The farm bill is on the verge of expiring. Congress is months away from a new version.
By: Allison Winter - 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 […]
USDA’s climate grants for farms and forests run into Republican buzzsaw
By: Allison Winter - August 14, 2023
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is spending more than $3 billion to cultivate more American farmers and forest landowners as partners to mitigate climate change — even while some Republicans on Capitol Hill try to stop the program entirely. The administration launched a new farm program, Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities, this year. It is […]
Summer wildfire threat could imperil unexpected U.S. regions: the Northeast and Midwest
By: Allison Winter - June 29, 2023
A June 22 update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a map blotted in drought warnings from Virginia to Vermont and over much of the Midwest.
Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress
By: Allison Winter - November 6, 2022
WASHINGTON — Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in next week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals—but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive legislation in 2023 […]
Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate on Capitol Hill
By: Allison Winter - September 22, 2022
Republicans cast climate priorities as deference to ‘new world religion.’
Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?
By: Allison Winter - August 14, 2022
U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-15th District, could help lead the debate in the House next year if the GOP prevails in the midterms.
As aging farmers retire, lawmakers explore how to boost beginning producers
By: Allison Winter - July 18, 2022
WASHINGTON — More than half of American farmers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, but the steep price of entry to start a farm, along with rising input costs and volatile markets, make it tough for young and beginning farmers to take their places. “Farming is inherently a risky business, but in […]
Lower insulin co-pays, list prices targeted in new bipartisan U.S. Senate bill
By: Allison Winter - July 1, 2022
'Too many Americans are forced to ration their insulin, forced to decide what else to pay for, which puts their health and lives in danger. It is time for this to change,' U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said.
Federal lawmakers aim to crack down on ‘dark patterns’ that trick users online
By: Allison Winter - June 29, 2022
The legislation would place limits on how internet firms with over 100M monthly users could ask for information
U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs
By: Allison Winter - June 10, 2022
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15th District, said he wants to pay special consideration to the margins for farmers as members work on the next farm bill.
Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action
By: Allison Winter - March 31, 2022
The high court's conservative majority could reshape the college admissions process.
Offshore wind industry leaders ask Congress to back long-term plans to increase production
By: Allison Winter - October 22, 2021
“The U.S. offshore wind industry is a game changer for renewable energy and our efforts to combat climate change,” U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District, said.