Interior To Revisit Spotted Owl Decision

The U.S. Interior Department is delaying the Trump administration’s last-minute roll-back of federal protections for the northern spotted owl. On February 22nd, federal officials said the changes will be reviewed, delaying their effective date from March 16th to April 15th. Days before leaving office, the Trump administration published a final rule revising protections for the […]

Vilsack: Food Box Program Under Review

Recently Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, the USDA’s Food Box Program which started during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic is currently under review. “The implementation of this program highlighted, in some cases, circumstances and situations where perhaps the level of money paid for those who were putting the boxes together was pretty significant. And […]

Peterson Institute: China Phase One Deal Falls Short

The Peterson Institute calls the China Phase One agreement a “flop” in a Recent Analysis. The analysis said, “Much of the deal was a failure.” Citing China’s pledge to buy $200 billion more of U.S. goods and services over two years, evidence from the deal’s first year shows China was never on pace to meet […]

Democratic Lawmakers Seek End to Cuba Embargo

Last week, Senate Democrats introduced a bill to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Senate Finance Committee Chair, Oregon’s Ron Wyden introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 to repeal sanctions on Cuba and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. Wyden stated, “To continue this outdated, harmful policy of isolation would be a […]

AFBF Calling On Biden Administration To Be Clear About WOTUS

An American Farm Bureau official says whatever the Biden EPA decides to do with Trump Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS reforms, clarity should be key, especially in a pandemic. The AFBF’s Don Parrish said a return to the Obama 2015 water rule with its complicated definitions and sweeping regulatory reach, won’t help farmers or […]

USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

Sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program was scheduled to end February 12th, but the USDA has decided to extend that deadline. USDA said it will continue to accept offers as it takes the opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the Trump Administration, incentives and rental payment rates were […]

USDA Rolls Out Improvements to Livestock Risk Protection Insurance Program

In the final moments of the Trump Administration, the USDA announced further changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance plan. The changes took effect on Wednesday for crop year 2021 and succeeding crop years. USDA says the improvements include increasing livestock head limits for feeder and fed cattle to 6,000 head per endorsement or 12,000 […]

USDA Issues Domestic Hemp Production Final Rule Notice

The flurry of last-minute regulations from the Trump administration includes a final rule concerning Domestic Hemp Production. The USDA published the final rule notice in the Federal Register Tuesday. The U.S. Hemp Growers Association said the final rule appears to address many of the concerns the organization expressed during a comment period. Changes include allowing […]

Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Gray Wolf

A coalition of environmental and wildlife advocacy groups have filed suit against the Trump administration over the decision to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Protections. Back in October, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted protection for the wolves in the continental U.S. The only exception is a small population of Mexican gray […]

NCFC Unhappy with IRS Rule on “Grain Glitch”

The Internal Revenue Service released its final rule on how farm income from cooperatives will be handled for tax purposes. The Hagstrom Report says the regulation has been a source of dispute since Congress passed the 2017 Tax and Jobs Act. The IRS said Section 199A of the law provides taxpayers a deduction of up […]