The USDA has temporarily paused approvals of any Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) applications. The move was made because the program had come close to reaching an acreage cap imposed by the 2014 farm bill, according to an agency official.
Michigan Farm Bureau lobbying D.C. on organic livestock rules
Organic animal welfare rules that were to take effect after the end of the Obama administration were delayed until May 19 under President Trump’s executive order for a regulatory freeze. Now they’ve been pushed to November.
The Indiana Corn Growers Assoc. and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, which represent the state’s corn and soybean farmers, expressed their support May 11 for the creation of a USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement as part of a broader reorganization of the department during a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio. ISA directors Jim Douglas and Phil Ramsey, both of Shelby County, Ind., and Kendell Culp of Jasper County, Ind., attended the announcement.