How Quickly Will The Senate Move On USMCA?

(IARN) — On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a vote of 385-41. Now, the bill is headed to the Senate. It still has a bumpy ride to get to the floor. Not because of a lack of support, but moreover a matter of timing. Read more

House, Senate, Pass Ag Spending Package

(IARN) — The House and Senate this week came together in passage of spending bills for fiscal year 2020. The spending package for agriculture includes $23.5 billion in discretionary funding, $451 million above fiscal year 2019 enacted levels. It also includes $1.5 billion in disaster funding for farmers and ranchers that was set to expire at the end of this year. Additionally, the bill includes $550 million for the rural broadband ReConnect Pilot program, along with fulling funding the Farmer and Rancher Stress Assistance Network and reinstating the expired biodiesel tax credit retroactively through 2022. Read more

Monarch Challenge Surpasses Expectations

(IARN) — Pollinators have been a topic of discussion for a couple of years in agriculture. Sometimes the discussions have been less than civilized, but they are happening all the same. Some in agriculture are deciding that it is better to try and do something to help rather than dig in their heels and fight. Ag Companies are joining them. BASF first launched its Monarch Challenge in 2015. Every year they challenge more farmers to do better in protecting habitat for the winged critters. In 2019, they issued the challenge again, and the results this year were better than expected. Read more

Swine Producers Head Into 2020 With Momentum

(IARN) — Two-thousand-and-nineteen “was a year full of challenges,” said David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). However, Herring believes United States pork producers are in a better environment than they were this time last year. Read more