agriculture

Analysis: For Trump, Wins and Losses During Abe Summit
‘The body language on trade was just really startling,’ expert says

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference at the former’s West Palm Beach, Fla., resort. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

White House aides set a low bar for their boss ahead of his two-day summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and President Donald Trump often cleared it with ease. But experts say there were a few stumbles too.

Trump aides made clear they had no “deliverables” in mind ahead of the Tuesday-Wednesday talks, which touched on everything from a new round of trade talks to dealing with North Korea to their respective golf games. That diplomat-speak refers to agreements or other things the White House wants meetings with world leaders to produce.

Schumer’s 4/20 Surprise
Senate minority leader announced plans for marijuana decriminalization legislation in TV interview

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer now supports decriminalizing marijuana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is the latest senior Democrat to call for decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

Schumer also said that he would support legalization in his home state of New York, in a well-timed interview with VICE News which aired Thursday night.

EPA Pesticide Approval Without Endangered Species Review in Farm Bill
Environmental groups describe provision as an ‘unprecedented attack’

A provision in the 2018 farm bill would allow the EPA to approve pesticides without reviews aimed at protecting endangered species. (David McNew/Getty Images file photo)

A provision in the 2018 farm bill would allow the EPA to approve pesticides without undertaking reviews now required to protect endangered species.

Environmental groups say the provision is an “unprecedented” attack that could have lasting ramifications for ecosystems across the nation.

Farm Bill Ties Food Stamps to Work, Adjusts Farm Aid
Democrats worry work mandate is designed to push people out of program

House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, at podium, introduces the farm bill at a news conference on Thursday. Flanking him, from left, Reps. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., James R. Comer, R-Ky., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Ralph Abraham, R-La., Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, and Rick W. Allen, R-Ga. (Ellyn Ferguson/CQ Roll Call)

The House Agriculture Committee released its 2018 farm bill Thursday with proposals to reshape the nation’s largest domestic food aid program, consolidate conservation efforts and tweak farm aid.

The bill arrives amid controversy over its focus on shifting funding within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, into work and training programs.

Trump Could Flip-Flop on TPP After All
But Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse cautions that president ‘likes to blue-sky a lot’ in meetings

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said he was Thursday was pleased with President Trump’s willingness to possibly rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership — but he also presented a caveat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In what would be another dramatic reversal, President Donald Trump told farm-state lawmakers Thursday he might sign the United States up for the Trans-Pacific Partnership after all.

Just by floating the idea, the Republican president drew the ire of conservatives on social media as he opened the door to joining a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim countries that he once dubbed “a continuing rape of our country.” 

Tariffs Could Complicate Key Senate Races
Some Democrats already criticizing GOP opponents over tariffs’ impact

A John Deere tractor sits in a field near Salem, Ind. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The potential for a trade war with China is already complicating some key Senate races ahead of the November midterms, especially for Republicans hoping to expand their majority.

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports sparked retaliatory threats from China. The country vowed to slap tariffs on top U.S. exports that also come from states with some of the most competitive Senate contests.

Trump’s Top Economist Talks Tariffs, Provides Zuckerberg Fashion Advice
U.S., Chinese officials having ‘conversations,’ says Kudlow

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for his meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in the Hart Senate Office Building on Monday. Zuckerberg is on Capitol Hill to testify before the House and Senate this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

White House chief economic adviser Lawrence Kudlow said Monday “conversations are going on” between U.S. and Chinese officials about how to resolve their ongoing trade tiff, but he declined to say proposed tariffs definitely will be implemented.

The former CNBC host also criticized Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg executive as he prepares to testify before lawmakers in a scandal that has dinged the company’s bottom line and raised congressional concerns about the social media giant’s role in providing data to political firms influencing the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sen. Thune Peeved at Trump Trade War, Eyes Hits To U.S. Agriculture
South Dakota senator joins chorus of GOP leaders upset with Trump over ‘lose-lose’ tariff battle

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have expressed frustration over President Donald Trump’s decision to enact tariffs, triggering retaliation from other countries against U.S. producers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Dakota Sen. John Thune is the latest member of GOP leadership to voice his frustrations with the Trump administration over its decision to place tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel, igniting a trade war with China.

Chinese officials released a $50 billion sheet of American goods for possible tariff increases, including agricultural products — most importantly, soybeans — vital to the U.S. economy.

Trump Notes Possible Damage to Farmers in Bid to Expand Tariffs
President provides no details on nature of any assistance

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has been directed by President Donald Trump to offset damages that farmers may face as the president appeared to double down on tariffs against Chinese imports Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump directed the Agriculture secretary to offset damages that farmers, a part of his rural political base, are likely to face as he appeared to double down Thursday night on tariffs against Chinese imports.

Trump’s directive to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue comes as the House Ways and Means Committee plans an April 12 hearing to examine the effects on the U.S. economy of tariffs Trump imposed in March on steel and aluminum imports and the potential effects of $50 billion in proposed tariffs on Chinese-made goods.

New Chinese Tariffs Prompt Farm-State Senator Rebuke of Trump on Trade
Ernst brought concerns directly to Trump on Wednesday

Iowa Sens. Joni Ernst and Charles E. Grassley were critical of President Donald Trump’s trade policy on Wednesday after the latest announcement of Chinese retaliation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

China’s announced plans for roughly $50 billion in new tariffs on U.S. goods has escalated the criticism from farm-state lawmakers of President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said she talked with Trump himself Wednesday about concerns about effects on Hawkeye State producers.