Agri-Pulse Signs Governors’ Food & Farm Agreement

Kelly Marshall Agri-Pulse, Government

Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of food and farm policy content, has announced an agreement to provide a unique service for The Governors’ Food and Farm Partnership. The organization will be creating a quick-read news format to be sent governors and their staff to keep them current on the fast-moving world of agriculture issues. “We are very pleased that The …

Agri-Pulse, Government

The Paris Accord and Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Precision, Climate Change, Environment, Government, NFU, USDA

Unlike everyone else, agriculture interests had very little to say about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “The Earth’s …

AgWired Precision, Climate Change, Environment, Government, NFU, USDA

Ag Groups React to Trump’s Budget Proposal

Kelly Marshall Ag Group, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government

Despite Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s positive perspective, farm groups are reacting to Trump’s proposed 2018 budget in the opposite way. With more than $4 billion to be taken from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget, the Trump’s plan isn’t going over well with a whole host of ag organizations. Several organizations point out the significance of such a cut …

Ag Group, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government

Secretary Perdue Testifies at First Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired AgNewsWire, AgWired Animal, Audio, Government, USDA

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue testified at his first hearing as the new head of USDA. The House Agriculture Committee welcomed Perdue to Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify on the “State of the Rural Economy.” Perdue acknowledged that the current state of the rural economy is challenging. “Our farm economy is down about a 50 percent drop in net income …

AgWired AgNewsWire, AgWired Animal, Audio, Government, USDA

Branstad Wants “Fair and Open” Chinese Market

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Government, Poultry, Trade

The longest serving governor in the country will be drawing on his agricultural trade experience and 30 year friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was asked by Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) what he will do to get more …

Audio, Government, Poultry, Trade

Secretary of Ag Answers Questions on NAFTA & More

Kelly Marshall Audio, Government, USDA, Video

Yesterday newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent his third day on the job visiting the USDA office in Kansas City, Missouri. He also addressed members of the press, answering questions on topics from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to wildfires. “I was a grain trader, and President Trump is a trader,” Perdue said when asked about …

Audio, Government, USDA, Video

Trump Puts Agriculture in the Spotlight

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, Audio, Government, USDA

President Trump welcomed new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on his first day in office for a White House “Farmers Roundtable” and the signing of an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. During the signing, President Trump commented on the current trade dispute with Canada over dairy product pricing. “(w)here the dairy farmers up …

AFBF, Audio, Government, USDA

Ag Unites – Now Time for Business

Jamie Johansen Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Government, NFU, USDA

As Monday came to a close, news in ag circles was still streaming in. We now have a leader at the USDA and agricultural organizations have welcomed the news of the confirmation of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III as the next Secretary of Agriculture. But this appointment comes with a long list of to-dos. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy …

Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Government, NFU, USDA

It’s a Sonny Day for America

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Government, USDA

The U.S. Senate has formally confirmed the nomination of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III to serve as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture. The final vote was 87 to 11. Agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Perdue worked on the family farm in central Georgia andn will be only the fourth agriculture secretary who can claim to have been …

Audio, Government, USDA

Wisconsin Dairies Hit Hard By Canadian Trade Actions

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Dairy, Exports, Government, Trade

Over 70 Wisconsin dairy operations are already feeling the blow from a protectionist Canadian trade policy that has slammed the door on American dairy exports, violated existing trade commitments, and left farmers across the state scrambling to find milk buyers. Grassland Dairy Products Inc. informed over 70 operations this week that their contracts with the company will end May 1st, …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Dairy, Exports, Government, Trade