After Iowa Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was stripped of his committee assignments earlier this week, Iowa agriculture groups lamented in a Des Moines Register article that Iowa had maintained a member of the House Agriculture Committee going back 120 years.
On Oct. 29, 2015, the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015 (PTCEI Act) was signed into law and extended the original statutory deadline for full implementation of PTC systems from Dec. 31, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2018.
The CEOs of three Farm Credit banks and the Farm Credit Council called on lawmakers and the president to reopen the federal government so farmers can get farm loans lined up before planting season begins.
When a farmland owner dies without a will, the real estate often lacks a clear title, making it harder to apply for a USDA farm number, loans and safety net benefits. A provision of the recently passed farm bill simplifies that process, and experts say it could encourage more states to adopt property laws that help keep farms intact.