The increase in payment limits for the 2019 version of the Market Facilitation Program allowed large farming operations to collect an additional $519 million over the 2018 program, the Government Accountability Office says.
Rep. Roger Marshall withstood an onslaught of Democratic campaign spending to win the Republican nomination Tuesday for the Kansas Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts.
A key senator involved in developing the Republican coronavirus relief package for farmers defended the broad authority it gives to USDA to spend $20 billion in farm aid, but he said the Trump administration likely will need to provide assurances about how the money will be spent.
The 2018 farm bill isn’t due to expire until 2023, but there is a growing possibility that Congress could revisit the law as soon as next year either to deal with the slumping farm economy or to address climate change.
USDA is heading into the second round of its Farmers to Families Food Box program, a major part of the Trump administration’s effort to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food supply chain and hungry Americans.
The Agriculture Department has a crucial role to play in developing agricultural carbon markets by ensuring the credits are legitimate and making it as easy as possible for farmers to participate, senators were told Wednesday.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a landmark hearing this week on a bipartisan plan to accelerate the development of agricultural carbon markets, and the panel also is set to act on a measure to reauthorize federal grain standards and export inspections.