Perdue unwilling to use SNAP to fullest during pandemic, says think tank – September 25, 2020

Perdue unwilling to use SNAP to fullest during pandemic, says think tank Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue shows more enthusiasm for cutting SNAP enrollment than in making full use of food stamps to alleviate hunger during the pandemic, said the think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) on Thursday. SNAP enrollment… Continue reading

Very large farms collect one-fifth of USDA’s coronavirus payments – September 23, 2020

Very large farms collect one-fifth of USDA’s coronavirus payments The average USDA coronavirus relief payment to farmers is less than $16,000 but the biggest operators are getting payments that are 22-times larger, said an environmental group on Tuesday in questioning the fairness of the $10 billion program. Meanwhile, lawmakers agreed… Continue reading

Trump announces $13 billion in additional coronavirus aid to farmers – September 18, 2020

Trump announces $13 billion in additional coronavirus aid to farmers During a re-election rally in rural Wisconsin on Thursday, President Trump announced an additional $13 billion in coronavirus relief for U.S. farmers and ranchers, more than doubling assistance to the sector. The money will be available beginning next week, said… Continue reading

Coronavirus requires a ‘massive response,’ Pelosi tells the NFU – September 16, 2020

Coronavirus requires a ‘massive response,’ Pelosi tells the NFU Six months into the pandemic, America needs a “massive response” to the coronavirus to keep the economy running, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday speaking to the National Farmers Union. “You can’t have a skinny deal,” said Pelosi.   Rural… Continue reading

In farm-state victory, EPA denies retro-exemptions from biofuel mandate – September 15, 2020

In farm-state victory, EPA denies retro-exemptions from biofuel mandate The EPA rejected more than four dozen requests by small petroleum refiners for retroactive exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard, said agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday in a decision that potentially expands the sale of corn-based ethanol.   Half-a-billion dollars… Continue reading