Risch Speaks Out Against BLM Director Nominee

On Thursday, Idaho Senator Jim Risch spoke out against the Biden Administration’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning. Risch said before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that a good agency, such as BLM and the people that work there deserve better than the President’s nominee. Risch pointed to […]

USDA Looking To Expand Meat/Poultry Processing Capacity

Following President Biden’s Executive Order, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced significant investments to expand the nation’s meat and poultry processing capabilities. “At the Department of Agriculture we utilize $500 million dollars in the forms of grants, loans, loan guarantees and technical assistance, and planning assistance to assist those who are considering or thinking about developing […]

Grassley Warns That Connecting Broadband To Infrastructure Bill is “Risky”

Congressional Democrats are connecting Ag infrastructure issues, such as broadband, to the very larg, and politically risky, Biden infrastructure effort. House Ag Chair David Scott recently called his panel into session to vote out a $50 billion broadband bill, which is expected to become part of the trillion-dollar-plus Biden infrastructure deal with some Republicans. But […]

Executive Order Looks To Allow Farmers To Make Own Repairs

While it may not come under USDA’s purview, it will could have a big impact on farmers nationwide. Part of President Biden’s recent Executive Order, focused on competition, gives Ag producers the ability to conduct do-it-yourself repairs or use repair shops independent from equipment manufacturers. And when it comes to manufacturers who says the dealership […]

Vilsack Talks About Future of Packers & Stockyard Act

Part of President Biden’s recent Executive Order, addressing competition in the marketplace, “we will follow through on the President’s directive and begin the process of rule-making on the Packers and Stockyards Act,” noted Agriculture Sectary, Tom Vilsack. He added he USDA plans to revitalize the Stockyards Act through increased transparency, fairness, and competition for producers. […]

Meat Institute Opposes Government Intervention in Meat Markets

The North American Meat Institute has voiced its opposition to recent action intended to make changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act. In a statement, the organization said, President Biden’s executive order calling for the Department of Agriculture to change the Packers and Stockyards rules will have unintended consequences for consumers and producers. Meat Institute […]

NW Lawmakers Call On Administration To Prioritize CRT Renegotiations

Washington Senator Patty Murray as well as eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and western Oregon’s Peter DeFazio recently led a bipartisan letter to the Biden administration asking the president to prioritize the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty.  Lawmakers have also asked for regular updates on the status of negotiations on the treaty’s modernization. “Modernizing […]

Administration Issues Executive Order To Address Competition In Ag Community

On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order, which he said will promote competition in the United States. How might that order benefit the Ag sector? “The Executive Order essentially directs the Department of Agriculture to take some steps, which we are prepared to take.  One of which is to strengthen our Packers and […]

Dairy Industry Urges Renewal of Trade Promotion Authority

Dairy groups have called on the Biden Administration to seek renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority, which expired last week. The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council said the move will foster further expansion of U.S. dairy exports. TPA lays out congressional expectations for trade agreements negotiated by the administration and establishes […]

President Biden Highlights Wildfire Threat In The West

At the start of every hurricane season, which runs June 1st to the end of November, the President receives a briefing of what to expect and what precautions should be taken. “And when I received that briefing this year I asked for a second briefing that does the same thing, but now we’re doing it […]