Trade Access, Mid-Terms – October 5, 2018

Wheat and dairy groups on trade

U.S. ‘locking up’ trade access to Canada and Mexico, says Perdue Wheat and dairy groups were guarded in their assessments of the North American trade pact, while Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asserted on Thursday the agreement “is locking up two of our top three markets for the future.” Farm bill… Continue reading

Fast Food, Farm Bill, #MeToo – October 4, 2018

Three things that go together: Young adults, affluence and fast food Roughly 37 percent of U.S. adults eat fast food daily, says a CDC analysis of dietary data, but the rate is much higher for men and women aged 20-39 and for higher-income people. Farm bill proposal on yields ‘does… Continue reading

#MeToo in Restaurant Industry, Farm Bill Deadlock, – October 3, 2018

#MeToo movement exposes alleged restaurant abuse

Farm bill deadlock raises chances of short-term extension Iowa’s Chuck Grassley was one of two senators on Tuesday to suggest an extension of the farm law that expired at the start of this week. President Trump has backed House Republicans in demanding stronger work requirements on a larger number of… Continue reading

Dairy Was A Deal-Breaker – October 2, 2018

Trump Sill on top in Farm Country

‘Dairy was a deal-breaker’ in writing NAFTA’s successor, says president President Trump veered between predicting easy approval of the new Canada-Mexico-U.S. trade agreement and expressing concerns about opposition to the pact on Monday while declaring that the agreement “is a very, very big deal for our farmers.” High costs for… Continue reading

Conaway Blames Senate as Farm Law Lapses – October 1, 2018

Conaway Blames Senate For Farm Bill Lapse

Conaway blames Senate as farm law lapses Two days after farm bill negotiators declared unity in working together on the 2018 farm bill, the House author of the most controversial proposal on the table — stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients — attacked Senate negotiators as “weak-willed”. Canada to… Continue reading

Trade Talks with Japan – September 28,

Japan Trade Talks

Trade talks with Japan are a chance to catch up, say farm groups Three groups that promote U.S. farm exports say the upcoming U.S.-Japan trade talks are a chance to gain ground against Australia, Canada, and the EU, which will benefit from free trade agreements with Japan. USDA nominee earned… Continue reading

Does the Farm Bill Spell Disappointment? – September 27, 2018

Is the Farm Bill destined to Disappoint?

Farm bill, just another in a roster of disappointments? Senate and House negotiators tacitly acknowledged on Wednesday that the 2018 farm bill will be late, due to intractable disagreements. The delay could add the bill to a growing list of agricultural disappointments. Japan sets limit on ag access in trade… Continue reading

Next Steps for Expiring Farm Bill – September 26, 2018

Expiring Farm Bill

The ‘big four’ look to next steps for expiring farm bill Farm bill negotiators are expected to acknowledge today that they will miss the only deadline they have set for themselves: Enactment of the 2018 farm bill by the end of September, now four days away. The “big four” leaders… Continue reading

Three House Republican Ag Members in Toss-Up Races – September 25, 2018

Republican Toss Up Race

Three House Republican Ag members in toss-up races By a tiny margin, Rep. Jeff Denham, a fourth-term Republican from the Central Valley of California, may be the most endangered member of the House Agriculture Committee, although two other Republican panelists are also in toss-up races. Ruth Reichl sees ‘pivotal moment’… Continue reading

Farm Bill Deadline Looms – September 24, 2018

GOP

If Congress misses farm bill deadline, how long will it take to finish the job? Barring a dramatic breakthrough, farm-state lawmakers will miss their target of enacting the 2018 farm bill in the next six days, according to two of the Senate and House negotiators charged with finding a compromise…. Continue reading