D.C. Policy

Senator Pete Ricketts, the Republican from Nebraska, is advocating for essential worker status for the 50,000 employees of the US Dept. of Agriculture amid government shutdown concerns.
Monday’s event in Kansas City, Kansas, was attended by agriculturalists as well as business magnates and government officials and helped shed light on issues impacting agriculture.
Tech leaders address urgent connectivity needs in Rural America at House Subcommittee Hearing on Communication and Technology this week in Washington.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will make a speech at the event focusing on reforming the World Trade Organization for greater effectiveness and inclusivity.
Uncertainty grips agriculture as the countdown to the Farm Bill’s expiration date nears.
Congress grapples with funding, politics and SNAP benefits in a race against time.
Honey farmer Jim Hartman’s is being highlighted by the American Farm Bureau for his dedication to agricultural sustainability. Learn about his unexpected journey from combat veteran to beekeeper to an AFB Ag Innovator semi-finalist.
U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith, Dusty Johnson, Jim Costa, and Jimmy Panetta unite, forming a bipartisan Agriculture Caucus to promote market access and balance trade.
Senator Joni Ernst is one of many Republican lawmakers fighting the Biden Administration’s Electric Vehicle mandate and advocating for consumer choice in the agricultural industry.
Congress focused the first week of the fall session on a government funding resolution that must pass in the next few weeks to avert a full shutdown. However, lawmakers’ priorities leave the fate of the soon-to-expire Farm Bill undecided.
U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday the department will invest $1.13 billion into an initiative to distribute trees across the country in order to combat “extreme heat and climate change and improve access to nature in cities, towns, and suburbs where more than 84% of Americans live, work, and play.”
The expiration of the current farm bill is quickly approaching. The Virginia Farm Bureau offers their perspective as September progresses and time ticks away for this important piece of legislation.
At the National Farmers Union Fall Legislative Fly-In, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sheds light on the potential budgetary implications of a trillion-dollar piece of legislation.
With just over two weeks left until the current Farm Bill expires, the legislation is a hot topic at this year’s National Farmers Union Fall Legislative Fly-In.
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Conference is currently underway in Cheyenne, Wyoming, bringing together representatives from agricultural departments across nearly all 50 states and four U.S. territories for their annual meeting.
With Congress back in session this week in Washington, the Senate plans to tackle a series of spending bills.
The trade move would affect imports from China, Germany, and Canada.
Will Santa Claus leave the legislation under the tree this year? Or will lawmakers have to splinter off SNAP in order to push the Farm Bill through by the deadline? Top ag lawmakers are split.
USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small points to her prior experience in Congress as a way she can help lawmakers craft the Farm Bill if they need help.
To be called “dairy,” or not to be...you be the judge!
As the August congressional recess gets underway, several House Ag lawmakers are hitting the road—passing up their home districts to hold Farm Bill Listening Sessions instead.