IDA Supports Undocumented Immigrants Getting Driving Privileges

The Idaho Dairy Industry has thrown its support behind state Senate Bill 1132, allowing undocumented immigrants the ability to obtain driving privileges within the state. The legislation also allows privileges to be issued to any Idahoan who doesn’t want the federal Star Card. Idaho Dairymen’s Association CEO Rick Naerebout said about half of Idaho’s Ag […]

Farm Groups Welcome Death Tax Repeal Legislation

Legislation introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate would eliminate the estate tax. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act temporarily doubles the estate tax exemption to $11 million per person indexed for inflation through 2025. However, without congressional action, the estate tax exemption will revert to $5.5 million per person in 2026, putting […]

Baldwin Lays Out Ag Appropriation Priorities

Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin will serve as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture during this Congress. She said one of her top goals is helping the farming community recover from COVID-19. “There were a lot of underlying challenges to dairy and agriculture prior to the pandemic but the pandemic, as we know, wreaks […]

Agriculture Responds to Senate Passage of $1.9T COVID-19 Package

On Saturday, the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The package, known as the American Rescue Plan, will extend federal unemployment benefits, offer up to $1,400 in direct payments to individuals earning less than $80,000, and increase funding for several nutrition assistance programs. Additionally, it authorizes several provisions to bolster rural and agricultural […]

Tai Nomination On To Full Senate

While the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Katherine Tai to become the next U.S. Trade Representative, Ag senator Chuck Grassley says the Biden trade agenda won’t likely become clear for months. The former Senate Finance Chair, said, as he sees it, Katherine Tai, will be confirmed well before President Biden’s trade agenda […]

Stabenow Expected to Lead Senate Ag Committee

With Democrats winning the two Georgia runoff Senate elections this week and a 50-50 majority expected in the chamber, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow is poised to be the next Senate Agriculture Committee Chair. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, will preside over the Senate, giving Democrats the slim majority. With full control by Democrats in Washington, D.C., farmers […]

Senate Unanimously Passes Grain Standards Reauthorization

Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced Tuesday the Senate had unanimously passed the bipartisan U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The act regulates marketing standards for grains and oilseeds and extends the inspection authority through September of 2025. “The Senate has approved the Grain […]

Walmsley: Farm Country Better Prepared For A Second COVID Wave

According to the American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley, agriculture is better prepared for a second wave of the coronavirus. With COVID-19 numbers spiking in several states as well as European counties, health experts warning of a new COVID wave coming this fall. But Walmsley said for the American farmer, this won’t look anything like the […]

Telehealth Expansion Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

Legislation introduced this week would expand access to telehealth options for rural residents. The KEEP Telehealth Options Act would require the federal government to study the actions taken to expand access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and report on how to improve those services. The bill was introduced by Senator Deb Fischer, a […]

NFU: Farmers, Rural Communities Need More Support During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic continues to create challenges for and in some situations, overwhelm the rural community. As lawmakers in Washington D.C. debate what another round of COVID-19 assistance may look like, the National Farmers Union is asking that more than the bottom line be considered. NFU President Rob Larew recently penned a letter to the […]