Senate Republicans are moving a fiscal 2020 spending bill for the Agriculture Department that tees up a fight with House Democrats over the relocation of two USDA research agencies to the Kansas City region.
House Democratic leaders are aiming to push through a stopgap spending bill this week after threatening a fight with the White House, and potentially with some of their own rural members, over a plan that could jeopardize farmers’ trade aid payments.
During an historic, televised town hall on the climate issue, the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls agreed broadly on imposing taxes or caps on carbon emissions and shifting to electric vehicles, and some candidates said Americans should be encouraged to reduce meat consumption.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a sweeping 10-year plan to carry out the Green New Deal and reshape U.S. agriculture through regulations and subsidies to reduce its environmental impact and push farmers into organic methods and smaller scales of production.
Democratic presidential candidates looking to break through in rural areas are seeking advice on farm policy from activists, farmers, economists and organizations, and those ideas are popping on the stump, in detailed policy proposals as well as in debates.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has a message for her fellow Democratic candidates trying to crack President Donald Trump's hold on rural voters: They need more than “a bunch of policies on a piece of paper."
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put the federal government back in the business of managing commodity supplies in order to guarantee that farmers won’t lose money on their crops.