Trump, McConnell, Farm Bill – November 16, 2018

Farm Bill discussion during lame duck

Trump and McConnell discuss farm bill as part of lame duck agenda While some analysts expressed skepticism about passage of the farm bill, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the bill among must-do legislation on Thursday for action in the brief congressional post-election session. Trade war battering… 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

Trump, Fast Food, SNAP – October 29, 2018

Fast Food in CDC report

Trump: ‘We don’t have enough votes’ for stricter SNAP rules Banking on Republican gains in the midterm elections, President Trump said Congress could wait until next year to pass the farm bill because “we don’t have enough votes” now for stricter work requirements for millions of SNAP recipients. In CDC… 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

Growers to Split $4.7 Billion – September 14, 2018

$4.7 Billion for Growers

USDA explains how it divided $4.7 billion for growers When it decides whether to make a second round of Trump tariff payments, the USDA said on Thursday, it will consider changes in tariffs, commodity prices, and other market conditions since it announced that $4.7 billion would be split among the… Continue reading

Canada, Trade War, and Dicamba – August 30, 2018

Canada and NAFTA

Trade war ends China’s role as top U.S. ag export customer Canada, runner-up for most of this decade, has replaced China as the top market for U.S. farm exports because of the high tariffs that have discouraged sales in the Sino-U.S. trade war, said the Agriculture Department on Wednesday. China… Continue reading

Two Trump Officials Back Thinning of Forests

forest, trump, wildfire

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