Congress has a number of issues yet to finalize before the end of the year, some receiving watchful eyes from the agriculture industry – tax extenders that are important to agriculture including Section 179, biodiesel tax credit, and research and development....More
The House of Representatives passed a six-year highway bill that provides state and local governments a federal commitment, and sets the rules for planning and building highways, bridges and transit programs....More
In a last-minute agreement between the House Republican leadership and the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), the originally proposed $3 billion cut in the federal crop insurance program in the budget agreement was averted....More
House Republicans are waiting on Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) to determine if he is willing to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is the only Republican that seems to be able to garner the support of mainstream Republicans and Tea Party members.
So far, he has said he is not interested, but members continue to urge him to run. If he refuses to run, there is no consensus on an alternative at this time....More
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines will not suggest Americans consider sustainability when making decisions about the food or beverages they consume, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack....More
The election for a new Speaker of the House has been postponed as the House Republican caucus finds itself in chaos over who to select after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stunned his Republican colleagues when he dropped his bid for speaker last week....More