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

Soybeans and the Trade War – November 5, 2018

Soybeans

Trump’s trade war knocks soybeans out of running for top U.S. crop for a decade The neck-and-neck race between soybeans and corn for the title of No. 1 U.S. crop is over after one lap, with corn the victor and soybeans out of the running due to trade war with… Continue reading

New NAFTA Hurts – November 1, 2018

New NAFTA results in losses

Four times more tariff pain than financial gain in ‘new NAFTA’ Although President Trump declared the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement a big win for U.S. farmers, a study released on Wednesday says U.S. farm exports will fall by $1.8 billion due to retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and Canada. That would be… Continue reading

Wyoming Ag-Gag Laws Unconstitutional – October 31, 2018

Wyoming Ag-Gag Laws Unconstitutional

Trump campaigning for farm-state Republicans in tight races Three Senate races, seven House races, and three statewide referendums could dramatically change the food and agriculture policy landscape after Tuesday’s midterms. Federal court finds Wyoming ag-gag laws unconstitutional The U.S. District Court in Wyoming ruled Monday that the state’s ag-gag laws… Continue reading

Animal Populations Fall Worldwide – October 30, 2018

Animal Populations Fall Worldwide

Trump to send second round of tariff payments to farmers by year end With no end in sight for the trade war, the Trump administration will begin a second, multibillion-dollar round of payments to soybean, cotton, pork, dairy, sorghum, wheat and corn producers by the end of the year, said… Continue reading