NEWS
Ag Policy Blog
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:01 PM CST

With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's happy at least that people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement.

In a phone interview Thursday, Vilsack said USDA won't pursue efforts to create another checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law. A policy rider in the federal appropriations bill passed over the weekend prevents USDA from continuing to write a rule for the plan during this fiscal year.

An appropriations bill doesn't carry the weight of law as an authorizing act, but the policy ...

Quick View
  • Xtend Moves Forward USDA has issued its final environmental impact statement recommending full deregulation of Monsan...
  • Land Market What could the next year hold for land values?
  • No Agreement on Tax Extenders White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday said in his daily briefing that the White House woul...
  • Year-End Tax Panic Do-it-yourselfers beware: Last-minute tax rules could complicate your 2014 returns. Small employe...
  • Dow's Gutsy Decision Dow's decision to launch Enlist offers some hand-selected growers a chance to test drive new tech...
  • Congress Reaches Funding Deal The overall Agriculture Department and related agencies bill would cost $20.5 billion for fiscal ...
  • Need To Bee Accurate A news story had the wires buzzing Tuesday afternoon after a report that EPA was set to restrict ...
  • Kub's Den The Dakotas lost more than $130 million in grain revenue during the 2013-14 marketing year compar...
  • Ask the Vet What can I do to improve udder quality in my herd?
Related News Stories
Elections Won't Soften TPP Issues
Ag a Winner in Cuba Diplomacy
Washington Insider-- Thursday
Water-Quality Trading Touted
Washington Insider
Senate Passes Tax Extenders
Washington Insider-- Wednesday
Washington Insider
EPA Still Plans Final WOTUS
Keystone to Top 2015 Senate Agenda