Farms and businesses suffering from insufficient internet connectivity could get some help from a grant and loan program that USDA will launch in the new year with higher service requirements than the department originally proposed.
The USDA confirmed Thursday morning that China has purchased 1.13 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans, ending months of virtually no purchases since the Chinese government levied a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, corn, wheat, sorghum and other ag commodities.
A new five-year farm bill that enhances existing programs while offering new assistance to less traditional forms of agriculture and legalizing industrial hemp easily won final congressional approval from the House on Wednesday, sending the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature.
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their new “waters of the U.S.” proposal Tuesday at an event that attracted dozens of farmers and industry leaders who had long sought straightforward definitions that allowed farmers to more clearly decide how to operate on their lands.
Along with providing food to struggling low-income families, USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has increasingly focused on developing new ways to help SNAP beneficiaries graduate from SNAP by finding stable jobs.