A House stopgap spending bill aimed at avoiding an Oct. 1 government shutdown would ensure that trade assistance to farmers continues and also would bolster specialty crop research and fund USDA’s coming hemp program.
The Agriculture Department will provide larger disaster-aid payments for losses in 2018 than for 2019 and will offer prevent-plant bonus payments of up to 15% for farmers who were unable to seed crops this spring due to the heavy Midwest flooding, according to rules announced Monday.
In a series of letters, Farm Service Agency officials at the state and federal levels have been debating whether or not a consistently rough winter should make producers eligible for livestock disaster assistance programs.
USDA disaster aid programs are becoming more fleet of foot, owing in good part to Congress’ incremental moves in recent years away from ad hoc assistance and toward putting emergency aid programs into permanent law.
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 -- With President Donald Trump’s axe thought to be looming over the entire North American Free Trade Agreement, three veteran advocates for the U.S. agricultural and manufacturing sectors called Wednesday for improving the 23-year-old pact while warning against economic damages of killing it.