USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a detailed accounting of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions.  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels …


Senate Ag Leaders Question USDA Reorganization

Dan Industry News Release

Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are expressing concerns over the Department of Agriculture’s reorganization plans. Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow wrote Secretary Sonny Perdue recently, noting that stakeholders have expressed concerns over the USDA plan to place economics functions under the Office of the Secretary and to move most of the employees of the Economic Research Service and …


USDA Partners with Communities to Support Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Opportunities in Rural America

Dan Industry News Release

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with rural communities in 22 states to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery (PDF, 162 KB). “With its impact on workforce, quality of life and the economic vitality of rural communities from Maine to California, the opioid epidemic is more …


USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs. “At USDA, we know that for many rural communities the regulations that govern our programs can be outdated and difficult to …


USDA Provides Help for Rural People Recovering From Opioid Misuse

Dan Industry News Release

Anne Hazlett, the USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, announced that the agency has formalized an agreement to aid rural Americans in fighting the opioid epidemic. A nonprofit organization will purchase homes from the Department and convert them to transitional housing for people recovering from opioid misuse. “From the quality of life to workforce and economic opportunity, the …


USDA Trade Mitigation Plan Includes More Commodity Purchases

Dan Exports/Imports, Trade

Most of the money allocated to the new USDA program to help farmers hurt by tariffs will go towards direct payments. But according to a story from Gary Crawford, there is a considerable amount of money that will be used for purchases of food products for feeding programs. USDA Trade Mitigation Plan Includes More Commodity Purchases-1 Greg Ibach, Undersecretary of …


Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Confirmed in Florida

Dan Cattle, Florida, Industry News Release

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced that it is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in a six-year-old, mixed-breed beef cow in Florida. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, …


USDA Payments Expected After Labor Day

Dan Corn, Economy, Industry News Release, Soybeans

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects to send payments to farmers after the Labor Day holiday as part of a trade relief package. The $12 billion package is intended for farmers who have been affected by foreign tariffs on U.S. farm products, all in retaliation to President Trump’s trade agenda. A USDA spokesperson confirmed to the Hagstrom Report the department …