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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that 50,000 USDA workers would be furloughed, affecting spending in the communities where they work and loans to farmers.

Vilsack sees shutdown taking away children’s food, farmers’ loans

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow has noted that a short-term lapse in the farm bill is possible.

McConnell concedes farm bill will be late; Stabenow eyes year-end

House Agriculture Chairman Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa.,  said the Supreme Court decision on California's animal welfare law raises the prospect of trade conflict between states.

Thompson says House farm bill to address animal welfare law

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a meeting of his Competition Council in the State Dinning Room at the White House on Wednesday, joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard.

Biden versus fees: ‘Folks are tired of being played for suckers’

A federal alliance with state attorneys general announced Wednesday would target anticompetitive markets and industries that drive up food prices.

USDA, states join forces to fight grocery ‘price gouging’

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Republicans trying to cut nutrition in the farm bill will "have poked the bear."

House Democrats look for ‘lines in the sand’ on farm bill

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA wants to do better tracking carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.

USDA launches effort to upgrade climate data tracking

Xochitl Torres Small, a former member of Congress from New Mexico, was confirmed as deputy Agriculture secretary by the Senate on Tuesday.

Senate confirms Torres Small as deputy secretary at USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testifies to the House Agriculture Committee on March 28.

Vilsack touts Biden’s biofuel support as he details new aid

A sign alerting customers about SNAP food stamps benefits is displayed in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2019.

New food stamp requirements test states and USDA

Xochitl Torres Small, who served one term in the House before becoming a USDA undersecretary, received unanimous Senate Agriculture backing Wednesday to become deputy secretary.

Senate Agriculture backs Torres Small to take deputy position at Agriculture Department

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., must negotiate with Democrats and appease the GOP's right flank on a debt limit deal.

Debt limit drama

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., says she wants to expand the Agriculture Department services and programs available to specialty crop producers.

Specialty crop producers seek farm bill recognition, support

House Agriculture Chaimran Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., said he hopes the participants can agree to do a farm bill that is "bipartisan, bicameral, on time and highly effective."

Biden, Agriculture committee leaders to discuss farm bill goals

Xochitl Torres Small, the Agriculture undersecretary for rural development, received backing from Senate Agriculture Committee leaders to become deputy secretary.

Torres Small backed by Senate Agriculture leaders for USDA deputy

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member John Boozman, R-Ark., disagree over use of money provided for climate programs in 2022.

Senate Agriculture leaders differ on shifting funds to farm bill

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., the chairman of a Senate Agriculture's subcommittee, will lead a hearing Wednesday on food stamps.

Lawmakers steer toward food stamp clash on work requirements

Bypassing suggestions that it switch to painted potatoes or even rocks, the White House is sticking with eggs for the Easter event on Monday.

White House sticks with tradition and rolls the eggs

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he supports legislation that seeks to block agriculture purchasers acting for China, Russia, Iran or North Korea.

Gap in data complicates legislation to keep China off US farms

A movie title is seen on the screen during "The Smell of Money" Los Angeles screening on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The environmental, agricultural and moral stakes in ‘The Smell of Money’

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., ranking member on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, said he and several other lawmakers are jockeying for three seats still unfilled on the Agriculture Committee.

Bishop, Pingree among Democrats seeking House Agriculture seats

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., won her 2022 race by 4.6 percentage points, far less than the 33-point average margin of the four top House Democrats.

Spanberger takes swing-district views to Democratic leaders

Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., a former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, was reassigned to be a member of the panel by House Republicans, giving it another lawmaker with experience of past farm bills.

After past farm bill stumbles, GOP this year faces the challenge of inexperience

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow will not seek reelection next year.

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow not running for reelection

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., at a hearing in May.

Sen. Bennet unveils bill to revise agricultural visa system

Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., is seen in the Cannon tunnel during a vote Wednesday.

Ways and Means chairman coy about path ahead for Trump taxes

A tractor kicks up dust in a field near Parker, Ariz., on Aug. 24, 2021.

Vilsack sees farmers keeping climate on congressional agenda

President Joe Biden led a White House summit on hunger, nutrition and health last month, but his administration has thus far avoided putting new requirements on food companies.

Nutrition advocates want investors to improve food sector practices

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday thousands of producers "will be able to breathe a little easier. They are going to know that USDA is going to try to work with them and not against them."

USDA begins debt relief payments for thousands of farmers

John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association, was one of four plaintiffs in the suit filed by civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.

Civil rights lawyer Crump sues US over repealed aid to Black farmers

The Supreme Court is seen on  Oct. 4.

Justices probe limits of California law on pig production

Pigs are herded through a maze of pens at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.

Question for justices: Does California put US pigs in clover?

“These rules are a step in the right direction and a long time coming,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, House Foreign Affairs ranking member.

US tightens controls on advanced chip exports to China

President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in Washington on September 28.

Hunger plan builds on federal role in getting food to millions

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., who has long pushed for a conference on hunger, wears an “End Hunger Now!” mask during the first session of the 117th Congress on Jan. 3, 2021.

At conference short on GOP voices, Biden says US can end hunger

President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the White House hunger conference on Wednesday.

White House hunger strategy widens free school meals, food stamps

Sen. Cory Booker says the FDA should set mandatory targets for salt and added sweeteners.

Food industry wary of mandates ahead of hunger conference

A BNSF intermodal freight train travels across a crossing at Williams, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Senators’ legislation seeks to avert freight rail stoppage

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., has sought to change eligibility rules to allow people convicted of drug crimes to receive food stamps, saying the ban disproportionately affected people in Black and other minority communities.

Panel urges expanded free school meals ahead of hunger summit

A private property sign is seen in a birch  forest near La Salle Lake state park in Solway, Minn. The recently signed budget reconciliation law provides the U.S. Forest Service with money to aid private landowners in addressing the costs of climate change.

Forest Service to aid private owners on carbon markets, climate

Jim Diamond, left, and his wife Sally Jones-Diamond check the wheat during the harvest season at a farm in Akron, Colo., on July 15.

Senate reconciliation keeps farms, forests in climate formula

Rep. Robert C. Scott will chair a committee business meeting on July 27 to vote on a Democratic plan to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs.

House Democrats add child nutrition to legislative menu

Americans will spend 17 percent more for an Independence Day cookout than they did last year, according to a survey by the Farm Bureau.

Anyone for strawberries and cheese this Independence Day?

House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern has pushed for the hunger conference, calling it a chance to break down bureaucratic barriers to policy development.

Biden’s hunger summit echoes Nixon’s, but faces new challenges

A cafeteria worker prepares lunch for students at Freedom Preparatory Academy on Sept. 10, 2020 in Provo, Utah.

Lawmakers reach bipartisan deal to aid school meal providers

Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., indicated Wednesday the committee would move on the new nominee.

Biden picks USDA veteran for USTR agriculture negotiator post

The Commerce Department will scrutinize solar component imports from Chinese companies but won't impose tariffs for two years.

Biden taps brakes on solar tariffs, moves to boost clean energy

President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands during a summit meeting in Tokyo on Monday.

Biden outlines economic framework for US, Asian nations

President Joe Biden is expected to unveil steps to boost U.S. food crop production in an effort to rein in rising prices.

Biden to roll out retooled crop production plan at Illinois farm

Ten Senate Democrats supported Sen. Ron Johnson's, R-Wis., motion to remove House language banning U.S. mink farming from a competition bill. "This is truly one of the more inappropriate additions that the House made to this bill," Johnson said.

The fur flies as House, Senate wrangle over ban on mink farming