Three Senate races, seven House races, and three statewide referendums could dramatically change the food and agriculture policy landscape after Tuesday’s midterms.
When the Trump administration announced the farm bailout just before Labor Day, officials said payment of a second round would depend on the state of trade relations.
President Trump told cabinet officers on Wednesday “to come back with a 5-percent cut for our next meeting."
The U.S. meat industry and its emerging competitors in the field of lab-grown meat struck a truce in a letter to the White House.
Hurricane Michael, which brought 155-mile-per-hour winds and could dump several inches of rain on the region, was threatening crops and livestock from the Florida Panhandle to North Carolina.
Governor Roy Cooper earmarked $235 million for agriculture out of a proposed $1.5 billion in state spending for recovery from Hurricane Florence “and future storm resiliency” on Wednesday.
The pact should aid the flow of wheat, poultry, eggs and dairy exports, said President Trump, adding that for U.S. negotiators, “Dairy was a deal-breaker.”
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement that will succeed NAFTA includes the elimination of Canada’s Class 7 dairy price system and greater U.S. access to the Canadian dairy market.
Senate and House negotiators tacitly acknowledged on Wednesday that the 2018 farm bill, like most of its recent predecessors, will be late, due to intractable disagreements.
Barring a dramatic breakthrough, farm-state lawmakers will miss their target of enacting the 2018 farm bill in the next six days, according to two of the Senate and House negotiators.