Farm groups are lobbying Congress and the Trump administration for a number of relief measures to help producers cope with the slide in many commodity markets that has deepened as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens.
The USDA GIPSA proposal billed as bringing “clarity” to regulations enforcing the Packers and Stockyards Act is receiving opposition from some prominent government officials, including a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and eight state attorneys general.
As discussions and debates over climate change legislation and policy heat up in Congress and in the federal government, nearly two dozen major farm groups announced a coalition today to ensure the views of U.S. agriculture are well represented.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is promising farmers that his department will play a key role in enforcing China's pledges to purchase $80 billion in U.S. agricultural commodities over the next two years.
All of the leading Democratic presidential candidates are calling for major increases in spending for roads, bridges, rural broadband and other infrastructure needs, but the plans differ sharply in scope as well as in how the candidates plan to pay for them.
The health of the Chesapeake Bay took center stage at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Wednesday, as a Maryland senator threatened legal action to ensure Pennsylvania meets its goals under the federal-state plan to clean up the estuary.