Tariff Payments Begin – November 20, 2018

Tariff payments begin

Trump tariff payments flow to cities as well as rural mailboxes More than 1,100 of the early recipients of Trump tariff payments intended to offset the impact of the trade war on U.S. agriculture actually live in America’s largest cities, said the Environmental Working Group on Monday. The bailout recipients… Continue reading

Cell-Based Meat Oversight – November 19, 2018

Cell-based meat to be regulated

House ag reaches deal, sends farm bill to Senate, reports say House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has backed off dramatic changes to SNAP in the stalled $87 billion farm bill, sealing a deal with ranking Democrat Collin Peterson and sending a version of the bill to the Senate, according… Continue reading

Trump, McConnell, Farm Bill – November 16, 2018

Farm Bill discussion during lame duck

Trump and McConnell discuss farm bill as part of lame duck agenda While some analysts expressed skepticism about passage of the farm bill, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the bill among must-do legislation on Thursday for action in the brief congressional post-election session. Trade war battering… Continue reading

Farm Bill & Lame Duck – November 15, 2018

McConnell: Farm Bill must be completed

McConnell: Farm bill absolutely must be completed in lame duck session Congress is nearly a quarter of the way through its post-election session with no apparent compromise on SNAP work rules or other disputes in the farm bill. Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that the farm… Continue reading

Mississippi Senate, China Overfishing – November 14, 2018

Mississipi Senate Race

Trump acolyte presses ahead in Mississippi Senate race Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a member of President Trump’s agriculture advisory committee in 2016, is following the president’s no-apology campaign style in the Senate runoff election against former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, a Democrat. Hyde-Smith is the front-runner in strongly Republican Mississippi…. Continue reading

Farm Bill Outlook, Rural Population – November 8, 2018

Rural Population

Farm bill outlook: Lame duck passage or bust Farm bill negotiators said they expect to pass the $87-billion-a-year legislation in the lame duck session of Congress that opens on Tuesday. “I think we are relatively close,” said Collin Peterson, ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. “We could have that… Continue reading

Democrats Take House – November 7, 2018

Democrats Take the House

House elections stamp expiration date on GOP ‘welfare reform in the farm bill’ The midterm elections on Tuesday, giving Democrats control of the House beginning in January, effectively ended a Republican push for stricter SNAP work requirements in the 2018 farm bill. The elections could also be the jolt that… Continue reading