The Agriculture Department this week releases the eagerly anticipated 2017 Census of Agriculture, which will provide fresh clues to consolidation trends in farming and measure the growth of small-scale and urban production and beginning farmers.
A USDA senior adviser acknowledged “missed opportunities to engage stakeholders” on the department’s plan to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture outside the Washington, D.C., area, but said the relocations would benefit both employees and taxpayers.
The partial government shutdown that has shuttered much of USDA, the Interior Department and other agencies heads into its third week amid weekend discussions over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding.
Lawmakers face a packed agenda when the new Congress begins on Thursday, starting with finding a resolution to the government shutdown that hit USDA, the Interior Department and other departments and agencies in December.
If Democrats win control of the House, U.S. agriculture will face a very different set of committee leaders and approaches to regulatory policy than it has since the chamber has been under GOP control.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 8, 2017 - President Trump has named Stephen Vaughn as general counsel for the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, where he’ll also serve as acting USTR, pending action on the confirmation of Trump’s nominee, Robert Lighthizer.