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USDA announces producers will receive 100 percent of payments, extends CFAP deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the application deadline and eligible crops for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).  Additionally, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue annou... Read More

House Ag Appropriations chair may have misused campaign funds

A report by the Office of Congressional Ethics says Representative Sanford Bishop, a Georgia Democrat, may have misused campaign funds. Bishop is Chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee, and has served as the Representative for Geo... Read More

Perdue says EU “Green Deal” could undermine trade talks with the U.S.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says the European Union’s recently-published EU “Green Deal” strategies could “undermine trade and affect the viability of EU farmers.” Perdue’s claim was immediately refuted by his EU counterpart. Read More

NASDA: Senate Coronavirus Aid Falls Short for Agriculture

Negotiations to finalize the next coronavirus relief package in Congress are far from the finish line, and so is aid for agriculture, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The Senate Republican proposal include... Read More

2020 Virtual Corn Congress A Success

The National Corn Growers Association remains hard at work to help improve the economic situation for corn growers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On the heels of NCGA’s first Virtual Corn Congress, the organization hosted a virtual fly-in to Cap... Read More

Marshall Pushes for Additional Assistance for Agriculture

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. this week sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Congressional Leadership encouraging the inclusion of The Farming Support to States Act in the forthcoming COVID-19 aid package. The legislation wou... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Includes $20 Billion for Agriculture

The Senate coronavirus relief package includes an expected $20 billion for agriculture. The relief package worth $1 trillion released this week by Republican leadership in the Senate, however, falls short, according to Democrats. And, Congress will n... Read More

Nebraska organizations call for additional meatpacking protections

Twenty-five Nebraska organizations and worker representatives are calling for more COVID-19 protections for those working in meat and poultry plants. In a letter to Nebraska State Senators, the group says the Governor has failed to act through an ... Read More

Senate and House Coronavirus Aid Packages Similar in Amounts

Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota told the Hagstrom Report this week that he thinks the Senate coronavirus aid package will be similar to the House HEROES Act. The two packages will contain similar amounts of money for agricultural assistance, b... Read More

Telehealth expansion legislation introduced in U.S. Senate

New legislation introduced this week would expand access to telehealth options for rural residents. The KEEP Telehealth Options Act would require the federal government to study the actions taken to expand access to telehealth services during the ... Read More

Report: 27 Countries Headed for COVID-19 Food Crisis

A new analysis identifies 27 countries that are on the frontline of impending COVID-19-driven food crises, as the pandemic's effects aggravate pre-existing drivers of hunger. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program report t... Read More