Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts forcefully rejected proposed farm bill reforms that would make the Agriculture Risk Coverage program more attractive and increase payments to farmers in the upper Midwest at the expense of producers in other regions.
Wading into a potentially divisive farm bill issue, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked Congress to make it harder for states to get waivers from work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2017 - Negotiators wrapped up a first round of talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement that included discussions about sanitary and phytosanitary rules important to agricultural trade.
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is already meeting with his counterparts from Japan and other countries, letting them know that the U.S. is willing to talk about bilateral trade deals.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 16, 2017 - President Trump is releasing budget proposals this morning that will call for deep spending cuts across the federal government, including at USDA, EPA and other agencies. Trump’s targets at USDA will include the nation's flagship international food aid program, Food for Peace.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 15, 2017 - Robert Lighthizer promised Tuesday at a confirmation hearing to make the expansion of agriculture exports a priority if he’s confirmed as the next U.S. Trade Representative, but some lawmakers are still concerned about the Trump administration’s overall agenda.