House Ag Chairman Addresses #2016SPGC

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Farm Bill, Government, Peanuts

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) told farmers at the 2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference this past weekend in Miramar Beach, Florida that preparations will start next year for the 2018 Farm Bill. “My goal is, as is the goal of every ag chairman, is to get it done before the current one expires, not have to have short term extensions and …

Audio, Farm Bill, Government, Peanuts

Farm Bill Survey Helps Shape NFU Policy

Kelly Marshall Ag Group, Farm Bill, NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering growers a chance to have their opinions heard regarding the next Farm Bill by offering a survey for farm and ranch families across the U.S.  The survey is in addition to multiple member listening sessions being held that also offer a chance for feedback. “As a farmer-led organization, we work closely with our …

Ag Group, Farm Bill, NFU

AFBF Outlines the Struggle for Crop Insurance

Kelly Marshall AFBF, Agribusiness, Farm Bill, Insurance

The American Farm Bureau Federation had the opportunity to address the 2016 Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting with Congressional Relations and Senior Director, Mary Kay Thatcher. We’ll have to be on our toes this year, she said to Chuck Zimmermann about funding for crop insurance and other ag programs.  There has been talk about going back to regular order, …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Farm Bill, Insurance

Coalition Urges Congress to Maintain Farm Safety Net

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, Farm Bill, Government, Insurance, NFU

Nearly 50 organizations representing agricultural interests sent a letter last week to Congressional leaders urging them not cut crop insurance or other farm programs through the omnibus appropriations act. “The crop insurance program is the lynchpin of the farm safety net and is crucial to the economic security of rural America,” reads the coalition’s letter to Congress. “The crop insurance …

AFBF, Farm Bill, Government, Insurance, NFU

Ag Lawmakers Oppose Crop Insurance Cuts

John Davis Farm Bill, Government, Insurance, politics

While many are praising a budget deal that averts a government shutdown and the prospect of one until after next year’s elections, the deal isn’t being welcomed by many agricultural state lawmakers. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced he will vote against the budget deal negotiated behind closed doors because of its raid on crop insurance funding. “I …

Farm Bill, Government, Insurance, politics

The Passing of the 2014 Farm Bill

Chuck Zimmerman Farm Bill, Video

Here’s an interesting mini documentary of the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014. It features the work of Rep. Frank Lucas, Agricultural Committee Chairman. Every few years a farm bill must be passed to ensure the state of American agriculture. Farmers like Danny Davis of Oklahoma rely on the provisions granted in the legislation to maintain their farms, and …

Farm Bill, Video

Coalition Tells Congress to Reject Farm Bill Cuts

John Davis Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farm Bill, NFU, politics

A coalition of nearly 400 organizations, including the National Farmers Union (NFU), is calling for Congress to reject efforts to make additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The NFU and the coalition of groups, representing family farmers and ranchers, agribusiness, food banks, environmental and faith-based organizations, sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders asking them to stop …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farm Bill, NFU, politics

Ag Media Perspective from CIRB

Jamie Johansen Ag Group, Audio, CIRB, Farm Bill, Insurance

As leaders in crop insurance flocked to the annual meeting of the Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau, so did members of the agriculture media. Chuck thought it would be interesting to gather their perspective on some of the important issues discussed to help chart the course for the future. Sara Wyant, AgriPulse, shared her takeaways and a few things that …

Ag Group, Audio, CIRB, Farm Bill, Insurance

USDA Seeks to Move New Products Into BioPreferred Program

John Davis biobased, Farm Bill, Forestry, USDA

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to move some new products into a preferred procurement initiative for federal agencies. USDA is using the 2014 Farm Bill to justify making available some new, biobased forest products in the BioPreferred® program, along with some other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced in innovative ways. “Today, …

biobased, Farm Bill, Forestry, USDA