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Smith lands spot on ag committee, other prized panels

Sen. Tina Smith has a spot on the Senate's Agriculture Committee and several other critical panels. Smith was sworn in last week to replace Al Franken as Minnesota's junior senator … Click to Continue »

Fischer gains seat on US Senate Agriculture Committee

Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator, Republican Deb Fischer, garnered a seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Fischer, a rancher from Valentine, announced her appointment Tuesday, saying agriculture "is the backbone of … Click to Continue »

Ag Responds to Tax Reform Passage

Our House of Representatives again passed the GOP Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1 (115) today after a re-vote. And agriculture is beginning to chime in. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) praised House passage and...Show More Summary

House Ag Committee Launches Farm Bill Website

The House Agriculture Committee is ready to get to work on the 2018 Farm Bill, so Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) today announced the launch of a new online farm bill resource designed to provide updates and information. “I’m committed to completing a farm bill on time. We’ve spent the past three years preparing—holding 113 hearings and six listening sessions around... Read More

NY Senate asks farmers: How can we help your bottom line?

Members of the New York state Senate want to hear from farmers about ways the state can help their industry. The Senate's Standing Committee on Agriculture is scheduled to meet … Click to Continue »

GROWMARK’s Wells Joins ARA Executive Committee

GROWMARK Crop Nutrients Division Manager Rod Wells is the newest member of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) executive committee. Wells has been involved in ARA for a number of years and believes it is an important place to participate. Show More Summary

ARA Conference Chair Optimistic Amid Challenges

For the past nine years, Leroy Startz with ING Capital has chaired the committee that plans the Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference. Startz said this year’s conference had strong attendance and even stronger enthusiasm from participants, even though low commodity prices continue to challenge the industry. Show More Summary

The Rats are Leaving the Ship. What lifeboat are the heading for?

Yet another Republican in the US Congress is leaving. Bob Goodlatte, of the Virginia 6th, and chair of the House Agriculture COmmittee, will retire in December 2018. His seat will be up for grabs. Here is what he says about it, as reported...Show More Summary

The Russia Scandal Might Torpedo a Controversial Department of Agriculture Nominee

President Donald Trump’s pick for a key Department of Agriculture position appeared to hit a hurdle Tuesday, when the GOP chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee refused to say whether the nomination would go forward. Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign aide who the president tapped to serve as the agriculture department’s top scientist, had […]

REPORT: Trump Nominee Sam Clovis Has Turned

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Politico reports: Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee to be the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist, has been “a fully cooperative witness” in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts told POLITICO. Show More Summary

Climate-denying nominee for top USDA science post gets caught in Russia controversy

Sam Clovis, one of the Trump administration’s more controversial nominees for a political appointment, was already raising eyebrows ahead of his November 9 confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee. To start, Clovis...Show More Summary

House Ag Chair Says Farm Bill on Track

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R-TX) says they are moving forward with work on the 2018 Farm Bill. “Still on track for late for fourth quarter (this year) or early first quarter of next year,” said Conaway during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “We’re going to be ready on the committee…when floor time opens up.” Rep. Conaway was... Read More

Senate committee to vote on hemp farming bill

The state Senate's agriculture committee is set to approve a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp. The proposal would set up state licenses for famers looking to … Click to Continue »

New SAWS scheme not ruled out

The Government has now responded to the House of Commons Defra committee report on the agricultural labour market: Response It argues that the sector faces a 'challenging situation' rather than a crisis. However, it does not rule out a new version of the SAWS scheme and says that such a scheme could be introduced within months of it being needed.

Committee to hold hearing on hemp farming bill

A legislative committee is set to consider a bill that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp in Wisconsin. The Senate agriculture committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing … Click to Continue »

Two More USDA Nominees Get Their Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday heard from nominees Greg Ibach to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and Bill Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Show More Summary

Ag Export Coalition Urges Increased Funding for Export Programs

More than 120 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are urging leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture to increase funding for USDA export promotion programs in the new farm bill. The coalition ssent a letter...Show More Summary

Conaway Comments on Cotton Damage in Texas

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) toured south Texas last week with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to see first hand some of the agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Conaway and Perdue viewed the...Show More Summary

House Ag Committee at #FPS17

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) and members of the committee hosted a farm bill listening session at the Farm Progress Show Thursday in Decatur, Illinois. It was the fifth such session the committee has held so far. “This was a terrific listening session that will benefit us as we write the next farm... Read More

USDA seeks fruit and vegetable committee members

Nominations are due Sept.1 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Sept.1 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.

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