Ag Not Included in New Stimulus Package

The new $2 trillion coronavirus package does not include any significant assistance for agriculture. There is one provision to provide assistance to minority farms, focused primarily on Black, Hispanic and Native American colleges and universities.

Biden and Harris Confirmed by Congress

At of 2:42 AM Eastern Time on January 7, Congress affirmed the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. After two Democrats won in the Georgia Senate runoff, Biden will come into office with his party in control of both the House and Senate. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will take over as the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Stabenow previously served in that capacity from 2011-to-2015.

President Trump Comments on COVID Assistance Bill

President Donald Trump is describing the new COVID assistance bill as a ‘disgrace.’ In a video prepared and released by the White House, Trump asked Congress to pass a new bill that would increase the personal stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. Trump also says there is too much wasteful spending in the $2.3 trillion package.
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interest while sending the bear minimum to the American people. It wasn’t their fault. It was China’s fault.” Trump did not say he would veto the legislation, but he wants a new bill from Congress. This bill passed by Congress on Monday includes $13 billion in relief for agriculture.