Ag Committee Leaders Applaud CFTC Nominations

The leadership of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees applaud the recent nominations by President Joe Biden to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. President Biden nominated Rostin Behman as CFTC chair, and Kristin Johnson and Cristy Goldsmith Romero as commissioners. In 2019, Behnam spearheaded the establishment of CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee’s Climate-Related Market Risk […]

President Biden Addresses Wildfires During Trip To PNW

Saying politics has no place at the table, President Joe Biden met with officials at the Interagency Fire Center in Boise Monday. Biden said both parties need to work together to address the obvious impacts of climate change. “It’s not a democrat thing, it’s not a republican thing, it’s a weather thing. It’s a reality. […]

Ag Groups: Tax Proposals Risk Future of American Farms

The American Farm Bureau Federation, 46 state Farm Bureaus, and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders regarding tax policies and the impact they will have on the farming sector. The letter asks lawmakers to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back […]

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 […]

Lawmakers Seek Reimbursement for Dairy Farmers

A group of lawmakers has called on the Biden administration to reimburse dairy producers for losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and market-related losses. In a recent letter to President Joe Biden, the 24 lawmakers say, “We strongly urge you to ensure our producers are reimbursed for as much of the roughly $725 million in […]

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 […]