Coalition Tells Congress to Reject Farm Bill Cuts

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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

More Reaction to Proposed Dietary Guidelines

John Davis Leave a Comment

More comments are coming forward about the recently released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Farm Bureau and some key politicians are not pleased about what they see as the committee’s overreach in the report that will be used for developing national nutrition policy by the federal government. Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, politics

Pope Francis Calls Farming a Vocation

Chuck Zimmerman

Pope Francis put agriculture in focus this weekend when he met with a group of managers from the National Confederation of Direct Cultivators. His comments reflected on two main areas, poverty and hunger and protection of the environment. BTW. I love this photo of him from the L’Osservatore Romano. Here are a few excerpts from his comments “There is no …

Farming, Food, International, politics

Election Aftermath Thoughts

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) may well speak for all of America with its statement following Election Day 2014 – Time to Get to Work! “Washington may look different come January, but fundamentally, things have not really changed,” said NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland. “There is no sign that the gridlock of the past few years will diminish. …

AFBF, Government, NCGA, NFU, politics

New Agri-Pulse Political Punch Series

Cindy Zimmerman

Agri-Pulse has started a new six-part series called “Packing a Political Punch in Rural America.” Throughout this in-depth series, Editor Sara Wyant will look at some of the important demographic, economic and political changes taking place in American agriculture and discuss why it may be time for rural America’s political influencers to rethink their tactics and strategies, too. “In recent …

Agri-Pulse, politics

Ag Industry Dealt a Blow from EPA

Joanna Schroeder

The agriculture industry has been dealt a blow according to Adam Nielsen, director of legislation and policy development for the Illinois Farm Bureau. Nielsen, who spends a significant amount of time promoting the agricultural industry in Washington, D.C., said the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 2014 reduction of the amount of corn ethanol blended as part of the Renewable Fuel …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, Farm Bill, politics

Career & Technical Education Threatened in Missouri

Jamie Johansen

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs such as the Missouri FFA strive to teach students valuable skills through leadership opportunities & hands-on learning in high school vocational classes. There is a proposal sent out by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) removing the priority for organizations like the FFA from a students high school education. CTE is not …

Education, FFA, politics, Youth

Former Ag Secretaries at NAFB

Cindy Zimmerman

Three former secretaries of agriculture at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City on Wednesday had the opportunity to comment on the election results and what might happen now. Bob Bergland, who served under President Jimmy Carter, said the outcome of the election was no surprise to him, the question is where we go from here. “Majority …

Audio, Government, NAFB, politics