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While Congress recovered from the storming of the U.S. Capitol, policy options for the incoming Biden administration opened up when Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated GOP Sen. David Perdue in the second Georgia Senate runoff.

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Farmers, livestock producers and other small business owners could start applying for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as of Jan. 11.

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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.

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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.

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The EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy potentially sets up a long-term battle between the U.S. and Europe over farm practices, biotechnology, chemical use and sustainability measures that will spill over into trade.

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For 40 years, AFBF has asked presidential candidates for responses to questions on major issues affecting farmers, ranchers and rural communities. The group on Sept. 9 released the unedited responses from the Biden and Trump campaigns.

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The two leaders of the House Agriculture Committee recently wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue calling on USDA to examine the structure of the cattle industry, price discovery and issues related to price reporting, as well as the level of concentration within the industry.