AG Rural News

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Deputy Secretary Mike Young held a media briefing Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) proposed FY 2018 Budget. Here are some excerpts from that conference call. AUDIO: Sonny Perdue and Mike Young Continue reading Perdue comments on USDA budget at Brownfield Ag News.
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Lawmakers and ag groups are questioning the USDA’s recent announcement that the Undersecretary for Rural Development would be replaced with a special assistant to the Secretary. During a House Ag Committee hearing on Wednesday, ranking member Collin Peterson said the change has caused some anxiety in the ag industry and among members of Congress who represent rural communities.  “But I take you at your word that you’re going to continue to make that a priority,” he says.  Continue reading Ag Secretary says rural development will be ‘elevated’ at Brownfield Ag News.
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A group of rural organizations including the National Farmers Union are calling on Congress to stop reorganizations within the USDA’s Rural Development agency. Last week Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA’s Under Secretary for Rural Development would be replaced with a special assistant who reports directly to Perdue.  “There’s no employee difference, there’s no changes involved other than I wanted that person adjacent to me where we can go forward and invest in rural development, rural America, to make it prosperous.” NFU’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew tells Brownfield rural development needs would lose a seat at the...
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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Craig Uden and NCBA director of international trade Kent Bacus held a conference call this morning with ag reporters to discuss the announcement from the White House that an agreement has been reached that will restore U.S. beef access to China. Here is an excerpt from that discussion. AUDIO: NCBA conference call on China/U.S. beef Continue reading NCBA officials discuss the China/U.S. beef announcement at Brownfield Ag News.
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The House Ag Committee had its first opportunity to go one-on-one with the Secretary of Agriculture. Issues ranged from crop insurance, immigration, the rising age of the farmer, the USDA reorganization and trade. Chairman Mike Conaway says he wants to know how the USDA’s new undersecretary for trade would fit in with the other governmental trade entities.  “The role that undersecretary will play – not only in making sure the negotiations go the correct way, but also making sure the administration keeps a close look on enforcement of the various trade deals we have out there,” he says. Continue reading Perdue tackles trade...
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A team of Mexican grain industry officials is in the U.S. this week to discuss trade between the two countries. During a Tuesday news conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, Felipe Basarte with the Mexican grain trade group Conafab said they like doing business with the U.S. But because of the controversy surrounding NAFTA, Basarte says, they are also considering other options. “Last week, some of our associated companions were down to Brazil,” Basarte said. Continue reading Mexican grain industry officials express concerns at Brownfield Ag News.
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