EPA Helps Gulf Region Farmers and China to Raise Pork Tariffs
**The EPA announced the availability of $12 million in funding to support historically underserved farmers within the Gulf of Mexico watershed.
The funds are from the “Farmer to Farmer” grant program and were announced by EPA Region 7, which includes waters in the Gulf of Mexico watershed.
Selected projects will work to increase collaboration among farming communities, while improving water quality, habitat, climate resilience, and environmental education through the demonstration of innovative practices on working lands.
**An anonymous local donor gave $50,000 to the Pacific Northwest Region of American Farmland Trust’s Brighter Future Fund.
Thanks to stakeholders who stepped up to match that gift, the region now has over $100,000 in grants available to help farmers throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho improve farm viability, access, transfer or permanently protect farmland or adopt regenerative agricultural practices.
AFT started accepting applications for the program last week.
To apply, submit your electronic Brighter Future Fund Application to AFT at https://farmland.org/brighter-future/.
**The Chinese finance ministry says it will raise the import duties on most pork products in 2022.
Reuters reports the move comes after China rapidly expanded its domestic production and has less of a need for imports in the near future.
The ministry will raise its tariff for most favored nations from the current 8% to 12% on January 1.
China had lowered its tariffs on frozen pork during 2020 following the African Swine Fever outbreak.