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.
Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Friday announced the appointment of Bruce Summers as the administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, part of the department's Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area.
The Trump administration is further delaying new animal-welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry production, and USDA officials are raising concerns about the legal and economic justification for the regulations developed under the Obama administration.