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White House Competition Council Seeks Lower Consumer Prices
Economy
White House Competition Council Seeks Lower Consumer Prices

A new White House council on U.S. economic conditions plans to hold its first meeting Friday, with participants to highlight at least 18 actions taken to help consumers and potentially lower prices. The council, an outgrowth of a July executive... Read More

USDA to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Small Agriculture Businesses
Agriculture
USDA to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Small Agriculture Businesses
2021-09-09 20:22:32
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday it would begin issuing new grant program applications for agricultural stakeholders funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Small businesses in certain commodity areas will be able to... Read More

California Drought Takes Toll on World's Top Almond Producer
Agriculture
California Drought Takes Toll on World's Top Almond Producer

FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California's agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a deepening drought threatens one of the state's most profitable crops. Del... Read More

Farmers Cautiously Optimistic About Future of Their Farms, Ag Barometer Finds
Agriculture
Farmers Cautiously Optimistic About Future of Their Farms, Ag Barometer Finds
2021-08-03 14:28:03
by TWN Staff

America’s farmers are feeling the sobering pinch of weakened principal crop prices, but nevertheless remain cautiously optimistic about the financial conditions of their farms, a just- released industry barometer has found. According to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer... Read More

U.S. and Mexico Fail to Resolve Dispute on Trade Rules for Cars
Trade
U.S. and Mexico Fail to Resolve Dispute on Trade Rules for Cars
2021-07-26 13:05:12
by Dan McCue

The U.S. and Mexico failed to resolve a dispute over trade rules for cars during a meeting last week, a development - or lack of one - that appears capable of severely straining relations between the two countries a year... Read More

Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
Agriculture
Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
2021-07-07 16:13:34
by Brock Blasdell

An Ag Economy Barometer report published Tuesday found a 21-point decline in the confidence of food producers in the United States for June. This solidifies a second month of waning optimism from record highs set earlier in 2021, and indicates... Read More

New US Rules to Protect Animal Farmers Expected Soon
Agriculture
New US Rules to Protect Animal Farmers Expected Soon

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens and hogs against the country's largest meat processors as part of a plan to encourage more competition... Read More

New USDA Grants Intended to Boost Beef and Poultry Industries
Agriculture
New USDA Grants Intended to Boost Beef and Poultry Industries
2021-06-23 13:54:18
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The Department of Agriculture is offering $55.2 million in competitive grants to help foster healthier beef and poultry industries, while also expanding opportunities for small and midsized processors to grow. The funding follows an announcement by the USDA... Read More

Vilsack Puts Focus on Food, Nutrition Insecurity
Agriculture
Vilsack Puts Focus on Food, Nutrition Insecurity
2021-03-05 14:36:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Just over a week after he was confirmed as head of the United States Department of Agriculture for the second time, Tom Vilsack doubled down on his efforts to solve both food and nutrition insecurity around the nation. ... Read More

Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department
Agriculture
Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department

WASHINGTON — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has emerged as a leading candidate for secretary of agriculture in the Biden administration, reprising a role he held under President Barack Obama, according to people familiar with the nomination process. The people said that while Vilsack... Read More

KS-01: Tracey Mann (R)
House Watch
KS-01: Tracey Mann (R)
2020-11-01 09:36:01
by TWN Staff

About Mann: Tracey Mann served as the 50th Lt. Governor of the great state of Kansas. Born and raised on his family's farm just south of Quinter, Kan., Mann was the fifth generation to live in a house his great,... Read More

MN-07: Collin Peterson (D)
House Watch
MN-07: Collin Peterson (D)
2020-10-30 23:48:52
by TWN Staff

About Peterson: Peterson was born in Fargo, N.D. He grew up on a farm in Baker, Minn., and he currently lives in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He has three sons, Sean, Jason and Elliott and six grandchildren.  He was first elected... Read More

IL-13: Rodney Davis (R)
House Watch
IL-13: Rodney Davis (R)
2020-10-30 23:47:50
by TWN Staff

About Davis: On January 3, 2017, Davis was sworn in to his third term as the congressman for the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. As a member... Read More

CA-21: David Valadao (R)
House Watch
CA-21: David Valadao (R)
2020-10-30 19:54:18
by TWN Staff

About Valadao: David Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, Calif. As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well as many local charities. The Valadao family emigrated from... Read More

AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
House Watch
AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
2020-10-30 01:12:21
by TWN Staff

About Shedd:  Tiffany Shedd grew up in Pinal County, Ariz.  A small business owner, farmer and natural resource attorney, she is also a former bi-lingual kindergarten teacher, who worked her way through college and law school at the University of... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
2020-10-07 13:59:48
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – United States Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday.  Spanberger, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and as chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation and... Read More

US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes
Trade
US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes
2020-06-22 19:35:10
by Sara Wilkerson

Trade agreement talks between the United States and the United Kingdom have been tabled for the foreseeable future over a disagreement concerning agricultural practices. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer revealed the impasse during testimony before the House Ways and Means... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Agricultural Workers Bill
Immigration
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Agricultural Workers Bill
2019-11-01 22:03:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Problem Solvers Caucus, a group dedicated to finding bipartisan consensus on important issues, has endorsed a bill to extend earned visa status to individuals who can show they've been regularly employed as an agricultural laborer in... Read More

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