Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Ag Committee who took a special interest in the nation’s dairy and organic policy, plans to retire at the end of his current term.
The Biden administration plans to re-issue tougher standards for livestock and poultry production that will end the egg industry’s practice of using porches to provide hens with access to the outdoors.
House Democrats proposed a fiscal 2020 spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration that would block the Trump administration from relocating two research agencies out of the nation’s capital.
Despite sharp attacks on two specific changes affecting the National Organic Standards Board, the U.S. organics industry has enthusiastically welcomed the new farm bill that President Trump signed into law Dec. 20.
The Senate Appropriations subcommittee advanced a fiscal 2019 spending bill for USDA and FDA that would provide $425 million in funding for rural broadband expansion to add to the $600 million that Congress provided for this year.