With a few GOP regrets, House sends farm bill to Trump for signature

United in a bipartisan embrace, the House sent the status-quo 2018 farm bill to President Trump after a landslide 369-47 vote on Wednesday, with only a few Republicans openly lamenting that the bill will not impose stricter work requirements for SNAP recipients.

As climate warms, toxic algae blooms expand into Arctic

In NOAA’s annual Arctic Report Card, scientists highlighted the recent rise of toxic algae blooms in the region. The blooms, common in more temperate climates, are expected to increase in the Arctic, affecting people who depend on wild foods.

USDA expects to set tariff payment rates this month

The USDA anticipates it will announce payment rates before the end of this year for the second round of Trump tariff payments, said an agency spokesperson on Wednesday. The news followed a published report that the White House was delaying the payments.

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 13, 2018

Another win for hog farm neighbors (Charlotte Observer): A jury ruled in favor of eight North Carolina residents who sued Smithfield Foods’ subsidiary Murphy-Brown over its management of hog waste on farms in the state. Animal welfare group charges chicken mistreatment (Bloomberg): The Humane …

Farm bill axes ‘King amendment’ on egg rules

Five weeks after Californians voted for still-stronger animal welfare standards, House and Senate negotiators discarded farm bill language sponsored by Iowa Rep. Steve King to roll such state measures back. King, a Republican who recently won a tight race for re-election, had hoped to overturn …

House is last hurdle for compromise farm bill

Following a resounding vote in the Senate, the House could vote as early as today to pass the compromise farm bill that modestly strengthens the farm safety net and ends an attempt by House Republicans to impose stricter work requirements on food stamp recipients. House Agriculture chairman …

Farm bill to help hemp grow into a multibillion-dollar industry

In a flourish of political pomp, Sen. Mitch McConnell signed the final draft of the farm bill Monday with a hemp pen, grown and made in Kentucky. It wasn’t accidental. The legislation legalizes the production of industrial hemp, a multipurpose, quick-growing plant that farmers in …

Trump announces plan to roll back WOTUS rule

President Trump announced a plan to roll back Obama-era clean water regulations that aimed to protect rivers and streams from agricultural runoff and other pollutants. It will remove vast wetlands and thousands of miles of waterways from federal protection.

Today’s quick hits, December 12, 2018

Latest fast food moves in antibiotics (Bloomberg): McDonald’s will set reduction targets for antibiotics in its beef supply, following industry trends and its 2016 removal of certain antibiotics from its chicken products. Real tree v. fake tree (AP): Per annual tradition, the Christmas …

Today’s quick hits, December 11, 2018

On Twitter, a farmer support community (Wyoming Public Media): Amid a mental health crisis in rural communities, some farmers  are turning to hashtags on Twitter and other social media sites for support. Are small towns the best place for a beer? (Brewers Association): New data show that areas …