As things sit right now, railroad companies have until the end of the year to be in compliance with Positive Train Control, and members of Congress have made it clear that they have no desire to add flexibility to that timeline.
When China announced last week that it was taking aim at U.S. sorghum exports, it was widely seen as retribution for U.S. trade aggression. But the new Chinese anti-dumping investigation also fits into a wider pattern of efforts to dig the Asian country out of its massive stockpiles of corn.
The biofuels and fossil fuels industries are aggressively jockeying for position in the run-up to 2022 when the U.S. EPA will have broad discretion to re-write the rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates the use of ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels in the nation's transportation fuel supply.
President Trump is proposing to slash crop insurance and other farm programs by $47 billion over 10 years and to dramatically overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, eventually shrinking its cost to taxpayers by one-third.
President Donald Trump today officially rolled out his proposal to spur $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment, eliciting praise from farm groups for the 55-page plan that highlights the need to improve rural, roads, bridges, waterways and internet access.