Helena Bottemiller Evich

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surely this is totally unrelated to lack of sleep from 4-5 a.m. toddler wakeups all week.
I just lit a kitchen towel on fire while making coffee while on the phone w/a source and I calmly put the flames out in the sink w/out skipping a beat and continued the call. Peak WFH vibes over here🔥
New: Top Biden officials spent more than a month locked in intense debate over when to send COVID vaccine doses abroad, amid disagreements over the optics and strength of the US stockpile. Inside the delay that’s split Biden’s senior ranks, w/ @ErinBanco: politico.com/news/2021/04/2…
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This is a huge and underappreciated challenge going forward. The structure and duration of the credit is not standardized. What are farmers selling (and guaranteeing)? What is the value to the buyer? twitter.com/hbottemiller/s…
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Wow: Microsoft bought nearly 200k farm-based carbon credits (big!) ... but the company **rejected** more than 5 million credits offered by ag “because of systemic problems with measuring their climate benefit.” ⁦@Reutersreuters.com/article/us-usa…
Come work with us! @politico is hiring a reporter to cover financial technology and crypto full time. Bonus: you’ll have the awesome @Zachary as an editor. recruiting.ultipro.com/PER1013PCLL/Jo…
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“Sometimes in the political world, games get played and issues are injected into the conversation knowing full well there’s no factual basis.” Vilsack slams the Biden meat ban myth: politi.co/3sN6uUo
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“There is no effort designed to limit people’s intake of beef coming out of President Biden’s White House or USDA" - @SecVilsack told reporters today. Latest on this mind-numbing, manufactured controversy from @RyanMcCrimmon: politico.com/news/2021/04/2…
A good chart on how nutrition aid spending has changed over time. We are again at record highs following several years of decline after the Great Recession -- these programs are designed to shrink and expand w/economic conditions. twitter.com/USDA_ERS/statu…
Chip and Joanna Gaines recently bought The Waco Tribune-Herald building. Here, @JBSmithTrib writes a beautiful history of the structure, the newspaper, and its legacy. wacotrib.com/news/local/his…
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The news about the “President Biden’s 90% meat reduction plan” is nothing but made up news. twitter.com/ddale8/status/…
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tfw you stay offline for a weekend and climate/food Twitter goes completely off the rails in like six directions. twitter.com/SenSchumer/sta…
"The family of a Black man shot by a Virginia sheriff's deputy this week says he's in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds, and they have no idea why." fredericksburg.com/news/state-and…
As President Joe Biden pledges a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the next 10 years, the administration hasn't set specific targets for the agriculture sector which accounts for 10 percent of all U.S. emissions. politico.com/news/2021/04/2…
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Biden on Thursday pledged a drastic reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But the White House hasn’t set any specific targets yet for agriculture, which accounts for 10 percent of all U.S. emissions. Good read from @RyanMcCrimmon politico.com/news/2021/04/2…
Historic day: Jewel Bronaugh (⁦@VaAgComm)⁩ testified before Senate Ag. If confirmed, Bronaugh would be first Black woman and first woman of color to serve as deputy secretary of USDA since ⁩Abraham Lincoln founded the dept in 1862.
Reading through the annual mix of Earth Day press releases, I can only conclude that everything is sustainable, everything has been sustainable, and everything shall be sustainable.
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"Biden’s approach to climate is obviously a radical shift from the Trump Administration... But it’s also a shift from the Obama Administration, which pushed climate action sporadically, sometimes reluctantly, and never this vigorously." -@MikeGrunwald politico.com/news/2021/04/2…
A Senate bill to bolster private ag carbon markets is so popular it’s hard to keep with the co-sponsor list. Here’s list ⁦@SenatorBraun⁩ shared with me this morning. 20 Ds & 22 Rs. (I think this may already be out of date)
“We should ask ourselves, our communities, and our government: if a business can’t pay a living wage, should it be a business?” -⁦@annehelen⁩, arguing broken biz models are to blame for worker shortages, not UI, etc annehelen.substack.com/p/the-capitali…
A bipartisan bill aimed at bolstering agricultural carbon markets has garnered enough Republican support to have a good chance of passage in the Senate. Latest from @Ximena_Bustillo & me: twitter.com/Morning_Ag/sta…
The verdict is out. 2nd degree unintentional murder: GUILTY 3rd degree murder: GUILTY 2nd degree manslaughter: GUILTY #ChauvinTrial
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In more climate Ag news: @SenStabenow, @SenatorBraun and @JohnBoozman introduced their Growing Climate Solutions Act today with plans of a committee markup on Thursday. The lawmaker are looking to push the bill forward as a standalone while watching infrastructure talks.
