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Thursday, May 24, 2018

GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

The House Agriculture Committee whose members have received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the pesticide industry since 2012, approved the bill, H.R. 2, on a voice vote. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the committee chairman and the recipient of $117,000 from the pesticide industry and its trade association, CropLife America, hopes to bring the bill to the full House in May.

“Part of this process on timing on the floor will be dictated by how well I’m able to sell this to my colleagues,” Conaway said.…

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In The High Plains, Mutual Aid Saves Ranchers From Merciless Wildfires

Another spring, another season of catastrophic wildfires in the high plains. This year it was Oklahoma, where wind-driven flames consumed over 350,000 acres of pasture, killing thousands of cows, destroying barns, homes and fences. New York Times reporter Mitch Smith described the scene around Vici, OK (pop. 699), a ranching community in the western part of the state.
“The fire’s timing was especially cruel,” Smith explained. “coming in the midst of an extreme drought. Dead cows appear along roadsides, hooves pointed to the sky. Driveways lead to piles of rubble. When the wind blows, it smells a bit like a campfire.”
Last year it was Medicine Lodge, Kansas—400,000 acres ruined, an area larger than metropolitan New York and Chicago combined—and the largest prairie wildfire in Kansas history.

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Screwed By Trump Trade Policies, Voters May Reject Republicans

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com.

Fear and anger continue to mount among Midwestern Republican leaders over Trump’s unfolding trade war with China. Because it is red state farmers who stand to pay a massive price for his reckless agenda.

“It’s like he’s microtargeting policy to screw his own supporters,” one frustrated GOP strategist tells Bloomberg.

“We knew this was hanging over our heads,” one Kansas farmer said. “When we heard the news, it was still just devastating to us. It’s really going to put the hammer to our price prospects.”

In fact, 12 of the 15 states that will likely take the biggest tariff hits are red states, according to a new analysis from the Brookings Institution.…

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