Advanced biofuels made from fibers of corn stover, grasses, wood, and other plants were once pitched as the next boon for the renewable fuels industry, but now their future is cloudy at best as several flagship plants have ceased commercial production.
Senate Republicans want to advance a fiscal 2020 domestic spending package as soon as this week that would include funding for departments and agencies critical to agriculture and the food industry. Meanwhile, House Democrats are closer to a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement
Producers utilized a listening session featuring two of the most influential men in ag policy to express their displeasure with the state of affairs for rural America, putting them in a mode that varied between explanatory and defensive.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is trying to convince skeptical Democrats that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will do enough to address their concerns over drug pricing and enforcement of labor and environmental standards.
Some 25 states are at risk for moderate to major flooding through May, including Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, in a region where floodwaters last month already swamped millions of acres of prime farmland and whole communities.
The government shutdown is now in effect, but that doesn’t mean USDA officials aren’t still keeping the nation’s meat supply safe and doing many of the jobs that keeps agricultural commerce flowing. However, some farm payments may be delayed after the first week.