N.C. Right to Farm Act Challenge Dismissed and Phase One with China Ends
**A three-judge panel unanimously dismissed a challenge to the North Carolina “Right to Farm” Act.
National Hog Farmer says the challenge was brought by the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, North Carolina Environmental Justice Community Action Network, and Waterkeeper Alliance in 2019.
The ruling was similar to a decision made earlier this year by a special panel of three Superior Court Judges.
In 2017, North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation to clarify and strengthen the state’s Right to Farm laws.
**Spending on USDA's food and nutrition assistance programs jumped 30% in fiscal year 2020 to an inflation-adjusted record of $122.1 billion, abruptly reversing a six-year decline.
This federal response to assistance during the COVID pandemic included USDA waivers allowing flexibility in the administration of 15 existing food and nutrition assistance programs and the creation of two programs, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer and the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
**As we reach the end of the Phase One Trade Deal today, China has purchased U.S. ag commodities at a faster pace than last year.
American Farm Bureau Federation senior economist, Veronica Nigh says thru November, we exported $30 billion dollars to China, up 33% from the same time period in 2020.
Nigh says Phase One ends today, making the relationship between U.S. and China all the more complicated going into 2022.