Tariff Payments Double – December 18, 2018

Tariff payments double

USDA doubles Trump tariff payments to farmers to $9.6 billion Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Monday the second and final round of $4.8 billion of Trump tariff payments, meaning crop and livestock producers will collect up to $9.6 billion in cash to cushion the impact of the Sino-U.S. trade… Continue reading

Family Farming on Precipice – December 11, 2018

Family Farming on Precipice

Farm bill makes distant relatives eligible for subsidies Congress is expected to send President Trump a farm bill this week that makes nieces, nephews and first cousins of farmers eligible for crop subsidies, a setback in the decades-old drive to control farm spending. Family farming on a precipice, Wisconsin farmers… Continue reading

Industrial Egg, Farm Bill – December 10, 2018

Industrial egg future

Status-quo farm bill nears victory with modifications already in the air After months as an ideological flashpoint, a toned-down farm bill is on track for bipartisan passage in Congress this week, short of a proposal for stricter SNAP work requirements. Enactment won’t end debate over the status-quo legislation. Opposition mounts… Continue reading

Wary Democrats, Low Ag Surplus – December 6, 2018

Lowest ag surplus due to trade war

Wary Democrats slow path for USDA civil rights nominee The Senate Agriculture Committee cleared three USDA nominees for a floor vote on Wednesday, but significant Democratic opposition could prevent a confirmation vote this year on Naomi Earp, President Trump’s pick to be the agency’s assistant secretary for civil rights. Trade… Continue reading

Egg Law, Farm Subsidies – December 5, 2018

California egg law bodes well for future

Congress sets the rules but farm subsidies are ‘a great investment,’ says Perdue Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue steered clear of a farm bill squabble on Tuesday that has Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley considering a vote against the bill because it would relax crop subsidy limits. DOJ’s stance on California egg… Continue reading