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Nearly A Decade Later, Farmers, Ranchers, Still Reeling from Obamacare

In August 2009, Nebraska Farm Bureau then President, Keith Olsen, warned that health insurance costs could skyrocket for farmers and ranchers under the Obama administration’s proposal to mandate cer... Read More

Farm Bill Conference Committee Talks Suddenly Close

The farm bill conference committee could have an agreement in place as this week starts. “We’re darn close,” House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway told Politico a couple days after a bout of finger-pointing between conference committee members,... Read More

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will name the Environmental Protection Agency's acting head, Andrew Wheeler, to the post permanently. Trump made the announcement almost in passing Friday at a White House ceremony for Presidentia... Read More

Animal Welfare Institute Sues USDA over Label Claims

The Animal Welfare Institute is suing the Department of Agriculture for what it calls “unreasonable delay in responding” to a 2014 petition. AWI asked the agency in 2014 to require independent certification of certain animal raising label claims.... Read More

Roberts, Conaway, Engaged in Finger-pointing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel calls passing a farm bill a top priority for the lame duck session, but the conference committee must first come to an agreement. Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts was hopeful for an agreement Thursday, but said Hou... Read More

Senate Ag Committee Announces Consideration of USDA Nominations

The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider three Department of Agriculture nominations later this month. The Committee will consider the nominations of Mindy Brashears, Naomi Earp, and Scott Hutchins. The hearing was announced by Chairman Pat ... Read More

60 Groups Urge Congress to Protect USDA Agencies from Reorganization

60 farm and food groups, along with others, are urging Congress to block a proposed move of Department of Agriculture agencies out of the Washington, D.C. area. The group penned a letter to leaders of the House and Senate agricultural appropriations ... Read More

Incoming House Majority Demanding USMCA Changes

With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, key party leaders in the chamber are demanding changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMCA, an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, is expected to ... Read More

Environmental Defense Fund, National Corn Growers Association Launch First-of-Its-Kind Partnership

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between an environmental organization and commodity crop association. The partnership aims to address one of the most pr... Read More

Roberts Could Seek Another Senate Term

The next farm bill is the top priority for Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts as many begin speculating if he will make another bid for his Senate seat in two years. Roberts, who has chaired both the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Ag... Read More

Little Room for Farm Bill in Lame Duck

The prospect of getting a farm bill finished in the lame duck session appears low, as there is much the conference committee must agree on. Lawmakers returned to work this week with a busy lame duck session in store, and a farm bill full of disagr... Read More