Ag News: USDA Invests to End Global Hunger
**Researchers in the Klamath Basin are studying new barley varieties that can adapt to climate change and potentially benefit breweries, craft beer producers and malting companies.
Historically, the basin is California’s largest production area for malting barley because of its warm, dry conditions.
But due to the drought, researchers are working with barleys that can be planted in cooler fall months and need less irrigation.
**With California’s Proposition 12 set to take effect on January 1st, two farm groups are asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the voter-approved standards.
www.agriculture.com reports, Prop 12 bans the sale of pork products produced OUTSIDE the state that don’t match California’s rules.
Now, unsuccessful at lower court levels, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation have turned to the Supreme Court with a Commerce Clause argument that Prop 12 puts undue burdens on producers and consumers outside of the state.
**At last week’s United Nations Food Systems Summit, the USDA highlighted $5 billion in planned investments and the steps taken to advance the goals of ending hunger and malnutrition and building more sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says we must use the power of ingenuity to improve food systems to provide safe, nutritious, affordable and accessible food, while conserving natural resources and combating climate concerns.