Weeks before a Chinese conglomerate agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. in the largest such takeover of a U.S. business, Missouri lawmakers quietly approved legislation removing a ban on foreign ownership of agricultural land.
Discussion about cutting spending for the program to feed poor Americans dominated Tuesday as three days of U.S. House debate began on the farm bill, a 2,000-page document to establish federal farm and nutrition policies for five years. Hundreds of amendments have been crafted to the bill, with a vote expected Thursday.
Banning Bayley Kroupa, 17, from 4-H livestock competitions does not harm her agricultural education, a lawyer told judges June 13 in St. Paul, Minn.
Gary Thimsen, a lawyer representing 4-H officials, participated in oral arguments to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Bulliards have trained and sold more than 80 quarter horses for the performance industry, some earning titles in top futurity and derby national competitions. Some of the quarter horse reiners trained by the Bulliards went to Italy, Germany and France, while others remained in the U.S. and went on to make names for themselves and their owners.
The Supreme Court opened the door June 10 for California raisin growers to challenge the constitutionality of a Depression-era farming law that requires them to keep part of their annual crop off the market.
Aaron Hager, University of Illinois associate professor of weed science, says early and accurate identification of Palmer amaranth plants coupled with implementation of an integrated management program are essential to reduce the potential for crop yield loss from interference of this broadleaf weed.
Despite years of aggressive kill measures, including aerial shooting, trapping, snares and “shoot on sight” requests to hunters, the U.S. Department of Agriculture refers today to the “expanding” problem of wild swine in America.
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