Well, it expired. Barring an 11th hour breakthrough, Congress let the farm bill expire on Sept. 30. While there were significant discussions in September, none led to any significant movement in partisan gridlock over work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Successful Farming lays out what went wrong in the negotiation process and what comes next for producers.
USCA Executive Director John Gordley lays out what the expiration of the farm bill means specifically for canola.
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue over concerns about the tariffs hurting American farmers as a result of the U.S. trade war with China. While Perdue created the Market Facilitation Program, which gives farmers subsidies to offset tariffs, canola is not included. Heitkamp urged that canola be listed as an eligible commodity in the aid package. “Canola growers in the United States have lost $32.70/acre on the 2 million acres of canola planted in 2018,” she wrote. “Clearly canola growers have experienced losses as a result of the current trade war.”
On Oct. 1, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” stated U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. “It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”