agricultural-issues

Farmers, business owners discuss rising food production costs, inflation in Lancaster Co.

BY: - August 24, 2022

To combat the rising costs, Smucker said his business has had to get creative and find ways to be more efficient, including by decreasing company waste and researching market pricing. 

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Federal regulators say poultry producers are disadvantaged by the consolidation of meat processing. (Photo by Stephen Ausmus/Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

Merger of Sanderson Farms and Cargill is a bad deal for farmers and consumers | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2022

Stop the lip service and do something substantial that will truly help family farmers, our local economies and our country.

As aging farmers retire, lawmakers explore how to boost beginning producers

BY: - July 18, 2022

WASHINGTON —  More than half of American farmers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, but the steep price of entry to start a farm, along with rising input costs and volatile markets, make it tough for young and beginning farmers to take their places. “Farming is inherently a risky business, but in […]

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

BY: - June 10, 2022

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15th District,  said he wants to pay special consideration to the margins for farmers as members work on the next farm bill.

A large herd of cattle moves to a new pasture for grazing at the ARS Central Plains Experimental Range LTAR site in Colorado. d3846-1

Pa.’s Rep. Thompson denounces U.S. House hearing on record profits for meatpackers

BY: - April 28, 2022

'This hearing reeks of political points scoring on behalf of the administration,' Thompson, the panel's top Republican, said.

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We need to end our reliance on synthetic fertilizer. This is how | Opinion

BY: - April 21, 2022

Returning to agricultural self-reliance won’t happen overnight. But now is the time for farmers to embrace change.

Rural broadband is a farm bill focus during U.S. House hearing

BY: - March 11, 2022

By Jared Strong The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the need for federal assistance to develop high-speed internet connectivity in all parts of the country, members of a U.S. House subcommittee agreed this week as they reviewed provisions that are likely to be included in the next farm bill. “I represent a largely rural district in north-central, […]

Lawmakers, including Pa.’s Thompson, clash over climate in early farm bill talks

BY: - February 3, 2022

Thompson, R-15th District, questioned the USDA's ability to dole out conservation funding.

Pa.: The Tree Farm State | The Numbers Racket

BY: - December 20, 2021

In 2017, the most recent year for which data were available, there were 15,008 tree farms in the United States, occupying more than 295,000 acres of land for production, according to data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

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Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production? | Opinion

BY: - August 20, 2021

The executive order also aims to strengthen antitrust enforcement. Agriculture is one of the most concentrated industries in the U.S.

Pa. GOP lawmakers threaten state funding for Penn veterinary program over vaccine policy

BY: - June 8, 2021

A group of House Republicans are threatening to withhold almost $32 million in state funding for Philadelphia’s largest private employer over its employee vaccine policy.

Ag nominee Vilsack battles skepticism from Black farmers ahead of Tuesday confirmation hearing

BY: - February 1, 2021

Black farmers also say that at the USDA under Vilsack, agricultural census data was distorted to falsely show that there was a boom in the number of Black farmers.