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

Democrats Take House – November 7, 2018

Democrats Take the House

House elections stamp expiration date on GOP ‘welfare reform in the farm bill’ The midterm elections on Tuesday, giving Democrats control of the House beginning in January, effectively ended a Republican push for stricter SNAP work requirements in the 2018 farm bill. The elections could also be the jolt that… 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

Wyoming Ag-Gag Laws Unconstitutional – October 31, 2018

Wyoming Ag-Gag Laws Unconstitutional

Trump campaigning for farm-state Republicans in tight races Three Senate races, seven House races, and three statewide referendums could dramatically change the food and agriculture policy landscape after Tuesday’s midterms. Federal court finds Wyoming ag-gag laws unconstitutional The U.S. District Court in Wyoming ruled Monday that the state’s ag-gag laws… Continue reading

Animal Populations Fall Worldwide – October 30, 2018

Animal Populations Fall Worldwide

Trump to send second round of tariff payments to farmers by year end With no end in sight for the trade war, the Trump administration will begin a second, multibillion-dollar round of payments to soybean, cotton, pork, dairy, sorghum, wheat and corn producers by the end of the year, said… 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

Trump Heads for Farm Country – October 26, 2018

Trump heads to farm country for midterms

Trump heads for farm country as midterms near Ten days ahead of the midterm elections, President Trump will tout his agricultural record to a pared-down crowd of 7,000 teenagers at the FFA national convention in Indianapolis and campaign in southern Illinois for an imperiled Republican member of the House Agriculture… Continue reading

Big Soda Figts Local Soda Taxes

Soda

Perdue promotes America’s Harvest Box, the sequel The Trump administration’s budget-cutting plans for next year may well include a test, or even a full-scale revival, of “America’s Harvest Box,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday. Big Soda pours $20 million into fight against local soda taxes In June 2017,… Continue reading