OPINION  During the past couple weeks I’ve been involved in discussions regarding the political efforts to change the cultural practices of American agriculture. The discussions bring in various terms we’ve all heard – “green new deal,” “climate change,” “carbon credits,” “carbon tax(es),” etc.; we all know the list. After debates like that I like to take some quiet time to digest the discussion, reflect on different points of view, and consider the logic those perspectives have in solving the problem or meeting the objective.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides annual estimates of manmade greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States by emissions source, as well as estimates of the amount of carbon trapped in forest and vegetation soil. Our previous articles reviewed the emissions for both 2017 and 2018 as well as trends in carbon sequestration.

    Farmers know there’s going to come a day when they’re no longer around to run their farms – and they know they should have plans in place for when that day comes. But farmers often delay planning because it forces them to think about difficult topics and make difficult decisions.

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers recently released his 2021-2023 biennial budget proposal. It includes a proposal for investing more than $43 million in Wisconsin's agricultural economy and farm families. The budget proposal targets several areas.

    MADISON, Wis. – Wis. Gov. Tony Evers recently proposed a $43 million investment in Wisconsin’s agricultural economy, to be included in his 2021-2023 biennial budget. The plan proposes investments for several programs to boost sales of agricultural products within Wisconsin and beyond. Among the proposals is a three-pronged plan to bolster meat processing. The governor proposes for 2022 and 2023 a total investment of $5.2 million in three areas.

    Information regarding “America’s Diverse Family Farms” is now available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

      For livestock producers with sheep, lambing season can be a busy time. Daniel Mallory, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist based in Ralls County, says taking steps to get ready for lambing season can make a positive difference.

        Twin Springs Farm in Talladega is one of several locally owned meat producers that have seen sales go up amidst talk of a national meal shortage. 

          HD Farm in Eastaboga is one of several locally owned meat producers that have seen sales go up amidst talk of a national meal shortage.

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