ASTA FCSC Farm Bill Session

Cindy Zimmerman

As most of agriculture knows, Congress agreed last month to an extension of the current farm bill to avoid a lapse in funding for critical agricultural programs and provide certainty to producers, but when a new farm bill will be crafted remains uncertain. At the recent American Seed Trade Association Field Crop Seed Convention, Syngenta’s Mary Kay Thatcher moderated a …

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Farm Bill Extension and Funding Reaction

Cindy Zimmerman

Congress this week passed a continuing resolution that includes an extension of the 2018 Farm Bill until Sept. 30, 2024. Agriculture groups and companies at the NAFB Convention gave their reactions to the move and what it will mean for negotiations next year. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) praised the government funding package that also extends the Livestock Mandatory …

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Minnesota Farmer Takes Over as NCGA President

Cindy Zimmerman

Minnesota farmer Harold Wolle, takes over as president of the National Corn Growers Association this week with a theme of “shaping the future.” During a press conference today, Wolle talked about his goals over the next year, saying reauthorizing a farm bill that reflects the priorities of corn growers will be a pressing concern. “My most immediate objective is to …

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#FPS23 Panel Highlights Ag Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

The Syngenta Golden Harvest tent featured an Agricultural Outlook panel on the first day of the 2023 Farm Progress Show that provided perspectives from officials in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri on a host of ag policy issues. Agri-Pulse Managing Editor Spencer Chase moderated the panel which included Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), Missouri Secretary of Agriculture Chris Chinn, and Iowa Secretary …

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Rep. Austin Scott Addresses Peanut Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

With Congress on summer vacation until September 12, it’s unlikely the September 30 deadline for a new farm bill before the old one expires will be met. But, as Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) told the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, Congress still has to do something. “Every five years we write a farm bill, it’s a temporary change to permanent law …

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Progress on 2023 Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Some are saying Congress may need to pass a short-term extension of the current farm bill if they are unable to get a new one across the finish line before September 30, but House Agriculture Committee chair Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) is still optimistic. “With the farm bill, we’re rounding first base,” said Thompson during a recent interview in …

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ASTA Releases 2023 Farm Bill Recommendations

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently released its policy recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill. The recommendations fall under the following priority areas: 1) conservation; 2) agriculture research; 3) trade; 4) innovation; and 5) risk management. “Farm bills are meant to be a safety net for farmers,” said Janae Brady, ASTA Vice President for Government Affairs. “For us, the …

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2023 Agri-Pulse Summit Preview

Cindy Zimmerman

With debate on a new farm bill formally underway, the upcoming 2023 Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit will explore some of the forward-looking ideas under development that will drive policy discussions for both this year and the decades ahead. Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse editor and founder, says the theme of this year’s summit is Next Gen Farm & Food Policy. …

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Cotton Policy Update at #BWCC23

Cindy Zimmerman

Attendees at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences this week in New Orleans were updated on current policy issues relating to cotton by Bart Fischer, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center Texas A&M University. Fischer says one of the big policy issues on the plate this year is the next farm bill. “The 2018 Farm Bill expires on September 30,” …

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