Agri-Pulse Poll Shows Growers Ready to Act on Prices

Kelly Marshall Leave a Comment

Soybeans won’t be sitting in the bin much longer, says a new farm opinion survey by Agri-Pulse.  The $2 per bushel rise in market prices has Iowa producers getting rid of last year’s inventory. “Thirty-seven percent of respondents said a price of $10.25 would compel them to sell their 2015 crop while another 12 percent said $10.75,” Wyant said. “Ten …

Agri-Pulse, politics, Soybean

FB Members Testify on EPA Concerns

Lizzy Schultz Leave a Comment

Earlier this week, three Farm Bureau members testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry regarding the involvement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the ongoing Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Richard Ebert, former Ohio Farm Bureau President Terry McClure, and Florida Farm Bureau member Kate English, all testified before the subcommittee that they believe …

Ag Group, Conservation, EPA, Farm Bureau, politics

Will FSMA Produce Regs Prove Costly to Small Farms?

Joanna Schroeder

Most of us involved in agriculture have become familiar with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was introduced in 2011 as the FDA’s new method of regulating the growth, harvesting, and processing of agricultural goods. While the aim of this new regulatory system is to increase food safety and reduce the prevalence of foodborne illness, there are some aspects …

Agribusiness, politics, Produce, Vegetables

Candidate Trump Addresses #Farm Labor Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

Like Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also had the opportunity to address the issue of immigration as it relates to farm labor during a CNN town hall forum Tuesday night. Wisconsin dairy farmer John Pagel explained to Trump that the state’s dairy industry “is being challenged right now by having a labor force dependent on an immigration …

Audio, Dairy, Government, labor, politics

Candidate @TedCruz Addresses #Farm Labor Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had the opportunity to address the issue of immigration as it relates to farm labor during a CNN Town Hall forum Tuesday night. Jason Vorpahl, who operates a 2800 head dairy farm in Wisconsin, questioned Cruz about the issue. “We offer a competitive wage and offer full benefits to all our employees,” …

Audio, Dairy, Government, politics

National Ag Day Meet & Mingle

Jamie Johansen

The National Ag Day Meet & Mingle Lunch took place in Washington D.C. drawing attendees to the Dirksen Senate Building for lunch and to once again hear from the legendary Orion Samuelson, WGN, who served as the events emcee. Chad Garone took to the mic representing the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA) and the 2015 class of Outstanding Young Farmers. …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Government, politics

Golden Plow Awarded to Rep Mike Conaway

Joanna Schroeder

The Golden Plow award was given to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) during the Farm Bureau Advocacy Conference that took place last week. AFBF President Zippy Duvall presented the award to the Chairman of the House Ag Committee- the highest honor given to members of Congress. Conaway was nominated by the Texas Farm Bureau who noted his dedication to the ag …

AFBF, Award, politics

2016 Politics and Agriculture at CIRB

Kelly Marshall

With Presidential Elections on the horizon, it isn’t surprising many are wondering how a new administration will affect the agriculture industry.  Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice President of Informa Economics delivered a message to the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting entitled Policy Forecast for 2016 and Beyond.  AgWired had the chance to talk to him about the candidates and …

CIRB, politics

Ag America Wants Candidates to Support Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of agricultural leaders is calling on the presidential candidates to commit to publicly support U.S. agriculture. Ag America has developed a set of “Principles for Our Ag Future” that “outline the path forward to ensure that American agriculture continues to be the envy and leader throughout the world.” “Ag America is calling on all of the fine men …


Our Important Voice

Jamie Johansen

From the time Roger Rickard was 13 years old he was driven by causes and has been politically minded ever since. His experiences along the way lead him to start Voices in Advocacy and write a book, “7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates.” He brought his expertise to the stage addressing attendees of the 2016 National Young Farmers & Ranchers …

Ag Group, Audio, politics