Latest Agriculture regulation News

Senate set to vote on letting farmers control siting rules

Feb. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate was poised Wednesday to pass a Republican bill that would strip the state agriculture department of its authority to regulate factory farm siting and expansion and hand oversight to agricultural groups. Right now the agriculture department writes siting and...

Republican U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong talks with supporters after announcing his re-election bid on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Fargo, N.D. Armstrong is seeking his second term in Congress after spending much of his first 18 months defending President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings.  (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Staunch Trump ally Armstrong aims to tackle practical issues

Feb. 17, 2020 5:33 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A freshman congressman from North Dakota who spent much of his first term defending President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings said Monday he wants to return to Washington and begin working on practical issues. Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong, the first lawmaker to be...

Farmers push back against tracking data on groundwater wells

Feb. 16, 2020 10:39 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The agriculture industry is pushing back against efforts in the Arizona Legislature to track the amount of water being drawn from large groundwater wells in rural areas around the state. State water officials say getting the data would help Arizona better plan for future water use. But the...

House panels reject some Kemp cuts in current Georgia budget

Feb. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp, saying the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items. Three subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee made recommendations Thursday for amendments to...

Republicans introduce farm siting bill as session winds down

Feb. 13, 2020 5:21 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans are trying to speed a bill through the Legislature in the final days of the session that would transfer the power to regulate factory farm siting and expansion from state officials to a new board controlled by agricultural groups. The move comes after Democratic...

Nebraska property tax package advances out of committee

Feb. 12, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill designed to lower property taxes by boosting state aid for Nebraska's K-12 public schools advanced Wednesday out of a legislative committee but will still face opposition when lawmakers debate it. Members of the Revenue Committee voted 6-2 to send the proposal to the full...

In this, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo a worker sorts through tomatoes after they are washed before being inspected and packed, in Florida City, Fla. A Florida bill mandating that private companies verify each new hire's eligibility to work in the U.S. is worrying farmers in the agriculture-rich state. The growers complain they are struggling to find farm workers as the unemployment rate reaches record lows. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Farmers worry Florida bill will worsen labor scarcity woes

Feb. 11, 2020 7:28 PM EST

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — On a recent afternoon, many stools stood empty beside a conveyor belt where workers examined a stream of green tomatoes and tossed aside those with holes and cracks at a South Florida packing house. Paul J. DiMare, one of the country’s leading producers of fresh tomatoes,...

Republicans push $30 million a year in farm tax breaks

Feb. 11, 2020 5:13 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lawmakers are moving quickly on a pair of bills cutting taxes for Wisconsin farmers by nearly $30 million a year, after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for the Legislature to take emergency action to help the state's agriculture economy. The Republican-authored bills were introduced...

Regulatory fees could drop for Idaho elk hunting ranches

Feb. 11, 2020 1:47 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture will have authority to set regulatory fees paid by elk hunting ranches under legislation sent to the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee approved the bill backed by elk hunting ranches. Elk at fenced hunting...

President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

Feb. 10, 2020 5:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget back into balance. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan...