Farm Groups Stress Importance of Trade in Asia-Pacific

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The American Soybean Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Seed Trade Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Milk Producers Association, US Poultry & Egg Export Council and more than 80 other agriculture groups sent a letter to President Trump asking him to reduce and eliminate tarifs and other restrictions on trade in the Asia-Pacific region. “We hope your Administration will …

Ag Group, Government, Trade

Public Lands Laws Seeing New Opportunities

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They’ve hit the ground running, says Ethan Lane, Executive Director Public Lands Council & NCBA Federal Lands. The 115th Congress is underway and the new administration isn’t resting on its laurels, so now is the time to dig in and get the work done. The first priority is to roll back burdensome regulations facing cattle producers, especially with regard to …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Government, NCBA Convention

Not Politics as Usual from #CattleCon17

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It’s a busy time to be involved in government affairs, as Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will tell you. Trump hit the ground running, which means NCBA is moving at a quick pace too, Woodall told Jamie Johansen at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. The executive action to pull the United States out …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Government, NCBA, Trade

Wheat and Sorghum Producers Honor Sen. Roberts

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The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee was honored by both wheat and sorghum producers this week in Washington. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was presented with the National Sorghum Producers 2017 “Friend of Sorghum” Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Sorghum producers. “Senator Roberts is a formidable champion for U.S. farmers,” said Don Bloss, NSP …

Government, sorghum, Wheat

SCOTUS, WOTUS & Other Issues at #CattleCon17

Kelly Marshall

Scott Yager is the environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to talk with him at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. There are many opportunities with the new administration, Yager told Jamie. This is a time for the NCBA to find out what it’s members are looking for because …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Government, NCBA Convention

No Date for Ag Secretary Confirmation Yet

Cindy Zimmerman

Confirmation hearings for Trump administration cabinet members have been moving slowly, so it may be toward the end of February before Sonny Perdue is confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, but he has been meeting with lawmakers in the meantime. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) “had a good conversation” with the former governor of Georgia on Tuesday where they discussed “regional differences …

Government

Senate Ag Committee Announces Farm Bill Hearing

Kelly Marshall

Pat Roberts, (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, have announced the first hearing the next Farm Bill reauthorization. The hearing will take place on February 23, 2017 at the McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. “It’s time to get to work on another Farm Bill, and we’re …

Government

Letter to Trump Highlights NAFTA Successes

Kelly Marshall

The recent words of Donald Trump concerning the U.S.’s withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) prompted more than 130 food and agriculture industry organizations to send a letter to the President.  Members of the food and agriculture community wanted to highlight the importance of the trade agreement and to urge him to continue to build upon that success. …

Ag Group, Government, Trade

#NBB17 Spotlight on Washington Session

Cindy Zimmerman

The room was packed for the annual Spotlight on Washington session at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference last week, which was more popular than ever this year with the advent of a new presidential administration. Reprising their roles for the session were former Sen. Byron Dorgan and former Cong. Kenny Hulshof, and they were joined by other DC insiders Jim …

Audio, Biodiesel, Government, National Biodiesel Conference, politics

Ag Reacts to Trump Withdrawal from TPP

Cindy Zimmerman

The detailed description touting the benefits of the Trans Pacific Partnership is now gone from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) website as President Trump signed an executive order today withdrawing from the trade deal. “With this decision, it is critical that the new administration begin work immediately to do all it can to develop new markets for U.S. agricultural goods …

AFBF, Government, NCBA, Trade