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Today, @SanfordBishop cited my story on P-EBT delays in a USDA hearing. He called the piece "alarming" & asked dept for an update. USDA said states are having trouble w/data (they are, indeed). So far, 35 states & territories approved. Delays continue. politico.com/news/2021/04/0…
Didn't expect @RottenInDenmark to be an Olestra truther, but I am here for it (and also the FDA regulatory wonkery and @marionnestle shout outs). This episode of @MaintenancePod w/@yrfatfriend is totally wild. open.spotify.com/episode/2tQW9a…
"Republicans ages 18 to 29 have a more moderate view of climate change and its effects than their elders. Nearly two-thirds of them believe humans are the main cause of global warming, compared to just a third of Republican baby boomers."
"That’s a gap of 53 points; for comparison, in 2001, the gap was a mere 13 points." (!!! <<< exclamation points mine)
Grist recently broke down the latest Gallup numbers: "82 percent of Democrats said they believe that the effects of global warming have already begun. Meanwhile, only 29 percent of Republicans did, a record low."
Interestingly, this shift in GOP climate messaging comes as American attitudes on climate change appear to be getting more polarized -- except for among younger voters.
One thing all sides seem to agree on is that whatever is done on climate whether in Congress or by admin: It'll be voluntary and incentive based (as we've noted in MA previously: No one serious thinks on-farm mandates are on the table/politically feasible).
Of course, rhetoric is one thingy. The overall policy stance doesn't end up radically different: “I don't believe there is a need for immediate, must-pass climate legislation in agriculture,” Thompson said as he unveiled a suite of climate + ag bills late last week.
Thompson, in 2009: During cap and trade debate: "Most of the debate of the majority party here, it's not so much based on real science as political science or even, to some degree, science fiction." Full comments here: govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CR…
A thread >> I think sometimes we forget how much GOP messaging on climate change has changed within just a few years: "We are not debating whether or not climate change is real; those days are over." - House Ag ranking member GT Thompson. politico.com/newsletters/we…
All D.C. jail inmates have been locked in their cells for 23 hours a day for more than a year - an unusually draconian measure with no clear exit strategy washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/… via @PeteJamison
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More than 1,000 workers at this Seaboard pork processing plant have contracted Covid-19, and six have died, the company said this week — making it one of the largest meatpacking plant outbreaks in the country. twitter.com/KJRH2HD/status…
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Nearly half of U.S. states have yet to distribute P-EBT benefits this school year due to logistical and bureaucratic obstacles to the $2 billion-a-month program, which helps low-income parents buy food for school-age and younger children. @politico politico.com/news/2021/04/0…
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This week in #Agriculture: �@SenBookerr introduces a bill with hopes of inclusion in Biden’s infrastructure package 💰A look at Biden’s spending plans for Ag vi@RyanMcCrimmonon 🥬 What the FDA warned the leafy green industry v@hbottemillerler And morpolitico.com/newsletters/we…9mJ
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“What’s going on is you’re fixin’ to ride the lightning, son.” This is how a cop talks to an active duty Army lieutenant who wants to know why he’s been pulled over and why there are weapons drawn on him. “You’re fixin’ to ride the lightning, son.” pilotonline.com/news/crime/vp-…
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This is so important & very much overlooked >>> More than half of children w/autism live in low-income households and 30% live in very low-income households. twitter.com/jpitney/status…
Despite Congress last year approving a $2 billion a month program to give food assistance to low-income families with children, California has not yet given any money out. Here's why, from @politico -> politico.com/news/2021/04/0…
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Important story: Pennsylvania is among the states whose plans have been approved, but the $ hasn't gone out yet: wesa.fm/post/pa-famili… twitter.com/hbottemiller/s…
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In numerous states, a bureaucratic system has kept hundreds — sometimes thousands — of dollars in extra grocery benefits from getting to parents who qualify for special pandemic aid politi.co/3wxGvn3
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"Moral of the story from the pandemic is: Fast and simple. That's what we needed. When we had success, it was fast and simple." @politico @hbottemiller @urbaninstitute politico.com/news/2021/04/0…
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Keeping her family fed during the pandemic has been a herculean feat. At times, it meant skipping meals herself. She’s lost 36 pounds since March from rationing.
Normally, her kids would eat breakfast and lunch at school, which helped stretch the family’s SNAP benefits. During Covid, Flennoy-Corder began feeding all of them — including her 18-month-old, 4-year-old and her 4-year-old nephew she watches during the day — every meal at home.
Flennoy-Corder, who’s a full-time student and fledgling business owner, has been managing virtual instruction for her four school-aged kids, who range from fifth to 10th grade, for more than a year now.
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