Harris, Pence spar over food, ag, China, USMCA

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., the Democratic vice presidential candidate, made the first mentions of food and agriculture in the presidential debate cycle on Thursday evening. During the only scheduled debate with Vice President Mike Pence, Harris said “This administration stood on information that if you had as a parent, if you had as a worker […]

Bison studies center to be established in South Dakota

Officials from South Dakota State University, the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation last week formally launched the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies, to be headquartered at SDSU’s West River Research and Extension facility in Rapid City, S.D. The 2018 farm bill authorizes the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to […]

EPA launches Mountains, Deserts, Plains Office in Colorado

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced this month that EPA has created an Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains located in its office in Lakewood, Colo. “This western lands-focused office will address cross-cutting issues unique to the region, and more effectively leverage existing EPA staff, expertise and resources in hardrock mining cleanup,” EPA said […]

Groups submit comments to FTC on country-of-origin labeling

R-CALF USA and the Family Farm Action Alliance on Monday submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission on its proposed rule that sets standards for product labels using “Made in the U.S.A.” (MUSA) or equivalent claims. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said in a news release that American ranchers have received no help from Congress […]

WTO panel rules against US tariffs on China

A World Trade Organization panel on Tuesday ruled that the United States violated global trade rules when President Donald Trump unilaterally imposed tariffs on more than $350 billion worth of Chinese goods. The United States had argued that China’s practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation amounted to unfair and distortive policies of […]

Peterson talks meat industry aid, broadband to NFU

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., on Tuesday revealed a few more details of the legislation he will pursue if he wins re-election in November. In a presentation to the National Farmers Union, Peterson repeated previous statements that he wants to give the Agriculture Department authority to use the Commodity Credit Corporation to deal […]

Stabenow: No more freedom for USDA after GAO report confirms MFP criticisms

Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said Monday that she would oppose giving more money to the Trump administration’s Agriculture Department to make special payments to farmers without more congressional control over it. Stabenow made the statement after the Government Accountability Office confirmed her analysis that the Trump administration’s Market Facilitation Program had […]

Ethanol industry disappointed with Brazil negotiations plan

An agreement between the United States and Brazil to negotiate on market access for ethanol and sugar for 90 days that began Monday means that U.S. ethanol producers can export to Brazil without encountering tariffs during that period. But the agreement doesn’t have much meaning because it comes during a period when U.S. exports to […]

EPA confirms it will deny ‘gap year’ small refinery exemptions from RFS

In a decision for both the presidential and Senate campaigns in Iowa, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Monday the reports from anonymous sources last week that it will not grant oil companies exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard for previous years. The decision won praise from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, […]

Dairy groups react differently to issue of cheese in senior food boxes

When the Los Angeles Times reported last week that the Agriculture Department’s insistence that cheese be included in Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) boxes for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in thousands not receiving the food, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation reacted differently to the situation. Under […]