“Since the move, the agency has lost decades of expertise on a wide range of subjects, from climate change to antibiotic resistance, from rural economies to organic farming, leaving numerous projects in limbo and severely bottlenecking new research. Today, conversations between The Counter and more than 20 former and current ERS employees reveal that staff morale has plummeted. Many also assert that the agency is failing to live up to its mission due to severe understaffing and lack of stable leadership.”
That’s OK. All they ever did was kill trees by publishing reports.
A controversial relocation hollowed out USDA?s brain trust for food policy. This could spell dire consequences for food access and security.
Immigrant field workers have been told to keep working despite stay-at-home directives, and given letters attesting to their “critical” role in feeding the country.
Thanks to efforts to bring saffron from the Mediterranean to New England, Mainers soon may be cashing in on this golden spice.
It’s better than pissing off The Base.
The amount sent to farmers tops the auto-industry bailout by billions, and was delivered without congressional approval
Admirable but I suspect that there’s a limit to what they can achieve as long as Big Meat has a price advantage. But subsidizing them or taxing their competitors is probably justifiable on Pigovian grounds.
How several former vegans and vegetarians across the country came to see meat as their calling.
The breach of an irrigation canal left more than 100,000 acres of farmland in Nebraska and Wyoming without water at a critical point in the growing cycle.