David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.
Having been a driving force behind the Senate’s earlier introduction of immigration reform, on Wednesday afternoon (April 17) a broad coalition of agricultural interests convened to explain and back the legislation.
Immigration reform continues to build momentum in Congress. As migrant workers are a vital component of the U.S. food and fiber sector, agricultural interests are keen to bend the coming legislation to their best advantage.
An aging U.S. waterway infrastructure – which carries more than 60 percent of America’s grain and other commodity exports -- may be set to get a funding boost from Congress that will allow for more than a facelift.
In recent years, university agricultural research funding has too often been short. The new reality for researchers and administrators is a near-constant scramble to find ways to keep research programs afloat.
Amid continuing budget concerns and a need to not be caught flat-footed when Congress again takes up a new farm bill, the American Soybean Association has shifted positions on what the new legislation should contain.