ByClaire Hettinger/For Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
July was the hottest month in recorded history. And continued increases in temperature and a shift in rain patterns could mean a 15 percent yield loss in the next five to 25 years and up to a 73 average yield loss by the end of the next century if farming patterns don’t change significantly, University of Illinois finance professors Don Fullerton and Julian Reif laid out in a report released from the Institute of Government and Public Affairs last year.
Mark Horvit, the outgoing executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, is joining the board of directors of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Horvit has served eight years as executive director of IRE, a 5,500-member association that conducts the largest conferences in investigative and computer-assisted journalism in the world and offers numerous workshops and online training sessions.
For Brazil’s enormous chicken industry, facing a surprise domestic shortage of corn with which to feed its birds, the solution seemed obvious: import the grain from the U.S., where stockpiles have never been bigger.
The Agriculture Department unveiled new rules on Tuesday that would force retailers who accept food stamps to stock a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of business as consumers shop elsewhere. The proposed rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don’t dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and bread. Source: USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods – Fit for Life
Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year, as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to reports from Federal Reserve Banks on Thursday.