USDA will reopen all its Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday with furloughed workers providing an expanded set of services for farmers, including processing Market Facilitation Program applications.
The policy session at the close of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention wasn’t exactly an action-packed affair, but several policy shifts approved by members could have ripple effects on farm policy.
President Donald Trump assured farmers struggling through a prolonged economic slump that better times are ahead for U.S. agriculture because of his efforts to lower trade barriers to American exports and roll back regulations.
In his kickoff speech at the outset of the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention, AFBF President Zippy Duvall listed a laundry list of reasons why last year was one to forget in production agriculture, but said it was a banner year for Farm Bureau’s lobbying efforts.
President Donald Trump heads to New Orleans Monday to speak to the nation’s largest farm organization for a second year in a row, even as his trade war drags on and the shutdown of USDA and other departments and agencies important to agriculture entered its fourth week.
The European Union is eager to work with the Trump administration to begin talks for a new U.S. trade pact, but agriculture issues will not be on the table for discussion, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström insisted to reporters today.
With a new farm bill enacted and trade wars ongoing, the eyes of U.S. agriculture will shift to the Senate Finance Committee, where farm groups will have a critical ally at the top in new Chairman Chuck Grassley and several more in the panel’s membership.