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 this opinion piece, Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., explains more about the recently introduced PPP Flexibility for Farmers and Ranchers Act, and how it will help boost the farmer, rancher and agricultural economy.
President Joe Biden’s top COVID-19 advisers tell Agri-Pulse they believe that hesitancy to take the COVID-19 vaccine will fade over time as rural Americans learn about it from doctors and other people and see so many other people being vaccinated safely.
The USDA keeps a tight lid on the amount of foreign sugar that enters the U.S., and the department is keeping a close eye on whether it will need to allow more into the country if consumer demand increases as the COVID-19 pandemic loosens its grasp on Americans.
Many ag jobs got designated “essential” at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, masks and other safety precautions have become common in fields and packing houses. Food continues to move from the farm to the consumer. But impacts on the people making that happen have been significant.
The House this week is expected to clear President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan after Senate Democrats fought off GOP attempts to gut the package in a marathon debate that went all night Friday to nearly noon on Saturday.