USDA announced Wednesday plans to spend at least $6 billion on new pandemic aid programs that reach a broader swath of producers than previous efforts, while putting “a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers (and) timber harvesters.”
In the early days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand at the nation’s food banks swelled. It’s gone down and up over the year, and in many places remains higher today than the baseline before the pandemic.
President Joe Biden is looking to get more members of his Cabinet in place this week, even as the top priority on his agenda, a COVID-19 relief package, is getting a rocky reception from Senate Republicans.
A World Trade Organization arbitrator on Tuesday awarded the European Union the right to hit the U.S. with tariffs on roughly $4 billion worth of U.S. goods – including some ag commodities – in retaliation for subsidies provided to Boeing. The next step is for the EU to ask the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body for final authorization to impose the tariffs.
Vice President Mike Pence used his acceptance speech from Fort McHenry Wednesday night to defend President Trump’s trade war with China, an issue Democrats are trying to use against the president in farm country.
The U.S. and China are set to go head to head at the World Trade Organization in Geneva next week in a brewing battle over Chinese wheat and rice subsidies, and neither side is showing any sign of backing down.
COVID-19 brought a wave of new economic challenges that producers are still working through. But for beginning farmers, the pandemic has added a new level of stress that's making it that much harder to get started in agriculture, echoing the psychological toll of the 1980s.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is making President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis a major campaign focus, and he’s expanded the criticism to include Trump’s management of the disruptions in the food supply.