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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Brazilian Meatpacker Polluting US River To Pocket Farm Bailout Millions

A Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm that buys pork from an Arkansas farm suspected of fouling our nation’s first national river would receive about $5 million from Trump’s bailout program for American farmers hurt by his trade war.

JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, will sell 1.8 million pounds of pork products through a Trump bailout program that buys surplus commodities from farmers and ranchers.

“We at the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance find it ironic, and saddening, that bailout money intended to help American farmers is instead going to JBS, a multinational meatpacker based in Brazil,” said Gordon Watkins, president of the alliance.…

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Why Canadians — Not Americans — Rule The Cannabis Industry

President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It’s enjoying explosive growth worldwide, but Canadians are running away with the profits because Washington has shackled their American competitors.

It’s not that Americans are unacquainted with cannabis in all its forms. Cannabis is a family of flowering plants that includes both marijuana, which produces a high, and hemp, which does not. Most states have relaxed their marijuana laws to various extents.…

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In Speech To Farmers, Trump Takes 30 Minutes To Rant About His ‘Wall’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump used a speech to farmers to complain — at length — about America rejecting both his government shutdown and his obsession with building a border wall.

Despite delivering his speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, it took well over 30 minutes of monologuing about the wall before Trump even got around to mentioning issues relevant to farmers.

And when he did get around to discussing trade issues, he failed to address the serious harms that his unnecessary trade war has caused many farmers.

Trump arranged unpopular payoffs to temporarily help farmers affected by the trade war — but even those paltry measures have been disrupted because of his shutdown.…

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