Democrats reached a deal with the White House and congressional Republicans to replenish the Agriculture Department’s Commodity Credit Corp. account in exchange for banning CCC payments to oil companies and extending some pandemic-related nutrition assistance.
Lawmakers look to move a compromise stopgap funding bill this week to keep the government operating until December, even as much of the nation's attention is focused on the Supreme Court opening created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Celebrity chef José Andrés, Secretary Sonny Perdue, Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow are part of an all-star lineup of speakers who will explore the crucial links between food security and national security.
President Donald Trump has relied on USDA's special spending authority to help farmers overcome slumping commodity prices, and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is promising a large boost in conservation spending to help producers cope with hard times.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Commerce will hold two virtual hearings to issues involving foreign trade practices and seasonal and perishable produce markets.