Vilsack Lays Out Early Agenda – DTN Feb 26, 2021

🕔Feb 26, 2021
USDA needs to ensure its coronavirus aid to farmers is equitable as the Biden administration is using the department in several ways to focus on President Joe Biden’s goal to […]

Vilsack Already Facing Calls on CFAP Aid – DTN Feb 26, 2021

🕔Feb 26, 2021
As Tom Vilsack was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as Agriculture secretary, he already faces a request from his home-state congressional delegation asking to expand COVID-19 relief aid to include custom […]

House Ag Committee Passes Portion of FY21 Budget Reconciliation Bill Feb 11, 2021

🕔Feb 11, 2021
DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported on Wednesday that, “The $1.9 trillion relief plan moving through the House of Representatives has roughly $16.1 billion in specific provisions for USDA — mainly for nutrition […]

Meatpackers Face Close COVID Scrutiny – DTN Feb 4, 2021

🕔Feb 4, 2021
A House subcommittee has launched an investigation into COVID-19 outbreaks at meatpacking plants owned by Tyson Foods Inc., JBS USA and Smithfield Foods Inc., as well as the response from […]

South African H-2A Guest Workers Given Exemption from Travel Ban – DTN Feb 1, 2021

🕔Feb 1, 2021
Following pressure from farm groups and farmers themselves, the State Department late Thursday issued a statement declaring that H-2A workers from South Africa may qualify for “national interest exemptions” that […]

USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures for Distressed Borrowers Jan 27, 2021

🕔Jan 27, 2021
Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for […]

Stimulus Bill: What Changes Will Affect Farmers? Jan 20, 2021

🕔Jan 20, 2021
On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 was signed into law.  There were many items in this legislation that affected farmers.  There were changes to the […]

Georgia: Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture Survey Jan 8, 2021

🕔Jan 8, 2021
All sectors of Georgia’s food and fiber industry have been impacted by the COVID pandemic. In May, over 850 producers completed a survey describing the early impacts of the disease […]

Trump Signs COVID Relief Bill – DTN Dec 29, 2020

🕔Dec 29, 2020
President Donald Trump signed the combined fiscal year 2021 omnibus appropriations and COVID-19 relief bill late Sunday after threatening to veto it. The presidential signature means that, as part of […]

Congress Passes COVID Relief Stimulus Package, with Ag, Nutrition Provisions Dec 23, 2020

🕔Dec 23, 2020
Emily Cochrane reported on the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times that, “Congress on Monday night overwhelmingly approved a $900 billion stimulus package that would send billions of dollars to American households and […]

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