Senate Agricultural Committee

House Ag chairman Scott coasts to nomination

House Agriculture chairman David Scott easily won nomination for his 11th term in Congress from a suburban Atlanta district, defeating three challengers during Georgia's primary elections on Tuesday.

Increase U.S. food production in response to war in Ukraine, says key senator

The Biden administration should encourage larger domestic food production to blunt the disruptions in global supplies created by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, said the Republican leader of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Arkansas Sen. John Boozman said the land-idling Conservation Reserve, if needed, could provide millions of acres of cropland and pasture "to address both inflation and food security concerns."

Committee clears Biden nominee Moffitt for vote in Senate

Jennifer Moffitt, who would give farmers more leverage through USDA rules in dealing with meat processors, is one step away — a favorable vote in the Senate — from becoming agriculture undersecretary for marketing. Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee recommended her confirmation on a …

Perdue gets $20 billion blank check for ag aid in GOP coronavirus plan

Senate Republicans proposed $20 billion in additional aid to agriculture in their new coronavirus package on Monday, leaving it to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allot the money. At the same time, Republicans decided against an increase in food stamp benefits, a goal of House Democrats. The proposed increase in farm aid came as the USDA released figures showing that it has only spent a little more than 40 percent of the $16 billion that was earmarked for farmers and ranchers in the CARES act. (No paywall)

Wary Democrats slow path for USDA civil rights nominee

The Senate Agriculture Committee cleared three USDA nominees for a floor vote on Wednesday, but significant Democratic opposition could prevent a confirmation vote this year on Naomi Earp, President Trump’s pick to be the agency’s assistant secretary for civil rights.

New Mississippi senator to join two panels overseeing agriculture

The newest member of the Senate, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, will serve on two committees that her predecessor, Thad Cochran, chaired during his 40 years in the Senate.

Cramer decides to challenge Heitkamp for Senate after all

A month after taking a pass, North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer changed his mind and entered the Senate race against first-term Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, giving the GOP a well-known candidate in a potentially pivotal race for control of the Senate. Political handicappers rate the race as a toss-up because President Trump carried the state in a landslide in 2016 but Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is a tenacious and well-funded campaigner.

Democratic senators oppose Trump cuts in rural development

Some 29 Senate Democrats, including all of the party’s members on the Agriculture Committee, signed a letter to President Trump objecting to his proposals to scale back USDA rural economic development programs.

Perdue cleared for Senate vote in historically slow walk to USDA

It could be May before Sonny Perdue starts work at the Department of Agriculture, the latest start for an incoming secretary since USDA became a federal department in 1889. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved Perdue's nomination on a voice vote but it's not clear when the Senate will vote.

Senate Ag panel to vote today on Perdue nomination

The pace of action is picking up for President Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Chairman Pat Roberts says the Senate Agriculture Committee will vote Wednesday to favorably report the nomination to the full Senate for confirmation.

Bankers criticize ag lending rival Farm Credit System

The American Bankers Association told the Senate Agriculture Committee that the government-sponsored Farm Credit System, one of the three major sources of credit for farmers and ranchers, ought to narrow its scope. The FCS was created in 1916 as a borrower-owned co-operative farm lender but now …

Ag panels include some of richest lawmakers

Three of the wealthiest members of Congress, each with a net worth of more than $16 million, serve on the House and Senate Agriculture committees, while the lawmaker with the lowest net worth is on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the USDA and the FDA, according to Roll Call's calculations.

Colorado’s Bennet most vulnerable member of Senate Ag

Democrat Michael Bennet of Colorado is the most vulnerable of the six members of the Senate Agriculture Committee who are running for re-election in 2016. The political website Sabato's Crystal Ball says the race leans toward Bennet, who won a full term in 2010 with 48 percent of the vote in a seven-candidate race. Republican Ken Buck took 46.4 percent of the vote. The narrow margin is among the reasons a competitive race is possible this time.

Heitkamp opts to stay in Senate, won’t run for governor

First-term Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced that “she won’t pursue a second run for the office of North Dakota governor, ending months of speculation by opting to remain in the U.S. Senate,” reports the Bismarck (ND) Tribune. “Heitkamp was considered …

World Bank cuts funds for ag-research network

The World Bank has reduced by $20 million its annual funding for a global agricultural research network that it helped found 35 years ago, says the Hagstrom Report.

Strong support for school food as reauthorization nears

More than eight of every 10 Americans say school nutrition standards "should stay the same or be strengthened," said the WK Kellogg Foundation in releasing results of a new poll.

Turkey farm is first bird-flu site in Iowa to re-stock flock

Nearly three months after avian influenza was confirmed on Moline Farms near Manson, Iowa, the turkey farm is filling its barns with new birds.

Stabenow is for Clinton, is Mississippi for Cochran?

In an essay for CNN, Senate Agriculture chairwoman Debbie Stabenow endorsed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for president. She described Clinton as "extremely competent, extremely intelligent" and "someone who understands what middle-class families have been going through and how to give every family a fair shot to get ahead in life."