Editor's note: This is the third in our seven-part in-depth editorial series where we look ahead at “Farm & Food 2040.” Part three looks at how the failure to pass meaningful immigration reform is fueling adoption of the newest technologies in automation—primarily robotics—to stem the need for immigrant farmworkers. And we also feature new research identifying the "Farmer of the Future."
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue likes to tell people that he’s a “grow it and sell it kind of guy” who is always on the lookout for opportunities to do so. Increasingly, that means understanding world population and demand growth – outside of U.S. borders.
Farmer cooperatives and the grain and the feed industry announced a joint agreement to overhaul a new tax benefit for co-ops that gives farmers a strong incentive to sell commodities to them rather than to other companies.
Continued Republican control of the Senate after this fall's elections is virtually assured by an abundance of races in Republican-leaning rural states, according to one of the Cook Political Report's top analysts.
Congressional Republicans are poised to send their historic package of individual and business tax cuts to President Trump's desk before Christmas and also plan to pass a new stopgap funding bill that could include disaster aid to growers hammered by this year's hurricanes.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 22, 2017 - Sonny Perdue still has a ways to go before he’s officially the 31st secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – presuming he’s confirmed – but the weight of the work waiting for the former Georgia governor continues to grow in a souring agriculture economy.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 1, 2017 - President Trump used his first speech to Congress last night to outline an ambitious agenda that includes $1 trillion in infrastructure spending as well as tax cuts and health care and immigration reform.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2017 - Tax reform is one of the two highest priorities for Republicans in Congress this year along with replacing Obamacare, but GOP lawmakers are struggling to make progress on either.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017- A new poll shows that American farmers are pessimistic that there’s going to be any improvement in the agricultural economy over the next year. Half of U.S. growers think conditions will be about the same and nearly 29 percent think they’ll actually be worse.