WOTUS Strikes Back

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Farmers and ranchers will need the force to be with them as the EPA has struck back with an even more extreme version of the Waters of the U.S. Rule.  Known as the Chesapeake Blueprint, the new rules will severely regulate and burden farms, possibly removing thousands of acres from production agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Federation is once again …

Ag Group, EPA, Government, Water

Crop Insurance Takes Hit in Budget Proposal

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The Obama administration’s 2017 budget proposal includes reforms to the crop insurance program that would end up costing farmers more. Two specific changes are proposed – one would reduce subsidies for revenue insurance policies that insure the price at the time of harvest and the second would reform prevented planting coverage, including removing optional buy-up coverage. According to USDA, the …

Government, Insurance, USDA

Florida Rep. Gwen Graham with Ag Retailers

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One of the members of Congress who met with leaders of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) last week in Washington DC was Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL), the daughter of former Florida governor and senator Bob Graham. She is pictured here (left) with Mary Hartney, president of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association. Rep. Graham recently completed her first North Florida …

ARA, Audio, Government

Vilsack Discusses 2017 Budget for USDA

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a national media Tuesday call to discuss the Obama administration’s 2017 budget request for USDA programs. “Over the past seven years, USDA has made strides in improving the health of our nation’s children, enrolled a record number of privately-owned acres in conservation programs, bolstered the economies and infrastructure of small rural towns, and more,” said …

Audio, Government, USDA

GROWMARK with Ag Retailers in DC

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Joining the Agricultural Retailers Association last week in Washington DC was GROWMARK Executive Director for Corporate and Government Relations Chuck Spencer, who joined in legislative visits to discuss key issues for the cooperative and the industry. Spencer says top legislative priorities for GROWMARK include the labeling issue for genetically modified products. “We need to have a federal standard on genetically …

ARA, Audio, GMO, Government, GROWMARK

Wheat Awards

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Members of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) were in Washington DC last week for their annual winter conference and during that time presented awards to friends in Congress. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) was presented with the 2015 Wheat Leader of the Year by the NAWG board of directors, including Washington farmer and NAWG president Brett Blankenship. “Senator Cantwell …

Government, NAWG, Wheat

Vilsack Puts Cottonseed Decision in Hands of Congress

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reportedly informed Congress that he has no legal authority to approve a request from cotton growers that cottonseed be designated as an oilseed to qualify for farm programs. The secretary told reporters about the decision Wednesday at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture meeting in Washington DC. In response to press reports, House …

AFBF, Cotton, Government

Senate Ag Congratulates Farm Credit on 100 Years

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Farm Credit gets to celebrate its 100th anniversary with some well wishes from the Senate Agriculture Committee. This news release from the committee says Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced S.Res. 349, a resolution acknowledging the Farm Credit System’s anniversary and continued service to meet the credit and financial needs of rural communities. On July …

Farm Credit, Government

Scott Walker Addresses #DairyStrong

Lizzy Schultz

The second annual Dairy Strong conference, held earlier this month in Madison, Wisconsin, began its first full day with an opening address from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Though the Dairy Strong conference is internationally attended and focuses on global collaboration, there is no denying that Wisconsin is one of the dairy industry’s shining stars. Walker’s speech highlighted the value of …

Animal Agriculture, Audio, Dairy, Education, Government

Bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes Senate

John Davis

There’s not a lot that Republicans and Democrats can agree upon, especially in this election year, but a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes vital child nutrition programs brought them together. Senate Agriculture Committee officials say the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016,” reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Food, Government, politics