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EPA seeks nominations for Farm, Ranch, Rural advisory committee

November 7, 2019

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today that the EPA is soliciting applications for 20 to 30 nominees to serve on its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. “Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides...


Senate passes PACT Act

November 7, 2019

The Senate passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act on Tuesday by unanimous consent. The measure says a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting...



Trump signs disaster aid bill that covers prevented planting

June 10, 2019

President Donald Trump today signed the long delayed supplemental appropriations bill that includes disaster aid for farmers who experienced hurricanes and wildfires in 2018 and flooding in 2019. H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for...


Biofuels groups praise E15 rule

May 31, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency on May 31 released the final rule on the year-round sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15), and a range of biofuels groups praised the rule. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said...


Ag groups urge USMCA approval, but prospects aren’t good

May 7, 2019

A coalition of agriculture groups and agribusinesses urging Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement on trade reached 68 on Tuesday, but prospects for quick approval appeared to dim. “This new agreement includes important improvements that...



Biofuels panel: Demand destruction the biggest problem

April 4, 2019

Demand destruction for renewable fuels due to the Trump administration’s decision to grant small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard is the industry’s biggest problem, a panel of biofuel industry experts said today at...


House Ag Approps to hold member, ERS-NIFA hearings

March 25, 2019

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will hold two hearings this week. On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. the subcommittee will hold a hearing at which members of the House are invited to testify on the programs...


Perdue, Conaway defend budget, Dems, most groups critical

March 11, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and House Agriculture Committee ranking member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, today praised President Donald Trump’s budget, even though it has big cuts to food assistance and agriculture, while Democrats denounced it and...





Doud, McKinney, Branstad part of China negotiations

June 4, 2018

Gregg Doud, the chief U.S. agriculture negotiator, Agriculture Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad joined Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to meet with Chinese officials in...


Food pantry serves struggling military personnel

May 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO — For anyone who wonders if military families could need food assistance, a visit to the Hand Up Food Pantry in Murphy Canyon near Camp Pendleton is a sobering lesson. Here, about 50...





House fails to pass sugar amendment to farm bill

May 17, 2018

The House has voted 278 to 137 against an amendment to the farm bill changing the U.S. sugar program. The Sugar Policy Modernization Act was sponsored by Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Danny Davis D-Ill....


House considers farm bill amendments

May 17, 2018

After passing a rule to consider more amendments on the farm bill, the House is engaging in that debate this afternoon. The House has just finished debating the sugar amendment by Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.,...