The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is getting a well-known figure in the ag policy arena for its next CEO: Former U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney.
President Joe Biden has selected a veteran civil rights lawyer who teaches at the University of Michigan to lead the civil rights office at the Agriculture Department, which is under pressure to address long-standing complaints about discrimination.
The United States is asking other nations to join it in a "coalition for productivity growth," an effort emerging — in part — as a counter to the European Union’s Farm-to-Fork strategy that seeks steep cuts in the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Elaine Trevino as the next ag trade negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Department of Agriculture has announced three individuals who will hold key staff positions.
The Biden administration announced Monday its plan to nominate Elaine Trevino, president of the Almond Alliance of California and former deputy secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to be the next chief agricultural trade negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
American farmers are going to be producing more corn and soybeans than expected this year, which will mean lower expected prices for the crops, according to a new USDA forecast that boosted the department’s predictions for yields in both crops.
House Democrats are proposing historic funding for conservation programs, agricultural research, renewable energy and forestry and other climate-related priorities as part of a $3.5 trillion tax and spending package.
The Agriculture Department is increasing the amount of assistance available to drought-stricken cattle producers by adding coverage for feed transportation costs to the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program.