Thursday, November 14, 2019

National News

South Dakota Senators Introduce Beef Integrity Act

Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune this week took steps to keep beef born, raised and slaughtered in foreign countries from receiving a “Product of the U.S.A.” label. The South Dakota republicans say the...

USDA Announces NIFA, ERS, Office Location in Kansas City

The Department of Agriculture this week announced the signing of a lease for office space in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 805 Pennsylvania Avenue will be home to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture,...

Another Attempt to Fix Farm Labor Problems Introduced in Congress

Representatives Zoe Lofgren of California and Dan Newhouse of Washington introduced comprehensive legislation that attempts to overhaul the nation’s agricultural labor programs. Politico says the legislation will attempt to “thread the needle” between agriculture...

Agency Partnership Designed to Reduce Food Waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration announced they’re partnering with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance. It’s part of the “Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative”...

House Agriculture Committee Passes CFTC Reauthorization

The House Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 4895, legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2025 by voice vote this morning. “The bill … helps strengthen our financial market infrastructure and makes it more...
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USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production...

Early 2020 Forecast Signals More Trouble for Missouri River Farmers

Early predictions for the 2020 runoff season suggest more flood risks for farmers along the Missouri River. Through a series of public meetings, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says wet and saturated soils,...

Voting Begins for 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced it will begin mailing ballots on November 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections. Each committee has three...

Marshall, Brindisi, Introduce Real MEAT Act

A bill introduced Monday would address deceptive labeling practices in alternative protein products, such as plant-based imitators of meat. Republican Representative Roger Marshall of Kansas, along with New York Democrat Anthony Brindisi, introduced the...

Chinese Importers Buy Even More U.S. Soybeans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that private exporters reported the sale of 264,000 tons of U.S. soybeans to China for delivery in the 2019/2020 marketing year. The deal comes as hopes continue for...

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