Federal judge halts Black farmers’ debt-relief program in new legal blow
Black and other minority farmers were dealt a new legal blow on Wednesday when Florida federal court issued a preliminary injunction halting a key part of the Biden federal stimulus relief package that forgave agricultural debts to farmers of color.washingtonpost.com
Here are the Ann Arbor area farms offering subscriptions at upcoming virtual CSA fair
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Statewide CSA Network will be hosting an upcoming virtual CSA fair featuring Michigan farms on Feb. 26. A Community Supported Agriculture share is a subscription program to a local farm in which you pay a farmer upfront for a regular delivery or pickup of their harvest. The CSA fair will consist of two drop-in Zoom sessions: one at “lunch hour” from noon to 1 p.m. and a “happy hour” session from 5-6 p.m. Regional breakout rooms will be available so you can learn more about which farms offer shares in your area. Here are the Ann Arbor area farms offering CSAs this year:Interested in participating in the fair?
Black farmers question USDA priorities as Black-owned farms decrease in the U.S.
Black farmers question USDA priorities as Black-owned farms decrease in the U.S. U.S. Department of Agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack faces criticism from Black farmers for not doing enough under the Obama administration to address systemic racism in farming. Meanwhile, the number of Black-owned farms in the U.S. continues to decline. Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, John W. Boyd Jr., joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss his experience and why he has hope for the Justice for Black Farmers Act.cbsnews.com
Farmers Insurance Open Preview: ‘A Major Championship-Style Venue, Where Par Is A Good Score,’ Says CBS Sports’ Mark Immelman
(CBSLA) — The Farmers Insurance Open continues its long run at Torrey Pines this week, as the PGA Tour moves through its West Coast Swing. Ranked seventh in the world, he has also found success at Torrey Pines, with top-five finishes the last two years. The wind is forecasted to be relatively calm at Torrey Pines in the coming days, but could always change. He was top five in shots gained: off-the-tee (.756) and shots gained: tee-to-green (1.344) in 2020. He was similarly strong last year in shots gained: off-the-tee (.702) and shots gained: tee-to-green (1.314).detroit.cbslocal.com
‘It’s an environment of hope’ -- Thousands protest in Detroit in support of Indian farmers
DETROIT – More than 1,000 Indian-American across Metro Detroit held a car rally Sunday in support of Indian farmers. The image of an elderly Sikh man being beaten by an Indian paramilitary officer has galvanized more support than any other. The protest in Detroit joined protests happening all around the world with residents fighting to protect their way of life on the other side of the world. “That’s what common people want.”“The way of life for so many families -- including mine -- is farming,” said Manvir Sandhu. “This shows democracy.”“It’s an environment of hope,” Manvir Sandhu said.
Hundreds rally in Canton in support of India farmers facing controversial legislation
CANTON, Mich. – Despite the cold weather and ongoing health crisis, on Saturday Metro Detroiters joined in on protests happening in several countries in support of Indian farmers. Hundreds of Indian-Americans from across Metro Detroit gathered in Heritage Park in Canton for a peaceful rally to show support for farmers. “There are farmers out there who need our help,” said Michigan Rep. Ranjeev Puri. Related: India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talkOne Michigan protester, Dr. Amanjot Sarao, comes from a long line of farmers. “I was shocked.”Protesters said they felt proud of their Metro Detroit neighbors for coming together and speaking up for those whose voices are being silenced in India.
Viewer makes weather data available to Michigan farmers
LANSING, Mich. Michigans Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is making data on programs related to weather conditions available to farmers. The Geographic Information System viewer allows the agency to take different types of data sets and turn them into easy-to-understand visuals like maps. The data is from resources like the Michigan State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The viewer will be updated as new information is identified. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell said financial assistance programs can be critical for farmers as extreme weather conditions such as drought, deep freezes or flooding impacts their ability to plant, harvest or tend to their crops.
Small Biz Saturday: Argus Farm Stop adds larger online inventory, makes changes during pandemic
The farm stop had to buy more refrigeration to accommodate the new inventory and to hold online orders. Sample also said the success of the Argus Farm Stop online orders was due to its customers. (Argus Farm Stop)Additionally, Argus Farm Stop implemented grocery delivery for its customers. Currently, both Argus Farm Stop locations are open to customers but are limited to only five at one time. Visit Argus Farm Stop at 325 W. Liberty St. and at 1200 Packard Rd.
Credit-strapped U.S. farmers to get coronavirus help with more flexible federal loans
REUTERS/Jim Young/File PhotoCHICAGO (Reuters) - Farmers financially hurt by coronavirus will have an easier time getting federal loans after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday it will relax its loan process. USDAs Farm Service Agency (FSA) said it also is extending deadlines for producers to deal with loans, including allowing financially troubled or delinquent farmers to be considered for loan deferral. Agricultural lenders, too, are turning to the agency to help guarantee the loans they are issuing to farmers - whether for operational or real estate needs. Such loan guarantees and direct loans through USDA FSA are often considered loans of last resort, say bankers and economists. USDA also said it will temporarily halt loan accelerations, non-judicial foreclosures and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice for loans that have failed.feeds.reuters.com
CBS Sports Announces 2020 PGA Tour Golf Coverage
After a short winter run, CBS Sports golf coverage continues with the Masters April 9-12 in Augusta, the first of its two majors this season. This seasons PGA Tour calendar will see a few more adjustments after last seasons restructuring. CBS Sports coverage of the PGA Tour culminates with the Northern Trust, the first tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs. Immelman, who won the 2008 Masters, has two PGA Tour and four European Tour titles to his name. All CBS Sports coverage of the PGA Tour, beginning with the Farmers Insurance Open, will also be available for live streaming with CBS All Access.detroit.cbslocal.com