President Trump unveiled his 2020 fiscal year budget on March 11, which proposes a 15 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including $25.6 billion and $8.9 billion reductions to crop insurance and conservation programs, respectively. These proposed changes to mandatory programs would require opening the just passed 2018 Farm Bill, which Congress is unlikely to do. A summary of the proposed budget for USDA can be found here.
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans development process is underway and the first public meeting was March 28. A public comment period also opened in March, which will remain open until the guidelines have been finalized.
The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) continues to work to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit. The $1 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel expired at the end of 2017 and hasn’t been picked up by either chamber since 2019 began. There are some bright spots and things to look out for as advocacy to restore the tax credits continues. Tom Hance of Gordley Associates has details in the USCA blog.