Policy News

  • Financial Relief Bill to Dairy Farmers Survives Challenge

    03/24/2017 07:21 AM

    An effort to provide financial relief to New Hampshire's dairy farmers strained by last year's drought survived a challenge in the House on Thursday, with some opponents calling it a taxpayer funded bailout.

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    Perdue Breezes Through Ag Secretary Nomination Hearing
    03/23/2017 12:08 PM

    Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue enjoyed an amicable start to his Senate confirmation hearing to become the next USDA Secretary of Agriculture, receiving bipartisan compliments and fielding a broad range of questions about the agriculture sector and rural America. The meeting concluded in just over two hours.

  • EU, Japan Forge Ahead in Trade Talks as Trump Gives Impetus
    03/21/2017 08:19 PM

    Both sides urge open markets amid U.S. protectionist tilt.


  • Under Trump, Wisconsin Dairies Struggle to Keep Immigrant Workers
    03/21/2017 06:39 PM

    Workers cite hostility and heightened enforcement. Dairy farmers raise wages to attract and keep Mexican and Central American employees.

  • Trump Winery in Virginia Seeks More Foreign Workers
    03/21/2017 05:26 PM

    As President Donald Trump touts job creation for Americans as a top priority, his son's Virginia winery is seeking permission to hire foreign workers to cultivate its grapes.

  • Trump Applauds Farmers in Ag Day Proclamation
    03/21/2017 03:34 PM

    The proclamation applauds our nation’s farmers as “endlessly innovative,” as well as being determined, self-reliant and a critical component to the nation’s future.

  • Trump's Trade Pick to Pursue Stronger Relationship With Taiwan
    03/21/2017 02:10 PM

    Trade negotiations with Taiwan would benefit beef and pork producers.

  • Officials Seek Clarity from Feds After Farmworkers Arrested
    03/21/2017 01:11 PM

    Vermont officials, including the three members of the state's congressional delegation, said Monday they are asking federal authorities to clarify their immigration priorities following the arrests last week of three advocates for farmworkers.

  • The Farm CPA: Tax Reform: What Might Happen?
    03/21/2017 09:28 AM

    Now that President Donald Trump is in the White House and Republicans are in control of the House and the Senate, it is almost a guarantee we will have tax reform this year. There will be major changes that affect farmers. 

  • Former Dairy Farmer Leads Trump-Russia Investigation
    03/20/2017 08:59 PM

    Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm. Now the man from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in recent memory.

  • Missouri Legislature Passes Regulations for Herbicide Use
    03/20/2017 05:59 PM

    Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill increasing a fine for illegally using herbicides that damage other farmers' crops.

  • How Will Trump Policies Affect Global Ag Investments?
    03/20/2017 02:10 PM

    Donald Trump wasted no time making some bold proclamations early in his presidency, including the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and his intention to renegotiate NAFTA. Many – including attendees of the upcoming Global AgInvesting conference – want to know the consequences these and other policies will affect U.S. agriculture, global trade and related investments.

  • From Dairy Farm Kid to House Intel Chair
    03/20/2017 09:50 AM

    Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm. Now the Republican from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in recent memory.

  • Perdue Nomination Hearing Date Set for Next Week
    03/17/2017 09:02 AM

    After much speculation, Sonny Perdue, secretary of agriculture nominee, has a formal hearing date set.

  • Idaho Loosens Agricultural Field Burning Restrictions
    03/17/2017 05:43 AM

    Idaho officials have approved rules loosening restrictions on agricultural field burning that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some residents.

  • In Macri's Sputtering Argentina, Best Bet Is Being a Farmer
    03/16/2017 05:31 PM

    Bargain loans for agricultural sector driving investments.

  • Proposed Budget Slashes EPA by 31%, Fires 3,200
    03/16/2017 12:17 PM

    When it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), President Donald Trump has certainly delivered on his promises of deregulation. Trump’s 2018 budget proposal includes a 31% cut to EPA’s budget and a reduction of approximately 3,200 positions at the agency.

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    What Latest Interest Rate Hike Means for Farm Country
    03/16/2017 10:53 AM

    The Federal Reserve is fulfilling a widely-expected move, raising its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday.

  • 10 Ways Trump's Budget Would Affect USDA
    03/16/2017 10:00 AM

    President Trump’s newly released 2018 budget proposal requests $17.9 billion for USDA. This represents a 21% decrease from 2017. The 2018 budget proposal outlines 10 USDA changes of note in particular. Here's what you need to know.

  • Huge Government Cuts Planned to Fund Military Spending
    03/16/2017 09:16 AM

    President Donald Trump is proposing historically deep budget cuts for targets including USDA and EPA that would touch almost every federal agency and program and dramatically reorder government priorities to boost defense and security spending, although it’s likely to face a fight in Congress.

  • Ag Groups Meet with Trump to Discuss Trade Concerns
    03/16/2017 07:49 AM

    Executive staff leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations commended the Trump administration for engaging in a substantive and productive meeting today focused on the importance of continued growth of food and agriculture exports.

  • Arkansas Bill Allows Companies to Sue Over Secret Videos
    03/16/2017 06:13 AM

    The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would let companies sue anyone, including employees, if they share a secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. 

  • NY Senate, Assembly Back 'Farm-to-Foodbank' Idea
    03/15/2017 02:18 PM

    A proposal that would give New York farmers a tax credit for donating fruits, vegetables and other products to food banks is gaining momentum in Albany.