agriculture-issues

Shapiro unveils 10-year economic development strategy for Pennsylvania

BY: - January 30, 2024

The 10-year plan aims to make Pennsylvania more competitive with neighboring states and develop economic opportunities across the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania House lawmakers propose safeguards against foreign threats to farmland, infrastructure

BY: - January 25, 2024

The memo cites the November cyber attack on a water treatment plant in Aliquippa, Beaver County and the purchase by a Chinese-linked security firm of 370 acres of farmland near a military base in North Dakota. 

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Feds pledge $2.3 billion to boost ag exports amid farm bill uncertainty

BY: - October 25, 2023

The new federal funding — $1.3 billion for the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program and $1 billion to combat global hunger — will be paid out of the Commodity Credit Corporation, which the Biden administration has used for myriad new agriculture initiatives, including those that promote “climate smart” practices.

The farm bill is on the verge of expiring. Congress is months away from a new version.

BY: - September 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — As the deadline for Congress to pass a new farm bill looms this weekend, staff members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees say it will be months – if not longer – until they reach agreement on a new bill. Lawmakers must rewrite the sweeping farm bill every five years to set […]

Congress brought back earmarks. Now they’re one more point of drama in a divided House.

BY: - August 10, 2023

WASHINGTON — The new Republican chairwoman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee said just before taking over the panel that she planned to “tweak” how the chamber earmarks spending for community projects — coveted state and local funding that members of Congress request. Some of those changes hinted at by Kay Granger of Texas have […]

U.S. Senate votes to curb farmland purchases by China, Iran, North Korea, Russia

BY: - July 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators approved bipartisan amendments to the annual defense policy bill Tuesday night that would prohibit China, Iran, North Korea and Russia from purchasing U.S. farmland and screen American investment in high-tech ventures on foreign adversary soil. By a 91-7 vote, the lawmakers approved a measure that would require review of — and direct the president to […]

An aerial view from a drone shows John Duffy planting corn on a farm he farms with his father on April 23, 2020 near Dwight, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate panel explores climate change’s effects on farming, federal spending

BY: - June 7, 2023

'I think progress is always made better with carrots instead of sticks,' Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson said.

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‘Agriculture is central to our growth’: Pa. Gov. Shapiro attends opening of Carbon Co. farm’s greenhouse

BY: - May 31, 2023

Little Leaf Farms isn’t done growing either — Sellew said the company aims to build the world’s largest producing area for baby leaf greens with the continued support of Carbon County and the Commonwealth. 

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Four minors were employed by Packers Sanitation Services at the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, Colorado, according to a Department of Labor investigation. The site was one of 13 plants in eight states where the food sanitation company illegally employed children. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

These four challenges will shape the next farm bill – and how the U.S. eats | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2023

The House Agriculture Committee is chaired by U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-15th District, giving him a big say on policy.

Rural lenders, crop insurance agents push for bolstered safety net at farm bill hearing

BY: - May 5, 2023

'I would submit that it's the only viable risk management tool that our farmers have today,' William Cole, an industry advocate, said.

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During U.S. Senate hearing, agriculture leaders urge a stronger farm safety net

BY: - May 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — Farm and commodity trade association leaders lobbied for updating commodity programs and strengthening crop insurance programs at a Tuesday hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. The industry officials said federal crop insurance and the Department of Agriculture’s Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs are not serving as a “true […]

USDA sec battles with Pa.’s Thompson, Republicans over costs of federal nutrition programs

BY: - March 29, 2023

The spending 'upended congressional consensus,' House Ag Committee Chairperson Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-15th District, said.