Dicamba Challenge, Trade War – January 14, 2019

Court challenge to EPA approval of dicamba is dismissed as moot

Trump trade war: ‘We’re going to hang with him,’ says Farm Bureau chief The Sino-U.S. trade war, which as stymied U.S. farm exports, “is going to be a long one, and we keep delivering the message, ‘We’re with you, Mr. President,’” said the leader of the largest U.S. farm group… Continue reading

The Time for Hemp has Come

The Time for Hemp has Come

January 9, 2019 “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” –Thomas Jefferson (TDA) As an eighth-generation farmer and rancher I know that variety in crop production is essential for Texas agricultural producers. Cotton is King in Texas,… Continue reading

SNAP Press Release

(Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019) – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans have access to the nutrition they need, despite the inability of Congress to pass an appropriations bill that safely secures our… Continue reading

Economic Storm in Farm Country – January 7, 2019

Growing economic storm

Federal nutrition assistance at risk in a long-running shutdown Two of the major public nutrition programs, SNAP and WIC, could run out of money if the partial government shutdown persists into February and beyond, affecting millions of people. While the USDA says funding is assured for this month, it is… Continue reading

USDA and the Shutdown – January 4, 2019

USDA and the Shutdown

As House Agriculture chairman, Peterson plans extensive oversight hearings Incoming Agriculture Committee chair Collin Peterson spelled out an ambitious plan for hearings on topics from the farm economy and the trade war to rural broadband and a review of Sonny Perdue’s decision to move two USDA agencies out of Washington…. Continue reading