There is a major push to get people interested in agricultural education. This hits close to home, as I received an agricultural education degree and taught vocational agriculture for two-and-a-half years in a rural community, in Western Oklahoma.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey of New York is proposing to block a White House request regarding its farm trade aid program. A review of the draft legislation says it would potentially mean trouble for President Trump’s ability to direct aid payments to thousands of American farmers. A key Republican lawmaker says the Democrat’s move could potentially stall a key bill needed to avoid another government shutdown.
The seesaw effect of the trade war with China is bouncing back again. China and the United States are poised to resume trade talks in October. China has been working to show some good faith by buying more Ag products. On Friday there were also reports of the Chinese repealing the punitive tariffs on U.S. pork products.
It has been a few long years since we started talking about the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The fears of government overreach into private property became very real, very fast. Many agriculture groups were looking at ways to find a solution. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had fully rescinded the 2015 order. So, what is next?
Any new cultural practice has a learning curve.
The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) is close to being brought to the floor of the U.S. House. On Thursday, Farmers for Free Trade held a rally in Washington, D.C. Several lawmakers came out and spoke in support of the agreement.