Farm Bureau President Talks #FarmBill18

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President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Zippy Duvall addressed the participants of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit last week. Using his best southern charm, Duvall addressed the issue of the upcoming farm bill, pointing out the different circumstances farmers and ranchers are in as the last bill was being written and the economic climate now. “The biggest problem with this …

Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, farm bill, Farm Bureau, Farm Policy

NMPF Proposes Changes to MPP Making Viable Safety Net

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Board of Directors today unanimously approved a series of recommended changes to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) that will restore several key elements first proposed by NMPF during development of the 2014 Farm Bill. These changes to the MPP will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers – if the …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Board, Farm Policy, Milk, National Milk

Lawsuit Filed Against Animal Rights Initiative

Lizzy Schultz

Massachusetts farmer James Dunn and local anti-poverty activist Diane Sullivan have joined together in a lawsuit asking Massachusetts courts to toss a proposed 2016 animal rights petition. Proposed Initiative Petition No. 15-11 would create strict new regulations on farmers and place new restrictions on interstate commerce, and experts have warned that the proposed rules will actually harm animals, while driving …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Welfare, consumer, Eggs, Farm Policy, Farming, legislation, Livestock, Policy, Protect the Harvest

New Resources for Beginning & New Farmers

Jamie Johansen

According to research from American Farmland Trust (AFT), many beginning farmers and ranchers find identifying the right land to purchase or lease—at an affordable price—to be one of their most significant challenges. Accessing the capital needed to start or expand a farm business is also hard. AFT’s Farmland Information Center (FIC) along with Farm Credit is offering free new online …

Farm Policy, Farming, Ranches

Nat'l Farmers Union: Stay the Course on COOL

John Davis

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging lawmakers to ignore some of the scare tactics of groups trying to derail Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), while the group also wants federal officials to appeal a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. “This letter was organized by groups who have opposed COOL from day one and demonstrates that they understand they have lost …

Farm Policy, Livestock

Right to Farm Gains Support in Missouri

Jamie Johansen

Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, will be decided by Missouri voters on August 5. The Missouri Farmers Care coalition, comprised of more than 40 statewide agricultural organizations, is working hard to pass the amendment. The amendment is short, straightforward and designed to protect all of agriculture from outside special interests that would seek to regulate and legislate farmers …

Ag Group, Farm Policy, Government

Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill

Melissa Sandfort

Several major agricultural organizations issued a joint statement today on the official expiration of the 2008 farm bill. The 2008 law governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired on Sunday, September 30th, and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees were both able to pass …

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DFA: Immediate Action Needed on 2012 Farm Bill

Melissa Sandfort

“On behalf of the 15,000 dairy farmer owners of Dairy Farmers of America, we urge Congressional leadership to support this nation’s food producers by acting on the 2012 Farm Bill and bringing some relief to farmers suffering through weather-related disasters and unfavorable market conditions. “The pending bill represents significant compromise and fiscal discipline, while addressing the critical needs of the …

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