Lawmakers are well into their preparatory hearings for writing the next farm bill. But a veteran Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee suggests the bill’s fate is going to hinge on whether lawmakers come up with more funding for it.
The Senate Agriculture Committee approved bills Wednesday authorizing USDA to mandate minimum levels of cash trading in cattle and establish a special investigator’s office in USDA to probe allegations of unfair marketing practices.
Competition in the seed business is either robust or severely diminished, according to comments submitted to USDA that reflect a deep divide in the industry over the question of consolidation and raise concerns about access to traits developed through biotechnology.
The Supreme Court denied a petition from Monsanto Tuesday to review a federal appeals court ruling that found the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act does not preempt state tort-law claims.
The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation got a boost in their Supreme Court challenge to California’s animal housing law, Proposition 12, with the U.S. government’s filing of a brief supporting the groups.