Sonny Perdue’s nomination was never in doubt, but it was not unanimous.  |  USDA photo

New U.S. ag secretary ready to get to work

Sonny Perdue confirmed as the final appointment to Trump’s cabinet and faced with cuts and a pending farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sonny Perdue smiled April 24 as he sat in the Senate gallery with his family watching the vote that finally confirmed him as the new U.S. secretary of agriculture. The next morning he greeted the staff at U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters with a warm and rousing introductory speech, showing the folksy […] Read more

A supply glut is devastating incomes for American dairy farms, such as Fair Oaks Farms of Fair Oaks, Indiana, which was photographed in 2013.  |   REUTERS/Jim Young photo

Canada seen as symptom of U.S. dairy crisis

Winnipeg reporter Ed White attended the North American Agricultural Journalists meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, and used his time there to check on the pulse of American agriculture. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canadian farmers might have felt blindsided when U.S. President Donald Trump suddenly accused Canada’s dairy farming system of “taking advantage” of U.S. dairy […] Read more

U.S. ag committee chair handles many files, even Russian spies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s not often that espionage, international intrigue and suggestions of treason intrude in agriculture policy discussions, but Michael Conaway has one leg in each sphere. And he says the espionage won’t disrupt or delay all-important farmer concerns. “My new responsibilities with respect to the Russia investigation will not slow us down on […] Read more