Despite being halfway around the world amidst so much political turmoil at home in the US, I've tried to stay abreast of what's cooking. As you are probably already aware, dear reader, today's US news is filled with much hand-wringing over what the new president-elect is going to do about immigration, the war in Syria, Russia, and the Affordable Care Act. But farm and food policy and related environmental regulations need to stay on our radar as well. There will be a new Farm Bill in 2018, which covers both farm subsidies and food stamps. School lunch reforms, nutrition standards, farmworkers and EPA regulation under the Clean Water Act may also be up for debate. NPR's "The Salt" posted an article yesterday called "Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Breweing as Trump Era Begins." It gives more detail on these issues. Click on the button below to go to the article.
We also recommend the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Think Forward blog for more in depth coverage.
The who, what, when, where and why of agricultural water issues.