Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to calls from our community to reconsider its role in regulating gene editing technology in animal agriculture. Despite the Trump administration’s recent directive to streamline costly and overly burdensome regulations that inhibit innovation and investment, FDA maintains it is unwilling to cede any regulatory control of this important technology.
Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make agribusiness consolidation into a campaign issue, and some Republicans as well as farmers also worry that recent mergers are increasingly making it harder for growers to make a profit.
President Donald Trump highlighted the importance of getting Japan to lower its tariffs on U.S. farm commodities as the two countries hash out a bilateral free trade agreement, a deal he said is progressing very rapidly.
Democratic presidential contenders will likely have to impress a key demographic the party performed poorly with in 2016 — rural voters — if they want to win the Iowa caucuses and fare better in key swing states come November 2020.
NFU President Roger Johnson tells Agri-Pulse a perfect storm has created opportunities for beginning farmers who write solid business plans that take advantage of lower entry costs at a time of depressed commodity prices.