A disappointing turnout and the Iowa Democratic Party’s historic debacle in counting the results of the 2020 caucuses are fueling calls to scrap the state’s first-in-the-nation status, which for decades has guaranteed a prominent place for agriculture and biofuel policy in national politics.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is set to sign a landmark, partial trade deal in Washington this week that could be crucial to reviving a farm economy that has been dependent on an infusion of government payments to offset the damage from the U.S.-China trade war.
The House is still on track to vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement next week, but several Republican senators are complaining that they won’t have a say in the process like they are meant to under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) law.
The U.S. agriculture sector — from pork producers to vegetable farmers — is relishing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agreement to a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but farm groups won’t be satisfied until the House and Senate ratify the trade pact.
House Democrats have proposed a sweeping package of green energy tax incentives that includes a multiyear extension of the expired biodiesel credit, but it’s unclear that the House and Senate can agree on a tax deal before the end of the year.
Two upper Midwest senators are pushing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider regulatory options to prioritize pipeline shipments of propane to northern states as farmers and manufacturers struggle to find propane.