U.S. farmers, government officials and academics told the International Trade Commission that unfair Mexican trade had caused steep losses in domestic vegetable markets, an accusation countered by representatives of Mexican exporters.
The White House Office of Management and Budget is catching heat for a proposal to change how it defines "metropolitan" areas in a way that could leave sparsely populated counties competing with much larger ones for federal dollars.
The intersection of increasing labor shortages, higher pay for agricultural workers, and new attention to employee safety is highlighting efforts to bring labor-saving technologies to specialty crop fields.
Farmers growing fresh vegetables got hit hard when the pandemic shut down food service a year ago, but new direct to consumer channels, USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program and some down-home creativity helped revive sales and distribution to consumers.
The Supreme Court wrestled with the question of whether a California law allowing access to agricultural property to organize employees should require a payment under the Fifth Amendment, which forbids the taking of private property without just compensation.
Congressional Democrats will use this week to build their case for two major priorities, a multi-trillion dollar climate and infrastructure package, and a child nutrition reauthorization bill that could be used to increase the number of kids getting free meals.
The Senate is set to OK President Joe Biden’s nominees for Interior secretary and U.S. Trade Representative this week, while the House looks to jump-start a congressional debate over immigration reform and farm labor.