USDA economists expect farmers to increase plantings of corn this spring while reducing their soybean production as the Trump administration's ongoing trade war with China remains unsettled. Record amounts of meat and milk production are projected.
The Food and Drug Administration has identified one farm in California as a likely source of E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce that sickened 62 people in 16 states and the District of Columbia last fall, but can't rule out if others were involved.
“Adapt or die,” a saying made famous in the early 1970s by then-Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz as he encouraged farmers to look for ways to be more efficient and responsive to market signals, still rings true for many in agriculture today.
House Democrats have named the key subcommittee leaders who will play critical roles in agriculture and food policy, and they range from veterans steeped in past battles to a first-term lawmaker who is a former CIA operations officer.