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Vilsack took part in a wide-ranging interview with Agri-Pulse from his home in Iowa, touching on subjects ranging from helping farmers through the COVID-19 pandemic to addressing the “cumulative effect of discrimination over a long period of time.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that one of his top priorities will be making sure Canada and Mexico live up to their promises under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a pact that is already showing cracks.

As many as 900,000 or more individuals or entities in every corner of the country, including Puerto Rico, qualified for CFAP payments that range from as little as a few dollars to $1 million or more.

USDA is reviewing whether and how to continue the Farmers to Families Food Box program, as the effort begins to wind down after serving a critical — but often criticized — role during the still continuing food crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brazil is the third largest wheat-importing country in the world. While it’s already a strong customer of the U.S., representatives of American farmers say there’s plenty of room for more business.

The arena of rural broadband interests – providers, companies, co-ops, and government agencies – all hit the ground running when COVID-19 invaded.

The Biden administration on Thursday announced it is suspending some tariffs on the United Kingdom as the U.S. seeks allies to counter growing threats from “non-market economies” like China.


The Senate Agriculture Committee has two new members - and a stronger Midwest flavor - just in time for writing a new #FarmBill  .

Senate CONFIRMS Bill Northey to be USDA undersecretary for farm and conservation programs, by voice vote. Todd @SenToddYoung  made motion

Agri-Pulse has learned that the payment rate for #soybean  #farmers  has been preliminarily proposed at $1.65 per bushel and 1 cent per bushel for #corn  farmers.

House votes 306-117 to pass GMO labeling measure. WH says President Obama will sign the bill. Majority of both Rs and Ds vote in favor.

Perdue: Anything you can do to help 4-H, FFA is “money well repaid many times over.” Will help address issue of aging farming population.

House passes farm bill, 213-211