The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee is defending Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's usage of the Commodity Credit Corp. account and says Congress should "absolutely not" impose new restrictions.
Most members of the House Agriculture Committee, and many on Senate Ag, face a steep learning curve on farm bill issues, which poses a challenge for ag groups as they try to shape the legislation in coming weeks.
Every farm bill has its own set of challenges but writing the 2023 farm bill could be made more difficult with so many relatively new members of Congress expecting to make policy changes, say former top aides to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
As Congress advances a massive climate and energy reconciliation package, a senior Republican on the House Ag Committee says he's worried about the bill's long-term ramifications for the farm bill and other ag policy efforts.
The Department of the Interior has announced new leadership, former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has joined The Heritage Foundation, and Blake Rollins has been selected to serve as Missouri Farm Bureau’s chief administrative officer.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2017 - There is more evidence of a continued downturn in the U.S. farm economy. USDA says that net farm income is likely to decline this year by 8.7 percent to $62.3 billion. That would make this the fourth straight decline since the peak in 2013.