Senate approves farm bill compromise that avoids food stamp cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on a farm bill that leaves out a proposal to tighten food stamps criteria backed by President Donald Trump, and offers some financial certainty to farmers suffering from the U.S. trade war with China. The bill passed the Senate 87-13. Congressional staffers are expecting the House to vote by Thursday and […]

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White farmer's role highlights South Africa's land reform challenge

EDENVILLE, South Africa (Reuters) – Earlier this year, Nick Serfontein wrote an open letter to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to take the views of white farmers on board as the government considers expropriating land without compensation to reduce rural poverty. Now Serfontein sits on a 10-person board advising the president where to go next, based on what […]

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Republican senator decries USDA aid for WH Group unit Smithfield

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prominent Republican on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee complained on Thursday about Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc receiving aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture meant to help American farmers hurt by China’s trade tariffs. “I dont understand why Chinese owned Smithfield qualifies for USDA $$ meant to help our farmers,” Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa wrote […]

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Zulu king wants South Africa land reform to exclude his territories

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini wants President Cryil Ramaphosa to sign an agreement promising to exclude territories that the monarch controls from a government land reform drive, the eNCA news channel reported on Monday. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is targeting white-owned land for expropriation while also seeking to provide security of tenure to the 17 million […]

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