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

USDA to Deliver Spending Cut – October 18, 2018

Spending cut ordered

USDA says it will deliver on Trump request for 5-percent spending cut Under orders from President Trump to cut spending by 5 percent, the USDA may try to slash the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance program, eliminate a green-payment program, or take an ax to its research agencies, if recent proposals are… Continue reading

Trade Talks with Japan – September 28,

Japan Trade Talks

Trade talks with Japan are a chance to catch up, say farm groups Three groups that promote U.S. farm exports say the upcoming U.S.-Japan trade talks are a chance to gain ground against Australia, Canada, and the EU, which will benefit from free trade agreements with Japan. USDA nominee earned… Continue reading

Three House Republican Ag Members in Toss-Up Races – September 25, 2018

Republican Toss Up Race

Three House Republican Ag members in toss-up races By a tiny margin, Rep. Jeff Denham, a fourth-term Republican from the Central Valley of California, may be the most endangered member of the House Agriculture Committee, although two other Republican panelists are also in toss-up races. Ruth Reichl sees ‘pivotal moment’… Continue reading

E15 and Trump’s Farmer Support – August 16, 2018

Year Round Ethanol sales

Wheeler ‘working very hard’ on year-round E15, says Grassley Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is “working very hard to find a solution” for the year-round sale of E15, said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. Grassley also said that an earlier proposal that would allow refiners… Continue reading

Two Trump Officials Back Thinning of Forests

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Wanted: Office space in a city with a ‘critical mass of intellectual capacity’ The Agriculture Department is willing to go far into the countryside to find office space for two agencies that it wants to move out of Washington. The new headquarters must have robust internet service, a “critical mass… Continue reading