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Poll: Tax Reform Needed for Farmers and America

A commanding majority of American voters support tax reform, a nationwide poll shows, while most voters also support tax changes that would benefit America’s farm and ranch families. The survey conducted by Morning Consult found that seven out o... Read More

Farmers, Leaders Push for Change with Pruitt in Iowa

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to visit 26 states in all before undertaking an eventual overhaul of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule. State and federal government leaders, as well as farmer... Read More

Senators Introduce Bill to Update FSA Loan Limits

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) joined Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Luther Strange (R-AL) to introduce the Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act, legislation to increase the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer or rancher can receive und... Read More

WOTUS Comment Period Extension Pending

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to decide whether to grant a request by a number of Democratic senators to extend by 90 days the public comment period on a proposed rollback of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule, an agen... Read More

USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

DES MOINES, Iowa– U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. Today’s ... Read More

Iowa and Nebraska Governors Ask EPA to Pump Up Advanced Biofuels

On Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts asked the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the amount of biomass-based biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol in its final biofuels rule. The Renewable Fuel Standard p... Read More

Sens. Moran, Warner Introduce First Comprehensive Senate Bill to Encourage Food Service Providers to Help Eradicate Food Deserts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) this week introduced the first comprehensive legislation in the U.S. Senate to target food deserts by incentivizing food se... Read More

Minnesota Agriculture Airs Concerns

MORGAN, Minn. (DTN) -- While Farmfest is known for its traditional heat and humidity, it was cool, bordering on chilly, on Thursday as 11 members of the House Agriculture Committee heard about a broad array of concerns over the farm bill and rural ec... Read More

Ex-Trade Negotiator Says Trump Misguided on NAFTA

The Trump Administration’s goal to reduce trade deficits by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is not a good one. That’s the opinion of former top Obama-era trade negotiator Darci Vetter. The Capital Press says Vetter feels... Read More

National Young Farmers Coalition to hold Young Farmer Roundtables to urge Congress to support young farmers in the farm bill process

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is holding Young Farmers Roundtables this August to give young farmers the chance to express their needs directly to members of Congress who serve on the House Agriculture Committee.  The announcement was... Read More

Washington Times Editorial Board Praises the Raise Act

A good start on immigration reform Editorial Washington Times August 3, 2017 Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, joined the president at the White House to announce that they have been working with the admi... Read More

Trump Endorsed Immigration Bill Could Harm Farm Labor

A bill endorsed by President Donald Trump that would change the U.S. immigration system may harm farm labor. The bill by Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia would reduce the number of legal immigrants coming into th... Read More

Biofuels Industry Critical of Latest RFS Proposal

The federal government may be underestimating the growth potential of cellulosic ethanol and advanced biofuels, a number of witnesses testified on Tuesday on the latest proposed volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. They asked the U.S. Environmenta... Read More

Mexico Names Chief NAFTA Negotiator

Mexico announced that Kenneth Smith Ramos would be the nation's chief negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement talks set to begin later this month. Ramos will be Mexico's chief technical negotiator for the talks between the U.S., Mexico... Read More