With increases in the number of farm bankruptcy proceedings and suicides among farmers it seems like we have been transported back to the 1980s and the farm crisis.It wasn’t supposed to be this way. At the beginning of this decade we were told that crop agriculture was on a new price plateau and the only problem would be the need to protect…Read More...
Daryll E. Ray
The authors: "Farmers deserve a better farm policy than living on hope."
Today’s jobs increasingly require advanced education. If our economy is going to succeed, state and federal governments should be increasing their funding of higher ed. Instead, they are falling behind.
With Democrats gaining control of the House, Republicans have incentive to pass some version of the current farm bill while they still hold a majority. Work requirements for food-stamp recipients remains the sticking point between the House…
The federal Ag Department’s programs address the fundamental goods and services that humans need to survive. Water, food, housing, electricity and more are all part of the department’s portfolio.
Median farm income is projected to fall this year, making it harder for farmers to get loans. Friends, family, and neighbors need to be aware of the impact these financial setbacks could have on farmers’ mental health.
While some aid is reaching urban Puerto Rico, rural areas have yet to see much relief. We have done a better job of helping foreign nations than serving our own citizens, according to one international relief agency.
None of the current or proposed laws address the underlying healthcare issues that exist in rural America. Low population density and a limited number of providers mean we need some new approaches. Until we fact those facts, nothing will…
Trade wars, big budget cuts, and a possible deficit from tax reform don’t bode well for U.S. agriculture. Here’s what to watch for in agriculture policy as the Trump administration settles down to work after its first 100 days in office.