Agricultural policy has seldom received as much attention as it has in this presidential campaign as Democrats vie for ways to cut into President Donald Trump’s rural base and win Iowa’s first-in-the-nation’s caucuses amid heightened anxiety about the farm economy.
Advanced biofuels made from fibers of corn stover, grasses, wood, and other plants were once pitched as the next boon for the renewable fuels industry, but now their future is cloudy at best as several flagship plants have ceased commercial production.
The potential of digital agriculture to contribute to higher yields through multiple images and high-tech calculations by machinery is slowly being realized, but farmers can’t just sit back and let the machines do the job.
The Trump administration’s deregulatory push has resulted in about $50 billion in savings since 2017, with $13.5 billion of those coming in fiscal 2019 alone, the White House said Dec. 6. The administration fell shy of its goal of eliminating two significant deregulatory actions for every one significant regulatory action, instead achieving a 1.7:1 ratio.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders gave the green light on Tuesday to a revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and, according to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a floor vote on the new North American pact could get a floor vote next week.
Lawmakers are trying to wrap up deals this week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and fiscal 2020 government spending while the Trump administration faces a self-imposed deadline for getting a partial trade agreement with China.
The European Commission is expected to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos in January following a vote Friday by its Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed that cited health risks to children.