Many races for the House, Senate, and state offices could prove to have an outsized impact on farmers and ranchers across the country as Democrats look to achieve midterm gains and Republicans try to sell the accomplishments of the last two years to voters.
The Senate's nine farm bill negotiators include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who wants the legislation finalized next month, as well as a Democrat facing a tough re-election race this fall, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
A bipartisan farm bill that would protect crop insurance and commodity programs as well as nutrition assistance from cuts passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin, 86-11, clearing the way for negotiations to begin next month with the House.
President Trump will meet with the chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture committees on Thursday and is expected to insist that the final farm bill include tighter work requirements on food stamp recipients, according to a source familiar with the meeting plans.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue raising concerns about USDA’s grant-making process and possible budget cuts to the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program.
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today gave the go-ahead to conduct emergency haying on Conservation Reserve Program lands to help provide feed for livestock in drought-stricken areas of Montana and North and South Dakota.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2017 - With financial pressures increasing for farmers, programs to help them – and rural America in general – should not be on the chopping block, Senate Agriculture Committee members said at a hearing today.
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2017 - The Senate Agriculture Committee plans to move a bill reauthorizing the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act “in a matter of weeks,” committee chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said following a hearing on the PRIA legislation today.