USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue admits that President Trump’s aid for producers, due to trade tariff losses, could be on hold until Labor Day.
The end of the road is near for farm bill reformers, whose last opportunity lies in the Senate for altering government payments to farmers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will act on the farm bill before the end of June.
On Tuesday, groups representing wheat and soybean growers warned that the White House is making trouble for U.S. agriculture with its aggressive tactics.
Under a resolution passed last month, Republican leaders have until Friday to revive the legislation.
The Farm Belt will get walloped if China retaliates in equal measure against Washington’s $50 billion in announced tariffs on Chinese goods, said economists at Midwestern universities.
Committee leaders avoided fights over payment limits, expansion of the Conservation Reserve and updating of base acres during a comparatively smooth "mark up" session.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to tighten down access to U.S. farm subsidies, a lightning-rod issue as Congress tries to update ag and public nutrition programs this year.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will vote next week on a bipartisan farm bill that makes few changes to food stamps, farm supports, and crop insurance.
Trump told American farmers on Monday, “By the time I finish trade talks,” China, Canada, and Mexico will remove trade barriers to American products.