Agriculture

Berkeley breaks through on soda tax

  Berkeley, California, a city known for its progressive politics, made history Tuesday night by approving the first real sin tax on soda in the United States. Voters approved Measure D, a penny-per-ounce tax, by a 3-to-1 margin after a bitter campaign battle, with the beverage industry spending more than $2.1 million to oppose the initiative. The pro-tax campaign was ... Read More »

The wild world of agriculture economists

It’s not quite “Have Gun, Will Travel.” But it’s a lot wilder than you might think in the small world of agriculture economists and the nation’s land-grant universities. The ink was barely dry on the farm bill last winter when the fighting broke out between Texas A&M and the University of Illinois over a $3 million pot of money for ... Read More »

Farmers in battleground states get drought relief

After pressure from farmers in battleground states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that his department will expedite action next spring on a new provision in the farm bill to help growers most impacted by the severe, sustained drought of recent years. Wheat producers from Texas and Oklahoma have been the most outspoken, but the change could also benefit corn ... Read More »

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