Nominees for top posts at USDA and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sailed through their hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee, which is expected to advance their nominations next week.
USDA announced $196 million in loans and grants to strengthen domestic food systems, as the new White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience, which includes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, launched its first meeting Monday.
With action on a farm bill postponed to next year, the Senate Agriculture Committee turns to handling a pair of nominations, including a new undersecretary for rural development at the Agriculture Department.
Rail companies struggling to provide adequate service could be required to allow competitors on their tracks under a proposed Surface Transportation Board rule aimed at curbing delays and increasing competition in rail networks.
Major commodity groups and the American Farm Bureau Federation are calling on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to overhaul a 2022 disaster assistance program that significantly prorates assistance for larger losses.
Farmers across the country are likely to be in for a surprise in 2024 when they must start filing disclosure reports with an obscure federal agency that is tasked with fighting money laundering and financial terrorism.
An Agriculture Department letter warning the largest makers of corn, soybean and cotton seeds to double-check their compliance with labeling requirements is being welcomed by some groups as a step toward the agency’s goal for a fairer seed marketplace, while others would rather see the agency tackling other seed competition issues.