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First Census of Ag to Collect Information on Hemp, Precision Ag
First Census of Ag to Collect Information on Hemp, Precision Ag
For the first time, the USDA will collect data on farmers growing hemp and using precision technology in the 2022 Census of Agriculture.  The agency began regulating hemp production in 2021, and this will be the first census to publish data on those producers, who grow the crop for fabric, food products, and CBD.  ...
Tester Takes Issue With Potential SEC Rule
Tester Takes Issue With Potential SEC Rule
Montana Senator Jon Tester pushed the leader of the Securities and Exchange Commission to avoid taking action on its proposed Climate Rule that could potentially hurt American farmers.  Tester said he’s concerned that action would lead to burdensome reporting requirements for family farmers and ranchers who are part of the supply chain for a publicly-traded company as part of the agency’s proposed
Torres Small Addresses Rural Broadband Complaints
Torres Small Addresses Rural Broadband Complaints
USDA’s Rural Development undersecretary faced numerous complaints from rural U.S. Senators about complicated grant applications, office staffing, and broadband grant duplication at a recent Farm Bill hearing.  Xochitl Torres Small defended her agency’s handling of its many functions, calling most criticisms the result of having to balance costs and fairness.  But she did agree t...

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