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Ernst questions USDA’s telework policies, Vilsack defends workers

A U.S. Senator is asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to review USDA’s telework policies. Iowa’s Joni Ernst tells Brownfield an increase in accountability is needed to help ensure USDA employees are serving farmers and ranchers. “This is not Joni Ernst’s opinion,” Ernst said. “This... Read More.

Ernst: Farm bill passage in 2024 is doubtful

One lawmaker says she’s not optimistic the farm bill will get finished in 2024. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst tells Brownfield she’s disappointed with Senate Ag Committee leadership. “My finger will point directly at Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow,” Ernst said Tuesday morning. “She really is dragging her... Read More.

Ernst calls farm bill gridlock frustrating

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst says she’s frustrated with the lack of movement on the farm bill. The Iowa Republican tells Brownfield the current gridlock centers around funding. “The bill that we’re looking at in the Senate is at a cost of one-and-a-half trillion dollars,... Read More.

Ernst blasts Prop 12, says the law will harm agriculture

A U.S. Senator from Iowa says she’s continuing to push back against California’s Proposition 12 law. Republican Joni Ernst says tells Brownfield Prop 12 will be harmful to food production and the ag economy. “We aren’t going to be able to sell across the United... Read More.