House Democrats failed to stop Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue from relocating the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture. But members of the House Appropriations Committee continue to raise concern about the agency moves.
President Donald Trump meets today in Washington with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO. The topics of conversation are likely to include biotech approvals and produce inspections, according to a former negotiator on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
The 2018 farm bill isn’t due to expire until 2023, but there is a growing possibility that Congress could revisit the law as soon as next year either to deal with the slumping farm economy or to address climate change.
The Trump administration has released data on the businesses, including farms, that received forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program created by Congress in an effort to keep people employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
The next few weeks in Washington could be the most consequential of the year, certainly until the election. Neither the House nor the Senate have any regular sessions scheduled over the next two weeks, but senators are privately discussing the shape of the next coronavirus relief package.
USDA is heading into the second round of its Farmers to Families Food Box program, a major part of the Trump administration’s effort to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food supply chain and hungry Americans.