Labor Department Finalizes H-2A Wage Rule

On Monday, the Labor Department issued a final rule that updates the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates in the H-2A visa program. The Trump administration claims the new rule improves the consistency of the wage rates, provides stronger protections for workers, and establishes better stability and predictability for employers. Agriculture Secretary […]

USDA Extends Food Box Program Into December

The USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program was scheduled to wrap up at the end of October, following three rounds of food acquisition and distribution. “But we thought is was so popular that we’re continuing in November and December through the end of the year,” Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced there will be […]

FAO Marks 75 Years Helping Feed The World

Earlier this month, the United National celebrated the diamond anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization. “The FAO Constitution from 1945 is still enduring. At that time we established our commitment to raiding levels of nutrition and standards of people; increasing the efficiency of the production and distribution of food bettering the conditions of rural […]

Malheur County Designated Disaster

On Tuesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Malheur County, Oregon, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses caused by recent drought may be eligible for FSA Emergency Loans. The designation allows FSA to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including […]

USDA: More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of CFAP

The USDA says it has paid more than $7 billion in assistance to farmers as part of round two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Known as CFAP 2, the program provides farmers with financial aid to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, […]

Stabenow Leads Opposition Against USDA Decision on Dairy Aid

Senate Ag Committee Member Debbie Stabenow is leading a group of 15 senators asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to reverse a decision that excluded dairy farmers from getting coronavirus aid for losses from meat produced from breeding animals. The Hagstrom Report said the senators point out that losses from meat produced from breeding animals were […]

USDA Holds SNAP Training Forum

The USDA recently held its first ever SNAP Employment and Training National Work Forum. “ENT transforms SNAP From a program that puts money on a card each month to being about wrap-around services and support to help each individual discover his or her own potential, said Deputy Ag Secretary, Steve Censky. The three day virtual […]

Watchdog Groups Call For Investigation Of Perdue

Watchdog organizations are calling for the USDA’s inspector general to investigate whether Ag Secretary Sonn Perdue committed ethics violations when he may have failed to separate himself from his multimillion dollar business when becoming the head of the Department of Ag. In 2017, Perdue pledged to separate himself from business holdings that could pose conflicts […]

Texas Representative Wans FSA Offices “Fully Reopened”

Texas Representative Jodey Arrington recently sent a letter to the USDA and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding FSA offices. Arrington is asking the agency to reexamine and update their COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and safely reopen their local Farm Service Agency offices. The West Texas Republican said those offices are critical for hardworking agricultural producers, […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Surpasses 100 Million Boxes Delivered

On Tuesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Perdue stated, “It is incredible to think that in a little more than five months, this food box program has gone from an idea to a reality that has provided […]