House Revives Biodiesel Tax Credit – December 18, 2019

House revives biodiesel tax credit two years after it expired

Congress is on the verge of retroactive restoration of the $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax credit, a result of the last-minute inclusion of a package of tax breaks in a mammoth government funding bill. The House passed the bill on Tuesday, and the Senate is expected to approve it by the end of the week.

Farm support for Trump is highest ever ahead of impeachment

On the same day that President Trump praised soon-to-be Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a straw poll of farmers gave Trump an approval rating of 82 percent, his highest tally yet.


Chile market struggles (New York Times): Two decades of drought and a labor shortage are adversely affecting the harvest of Hatch chiles, a driver of New Mexico’s agricultural economy.

Voters want healthy soil (Union of Concerned Scientists): A majority of voters in five farm states say they would back a presidential candidate who supports healthy soil policies, according to a new poll.

Fallout from a creamery’s collapse (Washington Post): The closing of Trickling Springs Creamery has led to, among other effects, the excommunication of the company’s owners from their Pennsylvania Mennonite community.

Farmer-led hemp group is launched (Fence Post): An array of partners will create a new farmer-led trade group, the U.S. Hemp Growers Association, which will include the 300 members of the U.S. Hemp Farming Alliance.

Panel approves NBAF bill (Senate Agriculture): On a voice vote, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill affirming the mission of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which has been transferred to the USDA from the Homeland Security Department, to protect the U.S. food supply and the agricultural sector.

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