The Iowa Republican Party pointedly told Ted Cruz that he endangers his chances of winning the Iowa presidential caucuses in the future if he persists in blocking a Senate vote on Bill Northey.
As the House potentially takes up immigration reform in the coming weeks, the largest U.S. farm group wants to make sure agricultural labor is part of the legislation.
Farmers seen planting more soybeans.
The largest U.S. farm group and the crop insurance industry say Trump’s proposals to slash crop insurance funding and to deny farm payments to the wealthiest producers will have no lasting impact.
President Trump would slash food stamp spending by 30% over the next decade by cutting enrollment 10% and giving recipients half of their benefits in a monthly box of U.S.-grown food.
Five weeks after he told the largest U.S. farm group that he supports “a [farm] bill that includes crop insurance,” Trump asked Congress to slash the taxpayer-subsidized program by a third.
As part of a mammoth package envisioned by the Trump administration, the nation’s governors would be given $50 billion in block grants to help finance rural projects.
The budget agreement written by Senate leaders includes more than $1 billion for dairy supports as well as larger subsidies for cotton growers.
Many farmers will “face tight bottom lines, even negative returns in some cases,” during 2018, said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in describing the state of the rural economy as fragile.
Waiting for the spring thaw, the farm sector outlook appears as gray as a winter day, with another year of big crops and low commodity prices on the horizon.