Government Shutdown Avoided

Hours before their midnight deadline on September 30, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 3. The Senate passed the measure on a vote of 65 to 35. The House passed it on a vote of 254 to 175. President Joe Biden has also signed the stopgap funding bill.

Pandemic Assistance for Producers Plan Unveiled

After reviewing existing COVID-19 relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take a new approach for distributing additional assistance to farmers and ranchers. This new initiative is called the Pandemic Assistance for Producers.   It includes: 1.) $6 million to expand assistance to more producers, with an emphasis on small farmers and ranches, dairy, […]

Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Bills

House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees are working on fiscal year 2021 funding bills. Highlights from the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill include:  $3.3 billion for agricultural research programs, with $1.51 billion for the Agricultural Research Service and $1.54 billion for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $1.06 billion for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection […]