State officials and industry groups are raising concerns about USDA's new regulations for hemp, with some officials suggesting that the department delay some "unworkable" portions of an interim final rule that was released last fall.
Growers paid over $10 billion to insure almost 380 million acres in 2019. By year-end, crop insurance companies paid out almost $7.6 billion to cover losses and the numbers are expected to grow as all claims are finalized.
President Trump announces his intent to nominate Brandon Lipps as Undersecretary Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Kip Tom was sworn in to serve as the agriculture representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, and Roger Johnson, announced he will not seek reelection as president of NFU.
The Trump administration’s trade assistance payments have become so critical to farm profits that some growers could take a hit to their income if the program is discontinued in 2020 because of a trade deal with China.
USDA's efforts to expand domestic animal disease traceability have been unfolding for more than a decade, but the department's latest push is facing a fresh wave of procedural hurdles, producer confusion, and technological debate.