Biden, Vilsack Reassure Farm Bureau Members

President Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are trying to reassure American Farm Bureau members that the administration has their back. During a short video at this week’s annual meeting in Atlanta, President Biden assured the mostly Republican-leaning members that America needs farmers “three times a day.” Biden also pointed out that farmers deserve affordable […]

Administration Announces Meat Supply Chain Action Plan

President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with farmers and ranchers at the White House Monday to announce a meat supply chain action plan. The plan includes four core strategies for creating what the Administration calls a more competitive, fair, resilient meat and poultry sector, with better earnings for producers and more choices […]

Newhouse: Vaccine Mandate A Bad Idea For The Farm Economy

A federal appeals court recently pushed the pause button on efforts by the Biden Administration to mandate that all companies with 100 employees or more require the COVID-19 vaccination to maintain employment, but that does not mean the possibility of such a mandate has gone away. Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus says […]

Ag Trade To EU Expected To Increase

U.S. agricultural exports to the European Union are expected to be on the rise soon, after a weekend announcement by President Joe Biden.  “The United States and the European Union have agreed to negotiate the world’s first trade agreement based upon how much carbon is in a product as we negotiated the steel and aluminum […]

House Ag Committee Dems Want Ag Spending Preserved

House Ag Committee Chair David Scott and fellow Democrats sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking them to preserve the Ag spending provisions in the Build Back Better Act. They point out that the provisions included in the agriculture portion of the Build Back Better Act will make transformative investments that will benefit […]

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 […]