The Trump administration is further delaying new animal-welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry production, and USDA officials are raising concerns about the legal and economic justification for the regulations developed under the Obama administration.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2017 - House Republicans reveal the details of their tax reform plan this week as GOP leaders mount an ambitious pre-Thanksgiving campaign to get tax bills through both chambers before the holiday.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2017 - The House is poised to give quick approval to a Senate-passed budget resolution that will clear the way for a tax-cut bill without requiring any reduction in farm bill spending.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2017 - The new GOP chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said he will seek a one-year delay in a registration rule for swap dealers so the agency can review a change he says would unfairly sweep in agribusiness traders.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2017 - Concerns about dairy sector’s Margin Protection Program dominated the sixth farm bill listening session conducted by the House Agriculture Committee, but the lawmakers also heard appeals for increased research funding and for aid to young farmers.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2017 - Trade talks with Mexico and Canada move into their fourth round this week, while the House Agriculture Committee continues its preparations for the next farm bill by holding a listening session in upstate New York.
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 30, 2017 - Animal welfare activists are optimistic that a series of bills they are pushing have enough bipartisan support to get included in both the House and Senate versions of a new farm bill. At the same time, activists are bracing for a possible battle over attempts to block individual states from regulating the way farm animals are produced.