Biden Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress

Immigration legislation supported by President Biden has made its way to Congress. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Representative Linda Sanchez of California, both Democrats, introduced Biden’s immigration proposal into their respective chambers. The Hagstrom Report says both members of Congress say the bill will “create an earned pathway to citizenship for all 11 […]

USDA Announces Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers

Earlier this week, the USDA announced a new Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed in December, amended the Packers and Stockyards Act by adding language to establish a “Dealer Statutory Trust” for the benefit of unpaid cash sellers of livestock. Much like the existing packer and poultry trusts, the […]

Newhouse, Others Call On USDA To Provide Farmers With COVID-19 Funding

Last week, Representatives Dan Newhouse, Jimmy Panetta, Jim Costa and others led 70 colleagues writing a bipartisan letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and the USDA, calling on him to spend specific funding to protect Ag workers. The letter calls on Perdue to make at least $1.5 billion of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 available […]

House Ag Chair Nomination Thursday

House lawmakers will nominate the next House Agriculture Committee Chair Thursday. The two candidates being considered are David Scott, a Democrat from Georgia, and Jim Costa, a Democrat from California. Scott is next in line, seniority wise, and endorsed by outgoing chairman Collin Peterson. Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, lost his reelection bid. Once the […]

House Ag Chair Defeated In Tuesday’s Election

Farm County lost decades of experience in D.C. this week, when House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson lost his local race. The Minnesota Democrat fell to Republican Challenger Michelle Fischbach. Peterson has led Democrats on the committee for the last three Farm Bills. So, who may take over as the Ag leader in the Democrat-controlled […]

House Lawmakers Press USDA Over Food Box Contracts

House Agriculture Committee members want questions answered regarding the Department of Agriculture’s Families Food Box Program. Led by Democrat Marcia Fudge of Ohio, the group sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. They said the letter comes amid reports of contracts under the program awarded to companies with little to no experience in agriculture […]

Newhouse Costa Call For Water Infrastructure In COVID-19 Stimulus

On Tuesday, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and Central California’s Jim Costa penned a letter to congressional leadership urging the inclusion of critical water infrastructure in the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus package. The bipartisan letter was signed by 24 members of Congress. The letter outlines the importance of Bureau of Reclamation water infrastructure projects in addressing water […]

Farm County Writes To Congress For USMCA Passage

Roughly one-thousand farm and food groups have written Congressional leaders to ratify the USMCA in a clear move to step up pressure to get the deal done.  The letter to the top leaders of the House and Senate urging approval of the tri-lateral deal probably has more signatories than any letter of its kind in […]