"Good time to buy cows."

Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 

 

 

This report on the effects of oversupply in the US milk market and other milk markets reminds us of a joke we once heard in Hilmar, a local dairy center. The dairyman watched the price of milk slide and slide until finally the milk price was zero.

"Good time to buy cows," he said.

On the other hand, perhaps the Democrats have found another tree to shake. After all, not all dairymen go broke when the milk price tanks.

--blj

 

 

7-29-16

Politico 

 

POLITICO's Morning Agriculture: Lawmakers call for dairy industry rescue — Four days until 'Big First' primary — CDC official

Catherine Boudreau

With help from Ian Kullgren and Helena Bottemiller Evich

https://blu183.mail.live.com/?tid=cmvUj7PpVV5hG8RAAhWtiJFA2&fid=flinbox

 

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR DAIRY INDUSTRY RESCUE: Less than two months after the USDA spent $300 million to help the struggling cotton industry, another sector is in need of some relief. A bipartisan group of more than 60 lawmakers is asking the USDA to provide emergency financial assistance to the dairy industry amid depressed market prices, which are mainly the result of oversupply in the U.S., the European Union and countries in other parts of the world. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack should use his authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation and look to past precedent to decide what action to take, according to the Thursday letter from the Hill contingent, which includes the likes of Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.). They noted producers are still adjusting to the new margin insurance program in the 2014 farm bill - and industry officials have separately said it hasn't provided enough protection during the glut.

"We encourage USDA to take any and all actions available in order to make an immediate market injection and offer financial assistance that will directly support U.S. dairy farmers equally, while being cautious to not stimulate overproduction further," the lawmakers wrote.

In the past, the USDA has addressed economic setbacks in the dairy industry by purchasing surpluses, for example; but the secretary has multiple options to review before deciding what approach will have the best results for producers, said Leahy spokesman David Carle. A USDA spokesperson said in an email the department is focused on implementing the available safety net enacted in the 2014 farm bill, and "will do everything we can within our authorities to make sure our dairy producers have a strong, effective safety net, in addition to expanded market opportunities domestically and abroad."

Europe has its own dairy woes. Earlier this month, the European Commission announced it was infusing 500 million euros into its dairy sector due to tanking prices. The commission for more than a year has tried to solve the crisis, which was triggered by events like the end of milk quotas last year and the Russian ban on EU food imports. The shift away from production quotas was supposed to allow farmers to be more market-oriented and grow their business, but instead has lead to overproduction. POLITICO Europe had the scoop.  

 

7-19-16

Politico.eu

Europe offers €500 million to help dairy farmers

Producers are counting on yet another Commission aid package to keep them in business.

Emmet Livingstone

Http://Www.Politico.Eu/Article/Europe-Awaits-Last-Ditch-Effort-To-Save-Its-Milk-Farms-Commission-Overproduction/

 

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Hillary Clinton: Ol' "Honey" Bill's candidate for president

Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 We were impressed by this note by Michael Moore in a section in the July 18 issue of The Nation called "We still need a future to believe in." Perhaps it was because it accords with our own gloomy view. Despite a real Murderers Row of Democratic Party orators on the opening night of the party's convention -- Sen. Cory Booker, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- and a speech for the history books by Sen. Bernie Sanders, our fears of political chaos in the Democratic Party are not allayed.

In the Democratic Party of 2016, everybody's special; ordinary Americans need not apply, and just might not, much. These successful aspirants -- Booker, the Obamas, Warren, Bill and Hill -- who found their social ladders to climb in academia and politics -- are no inspiration for ordinary people who lack these particular gifts and historical opportunity. And, of course, there is no reward for any child who lacks the ambition to out-compete his schoolmates.

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Destruction of Delta moves forward: courts say more of the pieces legal

Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-15-16

The Mercury News

State Supreme Court sides with Southern California in sale of delta islands

Matt Stevens

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The Swimming Mule and Other Agendas 4.

Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 Surface sinking, bottom rising

 

This article ought to be read together with the previous posting, "Harken to the harmony ...," to form a clearer picture of the politics and economics of the Colorado River Plateau in its 15th year of drought. Perhaps one could hum the tune to "How deep is the ocean" for a fuller reading experience.

 

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The Swimming Mule and Other Agendas 3.

Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Harken to the harmony of desert water experts. This should be read while humming "Home, Home on the Range." --blj)

 

Remaining Upbeat

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Just don't ...

Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Just don't vote

for Hillary or Trump.

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The Swimming Mule and Other Agendas 2.

Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We are accustomed to reading and listening to water policy from the perspectives of agribusiness, local, state and federal government, and of environmental concerns. It is a great discord of competing and conflicting public and private interests that is typically a win/lose situation for the weakest, least organized constituency -- the public.

Today, we are just peaking at the opening page of another chapter: water from the Wall Street perspective. Granted, Wall Street has always been there in one guise or another and we often don't notice the influence of the evermore powerful force of monopoly finance capitalism.

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Is this the sound of History turning over in its "grave"?

Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

7-10-16

Middle East Eye

Tony Blair could face censure vote in parliament over Iraq war

#Chilcot

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The Swimming Mule and Other Agendas 1.

Submitted: Jul 09, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board


Those who argue, on the other hand, that mankind has no chance of surviving the end but still has a chance to avert it, by getting rid of nuclear weapons, devising less wasteful technologies, and adopting a less wasteful way of life, rightly refuse to console themselves with the fantasy of a new life after the apocalypse, -- Christopher Lasch, The Minimal Self, Norton (1984), p. 86.

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Shrimp Slayer/Pimlico Kid located in another dark corner

Submitted: Jul 06, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 - Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), a member of the committee that considered the bill, now at Foley & Lardner ("Many of my clients are people who in the past I was very involved in their issues"). -- Isaac Arnsdorf, POLITICO Influence, July 5, 2016

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