The House Agriculture Committee is adding seven new Republican members. All but one, Texas Rep. Michael Cloud, are first-term members. The others: Kat Cammack of Florida, Randy Feenstra of Iowa, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, Tracy Mann of Kansas, Mary Miller of Illinois and Barry Moore of Alabama.
Martha Scott Poindexter will be returning to the Senate Agriculture Committee as staff director for GOP Sen. John Boozman, and the American Seed Trade Association has hired Senate Ag Veteran Janae Brady.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has reorganized the agency and created four new operating divisions, while Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. has tapped Nina Krueger to serve as the company’s new president and CEO.
Secretary Perdue appointed Parag Chitnis as acting director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and has announced the appointment of 15 members to serve on the advisory committee on minority farmers.
Contract chicken growers are struggling to cover their costs because of outbreaks that have forced poultry processors in many areas to slow operations and reduce the number of birds their farmers will produce.
The door’s open. For the first time, the Small Business Administration is taking applications from farms for grants of up to $10,000 and low-interest loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
The USDA GIPSA proposal billed as bringing “clarity” to regulations enforcing the Packers and Stockyards Act is receiving opposition from some prominent government officials, including a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and eight state attorneys general.