On Day 96 of Trump Presidency – Ag Gets the Spotlight

Tuesday, April 25 was a busy day for agriculture in Washington -- with Sonny Perdue confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, President Trump hosting a “Farmers Roundtable” and signing an Executive Order creating the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, which borrows somewhat from the Obama administration’s Rural Taskforce.  

With the first 100 days of his Presidency coming to a close, the White House perhaps sought to burnish its reputation on several of the issues that brought Trump to office – including rural development and the state of the ag economy. With strong support from rural America, many assumed that a Trump presidency would be a boon to rural communities.  

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Headlines: 

1.    Grassley, Cantwell, 12 Fellow Senators Introduce Biodiesel Tax Credit Reform, Extension Act

2.    2017 May Be ‘Tipping Year’ in Tightening Farm Economy

3.    Some High Plains Farmers Struggling After Fires, Drought

4.    Forest Service Lines Up Corporate Donations as Buffer Against Proposed Budget Cuts from Washington

5.    Opinion: Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet

 

New Topics Page: 

EESI recently published a new Global Warming/Climate Change FAQ -- featuring 16 commonly asked questions about climate change, including: 

  • What is global warming?
  • How does climate change affect the food supply?
  • What is the United States doing to combat global warming?

 

Upcoming Event: 

Scenario 300: Making Climate Cool!
EESI is a supporting organization 

Sunday, April 30, 2017
The day after the People’s Climate March

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Washington, DC
At the offices of Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-1795

Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle on the Red Line

While reducing greenhouse gas pollution from energy production, transportation and unsustainable agriculture practices is critical, Scenario 300 is a strategy for going from a dangerous 406 ppm (parts per million) to a safer 300 ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. By regenerating healthy ecosystems, including soils, along with managing local water cycles, we can reverse our disastrous climate course. During this inspiring and informative conference, we will discuss how to rapidly move carbon out of the skies and use it to support a diversity of life both above and below ground.  Check out Biodiversity for Climate's website for event details, event recap and more.

 

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