A bipartisan farm bill that would protect crop insurance and commodity programs as well as nutrition assistance from cuts passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin, 86-11, clearing the way for negotiations to begin next month with the House.
The nation's corn farmers expect to hear from their Secretary of Agriculture about how the industry’s top cabinet member is advocating on their behalf – especially when it comes to support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
President Trump takes another stab this week at settling a biofuel policy dispute that has embroiled a key USDA nominee, and his administration will step up its defense of proposals to clamp down on federal nutrition assistance.
President Trump urged administration officials and oil-state senators to find a solution to refiners’ gripes about the Renewable Fuel Standard that would satisfy them as well as corn growers, the senators say.
Senator Ted Cruz has gotten headlines for placing a hold on Bill Northey’s USDA undersecretary nomination, but he hasn’t gotten what he really wants: a meeting at the White House and substantive changes in renewable fuel policy.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2017 - The Senate on Thursday confirmed a second new undersecretary for the Agriculture Department, Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, who will oversee the department’s marketing and regulatory programs.