Farm groups are bracing for a possible effort in Congress to impose new taxes on inherited land and other assets as a way of addressing wealth inequality while raising revenue Democrats will need to fund new infrastructure or social spending.
With Joe Biden consistently leading President Donald Trump in the polls, speculation is growing in Washington about who could get key Cabinet and staff positions, including jobs that could have a far-reaching impact on U.S. agriculture and trade policy.
Bernie Sanders, whose ideas for transforming the economy extended to his views on farm and rural policy, ends his presidential campaign but claims victory for his ideology while pledging to support Vice President Joe Biden.
There’s interest on Capitol Hill and in the White House in an infrastructure package as part of the coronavirus recovery effort, but that interest will have to overcome the skepticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who insists he’s optimistic about a farm economy rebound this year, faces a pair of congressional hearings this week where he is certain to face further grilling about trade prospects and future of the Market Facilitation Program.
Democratic presidential candidates are promising big fixes to the nation’s roads, bridges, and waterways through massive trillion-dollar infrastructure plans but are balking at the idea of raising the federal gas tax.
As Democrats struggle to counter President Donald Trump on trade policy, Sen. Bernie Sanders pledges to renegotiate the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement if he's elected president, citing the lack of provisions to address climate change.
Hoping to win back rural voters this year, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are providing detailed proposals to shore up farm income ranging all the way from boosting commodity program rates to imposing New Deal-style supply controls.