White House cites USDA ‘poison pills’ in threat to veto $260 billion spending bill
The White House listed five dozen objections to parts of a $260 billion government funding bill, including bans on implementing two Trump regulations to narrow SNAP eligibility, on Thursday, and threatened a presidential veto. As the House debated the appropriations bill, Republican senators worked on coronavirus relief legislation expected to include billions of dollars of new agricultural assistance.
Signs of Covid-19 slump in Indiana farmland prices
Farm managers, land brokers, appraisers, and other professionals attribute a modest decline in Indiana farmland values in the first half of the year, a trend expected to continue into the winter, to disruptions accompanying the coronavirus, said Purdue University on Thursday.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Election race leans toward Torres Small: “No (House) Democratic incumbent is an outright underdog as of now — even members who hold seats that (President) Trump won by double digits” in 2016. That assessment includes House Agriculture chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and committee member Xochitl Torres Small, whose New Mexico seat now “leans Democratic.” (Sabato’s Crystal Ball)
Record world corn crop despite U.S. cut: Although reduced plantings could make the U.S. corn crop 12 million tonnes smaller than expected a month ago, global corn production is projected to rise by 4 percent in 2020/21, to a record 1.16 billion tonnes. Total global grain production would also set a record. (International Grains Council)
JBS accused of buying cattle from illegal land: JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, bought cattle that were illegally grazed on land protected from development in the Amazon, says a report by Amnesty International. JBS denied wrongdoing. (Mongabay)
Livestock disposal program is extended: Iowa state agriculture secretary Mike Naig said a new round of state compensation is available to egg and hog farmers who culled layer hens, market-weight hogs, and weaned pigs because of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Iowa Department of Agriculture)
Coronavirus aid for fairs: County and state fairs are economic engines and social gathering places that deserve inclusion in a coronavirus relief package, said lawmakers from California and Missouri. (Farm Journal)