Farm Bill & Lame Duck – November 15, 2018

McConnell: Farm Bill must be completed

McConnell: Farm bill absolutely must be completed in lame duck session Congress is nearly a quarter of the way through its post-election session with no apparent compromise on SNAP work rules or other disputes in the farm bill. Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that the farm… 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

Trade Access, Mid-Terms – October 5, 2018

Wheat and dairy groups on trade

U.S. ‘locking up’ trade access to Canada and Mexico, says Perdue Wheat and dairy groups were guarded in their assessments of the North American trade pact, while Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asserted on Thursday the agreement “is locking up two of our top three markets for the future.” Farm bill… Continue reading

Fast Food, Farm Bill, #MeToo – October 4, 2018

Three things that go together: Young adults, affluence and fast food Roughly 37 percent of U.S. adults eat fast food daily, says a CDC analysis of dietary data, but the rate is much higher for men and women aged 20-39 and for higher-income people. Farm bill proposal on yields ‘does… Continue reading

#MeToo in Restaurant Industry, Farm Bill Deadlock, – October 3, 2018

#MeToo movement exposes alleged restaurant abuse

Farm bill deadlock raises chances of short-term extension Iowa’s Chuck Grassley was one of two senators on Tuesday to suggest an extension of the farm law that expired at the start of this week. President Trump has backed House Republicans in demanding stronger work requirements on a larger number of… Continue reading

Conaway Blames Senate as Farm Law Lapses – October 1, 2018

Conaway Blames Senate For Farm Bill Lapse

Conaway blames Senate as farm law lapses Two days after farm bill negotiators declared unity in working together on the 2018 farm bill, the House author of the most controversial proposal on the table — stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients — attacked Senate negotiators as “weak-willed”. Canada to… Continue reading

Does the Farm Bill Spell Disappointment? – September 27, 2018

Is the Farm Bill destined to Disappoint?

Farm bill, just another in a roster of disappointments? Senate and House negotiators tacitly acknowledged on Wednesday that the 2018 farm bill will be late, due to intractable disagreements. The delay could add the bill to a growing list of agricultural disappointments. Japan sets limit on ag access in trade… Continue reading

Next Steps for Expiring Farm Bill – September 26, 2018

Expiring Farm Bill

The ‘big four’ look to next steps for expiring farm bill Farm bill negotiators are expected to acknowledge today that they will miss the only deadline they have set for themselves: Enactment of the 2018 farm bill by the end of September, now four days away. The “big four” leaders… Continue reading

Farm Bill Deadline Looms – September 24, 2018

GOP

If Congress misses farm bill deadline, how long will it take to finish the job? Barring a dramatic breakthrough, farm-state lawmakers will miss their target of enacting the 2018 farm bill in the next six days, according to two of the Senate and House negotiators charged with finding a compromise…. Continue reading