Grassley: Investigation Needed in the Fertilizer Industry

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for the Department of Justice to investigate the fertilizer industry. American farmers are raising concerns about possible anti-competitive activity and market manipulation. Grassley said fertilizer is an essential input for farmers across the country, and without it, crop yields and agricultural productivity would […]

Stabenow: We Continue To Work To Address Cattle Price Issues

Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow is non-committal so far on cattle market reforms proposed by other senators trying to boost competition and prices to independent producers. A fire at Tyson’s Holcomb, KS facility in 2019, followed by the pandemic have together sparked outrage by many over the big price spread between fed cattle and boxed […]

Farming Community Watching D.C. Closely In The Weeks Ahead

The month of December is a critical one for the Ag community, and the American people, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle over the next few weeks to keep the government open, able to borrow, as well as vote on key pieces of the president’s agenda. The first job will be keeping the government open, […]

Senators Announce Plan to Improve Cattle Market Fairness

Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Montana’s Jon Tester announced this week they are working with Republican Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Deb Fischer of Nebraska rolling out the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. The compromise cattle market bill is part of the effort to “to return fairness to the cattle marketplace dominated by four […]

Iowa Senators Call for Increase in Eligibility for Commercial Driver’s Licenses

Iowa’s U.S. Senators are calling for more Americans to be eligible to obtain a commercial driver’s license, known as a CDL, to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Republicans Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst penned a letter this week to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on the issue. They asked the agency to […]

House Lawmakers Continue To Discuss Livestock Issues

On Thursday, lawmakers on the House Agriculture Committee held another hearing on livestock market issues, hearing from producers, packers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other lawmakers. Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, said the hearing included testimony from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “It’s the first time in modern history that a sitting […]

Grassley Unimpressed After Tai’s Speech

Senior trade Senator Chuck Grassley said he fears the Administration is “throwing in the towel” on a China Phase Two deal, after a recent speech by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Grassley cited Tai’s comments that China has not lived up to its Phase One commitments on Ag buys and import standards and is an […]

Grassley Wants Administration to Fill Ag Trade Positions

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has called on President Biden to fill a couple of key USDA positions that deal with agricultural trade. He wants “qualified officials” appointed to the positions of Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. “I write to […]

USDA Transparency Effort Does Not Excite R-CALF

A new effort from USDA to bring transparency to cattle pricing is getting a lukewarm response from the industry, and some criticism. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said the problem is that large amounts of cattle taken out of the cash market that don’t contribute to price discovery. “USDA is using what limited authority it […]

Fight Over A Return To WOTUS Continues

The fight over President Biden EPA’s move to roll back the Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule is heating up. At least 30 Republican, primarily farm-state senators are behind a bill to make permanent last year’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule which reversed the Waters Of The U.S. rule, established by the Obama Administration. The issue’s […]