Draft rule anticipated sometime this summer, followed by 60-day public comment period.
Department of Labor makes tweaks to H-2A but still fails to offer year-round access needed for ag industry.
USDA defends public release of information on climate variability for farmers.
Increases seen in ag research and farm bill implementation funds, while riders limit ERS/NIFA move and hog slaughter rule changes.
Agricultural & Applied Economics Assn. review finds proposed move will cost taxpayers $83-182 million.
During Senate Finance hearing, USTR ambassador highlights urgency of USMCA approval.
Democrats opposed to move, while House Republicans call for attention to more important issues.
Corn and pork producers could get hit most if Mexico trade war ratchets up.