It’s all but certain at this point that Congress won’t pass a big new stimulus bill before the election. But a deal in the lame duck session remains a possibility. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday suggested she opposes waiting until next year when Democrats could have control of the White House and the Senate.
Betsy Huber, president of The National Grange, explains in this opinion piece why telehealth is vital to keeping rural Americans healthy and safe, and how without access to broadband internet, efforts to increase the availability of these services will fail.
Financial conditions in rural America have stabilized after being rocked by the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, but some ag lenders say they’re concerned about the prospect of another wave of economic hardship if the virus were to intensify once again.
Negotiations on a major new coronavirus relief package remain alive, but with the election less than two weeks away, Senate Republicans see little chance of passing a deal before a lame duck session in November or December at the earliest.
With COVID-19 disrupting millions of lives and the ability to process protein, thousands of pork producers were forced to pivot to an unprecedented new reality in 2020. But as producers worked their way through all of the volatility, one thing became clear: international exports became even more important to producer profitability.
Craig Ratajczyk, most recently CEO for the Illinois Soybean Association, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has strained many of America’s established systems— particularly the economy, healthcare, and agriculture— and how we’re opening ourselves to vulnerabilities that threaten our health, safety, and security.
Farm groups that have been appealing to the federal government for years to address a labor shortage could finally see some action from the next Congress should Democrats win control of the government, but any expansion of access to foreign labor will likely come with strings attached.