Senate Approves Ag Appropriations Bill

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The Senate earlier this week approved a number of appropriation bills, including the 2019 Agriculture appropriations bill, before heading off to a two-week long recess. The Senate voted 92-6 to pass a bill that funds the Agriculture Department and related agencies, and other federal agencies such as Transportation, Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Senate leadership is hopeful to pass …


Former Ag Secretary to Run for Senate Seat

Dan Industry News Release

Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy intends to run for the Senate seat currently held by the soon retiring Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi. 80-year-old Cochran will retire April first, saying in a statement that his health has “become an ongoing challenge.” Espy, a Democrat who was the first Agriculture Secretary in the Clinton administration, intends to run for the Senate …


Chlorpyrifos Ban Introduced in U.S. Senate

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Legislative

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall Tuesday introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural insecticide. Udall explained that The American Academy of Pediatrics says chlorpyrifos use “puts all children at risk,” adding that “we need to listen to the experts” and ban the pesticide.” The Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency …


Senate Bill Would Protect Farmworkers

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

U/S.A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would give farmworkers a path to legal status and citizenship. California Senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, introduced the legislation last week that would shield farmworkers who are in the country illegally from deportation and create a path to citizenship, according to the L.A. Times. Feinstein says “farm labor is …