George Bush nominated former two-term North Dakota governor Ed Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. Shafer would land in his post (if confirmed by the Senate) in the middle of a tangled farm bill debate. The ever-useful FarmPolicy.com rounds up reports on the Shafer nomination. For example, Reuters reports that that, "Schafer would be…Read More...
Ag and Trade
Before the candidates arrived, the discussion at the National Summit on Agriculture and Rural Life was about the present and future of rural America. Here's what happened.
Hog and poultry raisers today mostly work under contract to large meat packers. Cattle raisers are asking Congress to prohibit meatpackers from owning their own herds. They are asking that they remain independent producers.
In images of rural life from the first half of the 20th Century, piety goes hand in hand with hardship. A new exhibit shows "religious art" from America's pre-Jet-Ski era.
A Wisconsin commission recommends health insurance for farmers, revitalized rural schools and protection of farmland in two and a half year study of farming and rural life.
Forty years ago, my dad tried to show me his list of crop failures. I wouldn't listen or look. Now I have a list of my own.
Factory farmers with thousands of animals will need only one number to identify their herds. Small farmers and ranchers will be forced to tag everything. Lee Pitts of the Livestock Market Digest looks for fairness in the new animal tagging…
Rural America was built on research and education. Now, students are avoiding the courses and degrees in fields vital to agriculture.