for low-income Americans, who have been reaping fewer benefits from the improving economy than others in recent years.
    Restricting SNAP Benefits Could Hurt Millions of Americans—and Local Communities
    "People who are struggling are already demoralized. Being able to make our own food decisions is something that keeps us feeling like human beings.".. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to restrict access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
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  • Farmers Warn Corn Crop Far Worse Than USDA Estimates: "It's Going to Be A Train Wreck"
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    This year’s corn crop has been absolutely decimated by nonstop rain and unseasonably cool weather, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

    And while those caveats are widely known, farmers believe that already adjusted estimates for June are still going to be too optimistic.

    The report checked in with corn farmer James McCune, who, when looking at the size of his diminutive corn crop this year simply said: “Corn’s not supposed to be this tall.”

    So Ric Says: "PERHAPS It MIGHT Be Time To Start Planting Hemp And FOOD, Rather Than All Of That Fucked Up Bayer/Monsanto Crap?

    A LOT Of That Corn Goes For Biofuel...You Get 2 1/2 X The Biomass Over Corn With A REALLY Short Growing Season.

    It Makes High Protein Animal Feed Additive, And The Seeds Make High Protein FOUR.

    No Worries About Needing Herbicide, This Shit Grows So Fast Weeds Can't Compete.

    WAKEY-WAKEY American Farmers...Set Yourselves FREE-Make More Money!" https://youtu.be/3_sFpCic6qY
    Farmers Warn Corn Crop Far Worse Than USDA Estimates: "It's Going to Be A Train Wreck" DAHBOO77 6/16/19 This year’s corn crop has been absolutely decimated by nonstop rain and unseasonably cool weather, according to a new report from Bloomberg. And while those caveats are widely known, farmers believe that already adjusted estimates for June are still going to be too optimistic. The report checked in with corn farmer James McCune, who, when looking at the size of his diminutive corn crop this year simply said: “Corn’s not supposed to be this tall.” So Ric Says: "PERHAPS It MIGHT Be Time To Start Planting Hemp And FOOD, Rather Than All Of That Fucked Up Bayer/Monsanto Crap? A LOT Of That Corn Goes For Biofuel...You Get 2 1/2 X The Biomass Over Corn With A REALLY Short Growing Season. It Makes High Protein Animal Feed Additive, And The Seeds Make High Protein FOUR. No Worries About Needing Herbicide, This Shit Grows So Fast Weeds Can't Compete. WAKEY-WAKEY American Farmers...Set Yourselves FREE-Make More Money!" https://youtu.be/3_sFpCic6qY
    Farmers Warn Corn Crop Far Worse Than USDA Estimates: "It's Going to Be A Train Wreck"
    This year’s corn crop has been absolutely decimated by nonstop rain and unseasonably cool weather, according to a new report from Bloomberg. And while those ...
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  • Latest USDA Report Signals 'Nightmare Scenario' For Midwest Crops
    https://youtu.be/kMf6fKXoF60 DAHBOO77 5/28/19
    The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers.

    Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling.

    What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year.

    The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake up call for all of us.

    The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario.
    Latest USDA Report Signals 'Nightmare Scenario' For Midwest Crops https://youtu.be/kMf6fKXoF60 DAHBOO77 5/28/19 The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers. Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling. What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year. The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake up call for all of us. The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario.
    Latest USDA Report Signals 'Nightmare Scenario' For Midwest Crops
    The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers. Thanks to endless rain...
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  • https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-27/crop-tastrophe-midwest-latest-usda-crop-progress-report-signals-nightmare-scenario
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-27/crop-tastrophe-midwest-latest-usda-crop-progress-report-signals-nightmare-scenario
    Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario
    A perfect storm is rapidly developing...
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