Banks Threaten “Less Access to Credit” In Response to Federal Debt Relief for Black Farmers

Banks Threaten “Less Access to Credit” In Response to Federal Debt Relief for Black Farmers

Black farmers have been hit the hardest by industry consolidation, predatory loan terms, and high foreclosure rates. Now, an effort by the Biden administration to provide $4 billion in debt relief for minority farmers is being met with staunch opposition from banks, who don’t want the financial support to Black farmers to cut into their profits on the loans.

Why This Matters: Since 1920, the number of Black-owned farms has declined from one million to under 40,000.

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Regenerative Farming Could Get a Big USDA Boost

Regenerative Farming Could Get a Big USDA Boost

In the United States, agriculture accounts for 10% of overall greenhouse gas emissions in addition to other pollution issues. Yet as Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, said during his confirmation hearing, “I think agriculture is probably the first and best way to begin getting some wins in this climate area,” a commitment that President Biden […]

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CA Teams Up With Federal Government to Thin Forests

CA Teams Up With Federal Government to Thin Forests

Over the weekend, California’s wildfires reached historic scale as a single fire covered 314,207-acres across Napa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties. As New York Magazine reported, in just five days, more land has been burned than in all of 2019, and 500,000 of those acres are in and around the Bay Area. A storm that […]

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Food Safety Rules Being Rolled Back During Pandemic

Food Safety Rules Being Rolled Back During Pandemic

At a time when there are growing concerns over future food shortages and food waste, the added worry of food being unsafe to eat is one more reality Americans must face in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.  As Civil Eats reported, the FDA, the EPA, and the USDA oversee the nation’s food safety net […]

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Farm Groups and Trump’s USDA Embrace Sustainability In Order to Fight Off Climate Regulation

Farm Groups and Trump’s USDA Embrace Sustainability In Order to Fight Off Climate Regulation

Yesterday the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue< announced a series of goals intended to make the farming sector more sustainable, including an effort to cut the carbon footprint of agriculture in half and reducing food waste by 50 percent by 2030, The Hill reported. 

Why This Matters:  The agriculture sector, according to E&E News, accounts for 9% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which is less than the transportation (29%) and electricity (28%) sectors, according to EPA.

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Farmers: Help Us, Don’t Blame Us When it Comes to Sustainable Farming

Farmers: Help Us, Don’t Blame Us When it Comes to Sustainable Farming

Land use and agriculture have recently gained attention as a means to store more carbon in the ground and help fight climate change. However, in the United States, while federal programs do exist to help farmers better manage their soil (most notably the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)) there are too many farmers […]

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