Data from a new survey released by the Census Bureau shows why Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign could have concluded, erroneously in hindsight, that she could win without appealing to voters in rural areas and small towns.

President-elect Trump got about two-thirds of the votes in rural counties and counties with cities under 50,000.

The Senate closed out the 114th Congress, passing a water projects bill, the last of a series of legislative achievements that will have far-reaching implications for agriculture.

Topping the list was the GMO disclosure legislation approved last summer, but Congress also enacted permanent tax benefits for farmers and authorized major ag and food aid programs for the first time.

Big whiffs include the failure of Congress to act on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade agreement that President Obama finalized in 2015 but could never get Congress to consider.