Two national farm leaders called for federal protection from lawsuits that hold farmers liable for the noise and foul odors of increasingly large-scale agricultural production.
Brazil is the likely winner in U.S.-China estrangement.
When farm bill negotiators get down to business, the 47 House “conferees” will face an unusually big-caliber Senate team, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as one of its members.
Congress could send the final version of the 2018 farm bill to President Trump for enactment in early September, a little over a month from now.
The Republican chairmen and senior Democrats on the Senate and House Agriculture committees met on Thursday and agreed “to get a farm bill finished as quickly as possible.”
Trump’s administration announced on Tuesday it would spend up to $12 billion to offset the impact of the tit-for-tat tariff war facing U.S. exports.
University weed scientists estimate at least 1.2 percent of U.S. soybean plantings have been damaged accidentally by the weedkiller dicamba despite stricter limits on its use this year.
The USDA began preparing for a trade war with China last fall, before President Trump confronted Beijing, said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.
GOP leaders say they will call a vote as early as Tuesday in the House for a face-to-face confrontation with the Senate over broader and more rigorous work requirements.
U.S. soybean exports will be down a quarter-billion bushels in the coming year due to steep Chinese tariffs on the oilseed, estimated the USDA on Thursday.