Citing hundreds of millions in savings over a 15-year period, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the Kansas City region has been chosen as the new home for the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. But ERS will not be moved under the Office of Chief Economist, as previously proposed.
Farmers, who were unable to get into their soggy fields to plant corn due to record rainfall this spring, are not only faced with bags of seed they can't use, they are also looking for warm season cover crop seeds which may be difficult to find.
Ethanol producers are hopeful for an increase in year-round E15 gasoline sales after the Trump administration okayed its summertime sale, but consumer demand will likely be modest due to fears of litigation, a lack of blender pumps, and challenges posed by some state regulations.
Farm sector exports and profits are down sharply as escalating tariffs choke off international trade. Yet one group is benefitting from the tariff wars: over 40 million food insecure Americans who struggle to buy groceries.
A group of 25 organizations is calling on the FCC to open a further notice of proposed rulemaking that grease the wheels for rural broadband access using TV “white spaces,” or unused spectrum between TV channels.
A bipartisan group of senators joined some Corn Belt farm groups in appealing to the Agriculture Department to ease restrictions on haying and grazing of cover crops that farmers will plant on acreage they were unable to sow to corn or soybeans this year.
House Democrats are rolling out a series of fiscal 2020 spending bills that reject a range of White House spending cuts while challenging key Trump administration priorities and regulatory rollbacks at USDA, EPA and other agencies.