Tag: agriculture

Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina named Forbes Man of the Year

Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina named Forbes Man of the Year

| December 12, 2013

(GIN)—For adapting new technologies to address the financial needs of farmers, Nigerian Minister of Agriculture Akinwumi Adesina was tapped as the Forbes Man of the Year 2013. By introducing the e-wallet and using cellphones, Adesina said he was cutting out the middlemen and the losses due to corruption. “When I came on board in July […]

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Meet extreme gardener Willie Richardson and family

Meet extreme gardener Willie Richardson and family

| December 4, 2013

For decades, Ephraim Smiley has been the face of organic urban gardening in the area. Now Smiley said he has met his match and wants to introduce another “extreme gardener” to the community.

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A message to the USDA: Continue to respect black farmers

| May 30, 2013

By Benjamin Todd Jealous—There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farm ownership in America. But, we can do our best to move forward. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agreed to settle the civil rights lawsuit Pigford vs. Glickman. The settlement promised to compensate thousands of black farmers who suffered racial discrimination at the hands of the USDA’s farm loan program between 1981 and 1996.

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Ag gag legislation revived—call today to kill bill

| May 6, 2013

Senate Bill 373, the Ag Gag bill was heard in conference committee recently and anti-consumer language was inserted back in the bill by the original Senate author Travis Holdman. The amended language makes it a misdemeanor to video record or photograph inhumane, unsafe and unethical practices at factory farms, in industry and mining and then provide that evidence to members of the media or public.

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