WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2017 – Over the last few decades, U.S. farmers have made great strides in conserving soil and enhancing water quality, but there’s a growing concern that more can be done, especially on water.
DECATUR, Ill., Aug. 30, 2017 – A House Agriculture Committee farm bill listening session in the heart of the Corn Belt had its fair share of talk about protecting crop insurance, but speakers also urged support for USDA conservation and nutrition programs.
WASHINGTON, August 2, 2017 - Linking conservation compliance to crop insurance as well as commodity payments ensures that farmers are motivated to prevent soil erosion and preserve wetlands regardless of whether crop prices are high or low, a new Agriculture Department study says.
MONTANA, July 5, 2017 - The Western Governors’ Association is calling for changes in the Endangered Species Act, including giving the states a bigger role in deciding when animals should be listed for protection, and – just as importantly – when they can be delisted.
WASHINGTON, July 5, 2017 - Senators from the drought-stricken states of South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana pressed for more relief for livestock operators at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on conservation programs last week.
WASHINGTON, July 5, 2017 - As expected, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Maria Cantwell of Washington, the panel's ranking Democrat, introduced a new version of their bipartisan energy package, building on a previous version of the bill that won 85 Senate votes last year.
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 - House appropriators are rejecting President Trump’s proposals to slash spending on rural development, international food aid, research and other key areas of the Agriculture Department’s fiscal 2018 budget.
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today named Jason Hafemeister as his acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs and two other individuals to key leadership roles as he continues the reorganization plan he announced a month ago.