David Bernhardt, who has served in a variety of senior positions in the Interior Department, was confirmed as secretary by the Senate on Thursday, a victory for cattle producers, energy companies and other interests who see him as an ally on public land management and endangered species regulation.
U.S. farmers are getting older, continuing a long-term trend, and the total number of farms is declining, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture released today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The National Biodiesel Board says in a letter signed by more than 70 other organizations and stakeholders that the very industry they represent is on the line if lawmakers are unable to pass an extension of a $1-per-gallon tax credit.
U.S. negotiators head to China this week to resume face-to-face trade talks, and the Senate is expected to consider a long-stalled disaster aid bill amid demands to expand it to include assistance for losses from the Midwest flooding.
Ethanol industry groups welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule that would allow for year-around sale of E15, but refiners were divided over accompanying proposals to reform the biofuel credit market.
Climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases are hot topics in Washington again, and Democratic presidential candidates are pledging to make them major issues in the 2020 election. That’s raising questions for the first time in a decade about the role that farmers could be asked to play in reducing carbon emissions, and how growers could benefit.