The Agriculture Department would get $560 million more for rural broadband expansion, plus increases for research, food aid and combating animal and plant diseases, under a draft House spending bill for fiscal 2023.
Late planting and high temperatures in the Midwest are raising concerns of dicamba damage to non-dicamba-tolerant soybeans and specialty crops as growers struggle to meet state and federal deadlines to apply the volatile herbicide.
The Supreme Court has set Oct. 11 as the date when the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation will be able to make their final case for overturning Proposition 12, a California ballot initiative that would require pork sold in the state to come from sows afforded a minimum amount of space.
The Surface Transportation Board on Monday told four major railroads that their plans for improving shipping delays were inadequate and ordered the companies to provide key information the agency demanded in May.
The House is expected to clear a bill this week aimed at ending port bottlenecks and also pass a package of measures that Democrats claim will help bring food, fertilizer and fuel prices under control.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law, or BIL, will help make electric vehicle charging stations as convenient in rural America as gas stations are now.
Farm input costs are likely to remain at elevated levels well after commodity prices come off their historic highs, and farm bill programs could provide only limited help, economists warned lawmakers Thursday.