Survey Shows Farmers Strongly Support President Trump

A new Farm Futures poll shows farmers significantly plan to support President Trump in November’s election. The poll asked the question, “If the presidential election was held today, would you vote for President Trump?” Just over 1,000 producers responded, with 75% saying yes. In 2018, 60% said yes to the same question, following the start […]

Trump Announces More Funding for Food Box Program

On Monday President Trump announced an additional $1 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box program. The USDA announced the program earlier this year, along with $3 billion in funding to help farmers and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the program, USDA purchases food from farmers, then local distributors pack and deliver the […]

China, Lighthizer Talk Trade Agreement

China reaffirmed this week its commitments included in the Phase 1 trade deal. The pledge comes out of a conversation between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese trade officials, according to Reuters, this was the first formal dialogue since early May. In a statement following the call, Lighthizer said, “Both sides see progress and […]

Rural Broadband Takes Center Stage Nationally

Rural broadband needs are drawing renewed attention of lawmakers nationwide as more and more schools and colleges turn to remote learning. The Pew Research Center estimates about 15% of all households with school-age children lack high-speed internet and poor FCC mapping means the number could be higher. During a recent Ag subcommittee hearing, story after […]

Farmer Support for Trump Remains Strong

While President Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden in a majority of election polls, farmer support for Trump remains strong. A recent Pulse Poll from Farm Journal shows 82% of the more than 1,500 farmer respondents say they would vote for President Trump if the election were held today. Meanwhile, 13% say they would […]

U.S., China, Postpone Trade Deal Review

The U.S. and China have postponed a review of the Phase One trade deal as China continues to buy large amounts of U.S. farm commodities. The two sides were set to meet over the weekend, but the delay allows China more time to buy U.S. crops. However, according to Reuters, the postponement arose over scheduling […]

Trump Signs Rural Telemedicine Executive Order

President Trump signed an executive order this week that his administration says will provide millions of citizens with healthcare services during a global pandemic. The executive order seeks to expand access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in rural communities. The White House said the expansion of telehealth services offers benefits to Americans […]

What Would Ag Need In Another Round Of COVID-19 Stimulus?

It’s expected that serious negotiations on a final COVID-19 stimulus bill are expected the latter this month after Congressional lawmakers return from a two-week holiday recess. The politics and contents of what’s expected to be a final pandemic stimulus are uncertain as the election nears, but Ag-state lawmakers are increasingly confident there will be some […]

Trump, Obrador Celebrate USMCA

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate USMCA. The agreement recently became the law of the land in North America. After multiple meetings among senior officials from both nations, the U.S. and Mexican presidents signed a joint declaration commemorating the July 1st entry-into-force […]