More than three months after he was nominated, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was confirmed by the Senate as agriculture secretary on an 87-11 roll call.
U.S. officials have prodded China repeatedly for a faster and more open system for deciding whether to approve the import of new GMO crop varieties. China approved only one strain last year.
With few Trump appointees in place at USDA, farm groups find it harder than usual to discern the new administration’s plans for agriculture.
The world’s farmers may find it easier than expected to feed 9.75 billion people, according to a pair of analyses.
President Trump is dominating more than just U.S. news.
Land retirement is on the table again as Congress prepares for the new farm bill.
Brazil and Argentina are on the way to record corn harvests this year, underlining their rising stature as competitors of the U.S. in the export market.
Senate hearing committee asked Purdue how he would expand farm exports.