Ag News: Food Stamp Loopholes
Foundation for Government Accountability is reporting that the Food stamp loopholes will NOT unfairly penalize children in the school lunch program.
Ag News: Brazil Rice Subsidized
U.S. farmers claims Brazil using government programs to push Brazilian rice into the U.S. and other countries where the U.S. fights to keep market shares.
Farm Foreclosures Feared; Monsanto Dicamba Complaint
Bankers are expecting an increase in farm loan foreclosures. Arkansas Ag officials are being sued due to a proposed ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage. an increase in farm loan foreclosures is expected by some bankers. Cargill is expanding, signed an agreement to buy Diamond V.
Dems Doubt Clovis and More Cattle on Feedlots
**Senator Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, is questioning whether Sam Clovis, President Trump’s expected nominee as USDA's Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, has the chops for the job.
As REE under secretary, Clovis would have the title of chief scien…
U.S. Trade Rep Meets With Japan; Dairy Spikes Due to Foreign Markets
**U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is already meeting with his counterparts from Japan and other countries, letting them know the U.S. is willing to talk about bilateral trade deals.
Shortly after signing a letter to tell Congress that the new NAFTA talks were set to begin, Lighthizer flew…
Nat’l Farmers Union Policy Positions; Ag Data Storage
**Farmers and ranchers participating in the National Farmers Union Anniversary Convention endorsed several farm bill provisions designed to shore up farm income while “vehemently” opposing any spending cuts and recommending additional spending to shore up the farm safety …