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Congress reached a deal Sunday, Dec. 20 to pass a roughly $900 billion spending bill that includes about $5 billion for crop producers and $3 billion for livestock and poultry producers.
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 21 approved a line of genetically altered domestic pigs for food use and for human therapeutics to eliminate alpha-gal sugar, which can cause people to have an allergic reaction to red meats.
Agricultural groups talking trade policy repeated similar themes for the incoming Biden administration to pursue such as continuing trade talks with China and eliminating its trade tariffs, as well as rejoining a Pacific trade deal and modernizing transportation infrastructure.
As the Small Business Administration was pumping out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid over the summer, the owners of some suburban homes around Cleveland, OH, registered as many as 72 “farm” companies to receive as much as $7.2 million in emergency grants and loans.
Looking to respond to the growing economic crisis facing the country from the COVID-19 pandemic, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress Dec. 1 announced a proposed coronavirus aid package costing $908 billion overall, including $26 billion for nutrition and agriculture.