Duvall calls for end to partisanship

“Our elected leaders have got to turn the page on partisanship,” Zippy Duvall, president of the Republican-leaning American Farm Bureau Federation, told reporters Sunday during an online news conference before the organization’s annual convention. Duvall’s comment Sunday followed his statement after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol on Wednesday that “This nation was […]

EPA designate Regan meets with farm groups

Michael Regan, President-elect Joe Biden’s designate for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, hosted a virtual roundtable with more than 16 leaders of major farm organizations who are members of the Ag CEO Council and their staffs, the Biden transition office announced. Regan was joined by the incoming senior adviser to the president […]

Newhouse: House Democratic rules ‘slap in the face of rural Americans’

On Monday, Jan. 4, House Democrats passed their package of rules for the operation of the House for the next two years, but in what may be a sign of partisan politics to come, Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., the chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, called the rules “a slap in the face of rural […]

Regan reaches out to corn growers, wins praise from other groups

Michael Regan, secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality in North Carolina and President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator, called National Corn Growers Association President Jon Doggett after the announcement of his nomination, AgWeb reported. Doggett quoted Regan as saying he knows the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard to the […]

Biden picks Vilsack for USDA, Fudge for HUD

President-elect Joe Biden has decided to nominate Tom Vilsack as the agriculture secretary, and Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as Housing and Urban Development secretary, according to media reports late Tuesday. Vilsack was ag secretary under President Barack Obama. Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisers, a firm that advises foundations on strategies around food, said, “The American […]