A one-step-at-at-a-time approach on immigration is the more likely path to bill passage, including a guest worker program and adjustment of status for undocumented workers.
Facing a chilly reception from Capitol Hill, Sam Clovis is the most controversial selection for a senior USDA post since Iowa agribusinessman Tom Dorr in the days of the George W. Bush administration.
President Trump’s choice for USDA chief scientist, college professor Sam Clovis, appears to lack the credentials for the job, said Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved unanimously a USDA-FDA funding bill that rejects President Trump’s proposals to slash spending on rural development, crop insurance, and food stamps.
President Trump’s best decision on agriculture was to put Sonny Perdue in charge of USDA, says economist Barry Flinchbaugh, a farm policy expert and Kansas State University professor.
Farm groups persuaded Congress to create a high-level USDA post to promote U.S. agricultural exports. Lawmakers, in putting up money for the office, want a fearless advocate on the job.
The bicameral Arkansas Legislative Council approved an emergency rule allowing fines of up to $25,000 for “egregious” misuse of the weedkiller dicamba.
With the Trump administration pursuing a re-negotiation of NAFTA, Mexico is scaling back its purchases of U.S. corn, which has allowed Japan to become the top market for U.S. corn exports.
Chairman Michael Conaway says the House Agriculture Committee will have enough money “to craft a farm bill that works for all of our various stakeholders.”
The U.S. corn and soybean crops will be slightly larger than expected, mammoth production that would assure lackluster commodity prices far into 2018, according to a USDA survey of growers.