AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AMERICA

Letters and Testimonies

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
Committee on Agriculture 06/14/21
U.S. House of Representatives 03/25/21
Senate Agriculture Committee 02/26/21
House Rules Committee 02/25/21
House, Senate Budget Committees 02/24/21
House, Senate Appropriations Committees 02/24/21
02/22/21
House, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees 12/04/20
Rep. Andy Barr 10/08/20
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry 07/28/20

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
Farm Credit Administration 07/20/21
USDA 04/09/21
OMB 03/18/21
USDA, OMB 02/24/21
USDA 10/08/20
Governors 03/24/20
President Donald Trump 03/19/20
CEQ 03/10/20
U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program 01/29/20
FDIC, Fed, OCC 12/16/19

Testimony

Title Committee Presenter Date
House Agriculture Committee Steven J. Handke 12/11/19
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Written Statement 11/19/19

Ag News

USDA Details Trade Payments Alongside Mexico Deal

The USDA released details of it's plans to protect farmers from foreign trade retaliation. The department has authorized $12 billion for several programs, including:

* payments to certain producers starting Sept. 4,

* $1.2 billion in government purchases of targeted commodities, and

* $200 million to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products.

The announcement came the same day that the Trump administration announced a preliminary U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. The White House said the preliminary agreement will feature new “rules of origin” requirements, stronger labor standards, and commitments to reduce trade-distorting policies for agricultural goods.