Animal Ag Groups Urge Quick Passage Of TPA

Cindy Zimmerman

A diverse group of agriculture and food organizations sent a letter to Congress this week urging swift passage of legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The 70 groups, including poultry and livestock organizations, say TPA is necessary so that major trade deals can be finalized and implemented to help the U.S. economy. “Their ability to compete in global markets is …

Livestock, Policy, Poultry, Trade

NCBA & PLC Accepting Summer Internship Applications

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the summer 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 9, 2015. “NCBA and PLC provide opportunities that very few other internships can offer,” said John Weber, South Dakota State University animal science senior …

Ag Group, Beef, Intern, NCBA, Policy

45 Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack Checkoff

Jamie Johansen

Fourt-five state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, Policy, usda

Policy Talks Underway at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference is well underway here in Denver, CO. Cattlemen and women have gathered to discuss pressing issues affecting producers nationwide. I sat down with Philip Ellis, 2014 NCBA President Elect and he shed some light into what the cattlemen’s organization is doing to advocate and educate. “We always have many issues at our summer conference. …

ADM, Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, CBB, NCBA, Policy

House Members Urge Removal of EU Trade Barriers

Jamie Johansen

A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the Obama administration to use the transatlantic trade talks with the European Union (EU) to address a variety of export barriers hampering the U.S. dairy industry. Among the barriers are the EU’s recent efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using common food names like parmesan and feta …

Ag Group, Dairy, Export, Government, National Milk, Policy

Census of Agriculture to Survey Producers, including Dairy

John Davis

This year was a pretty tumultuous one for many dairy producers across the country, especially with the way the drought impacted many operations. The USDA needs to get more information so it knows what’s happening on America’s farms. That’s why the 2012 Census of Agriculture forms will be hitting producers’ mailboxes very soon. “The Census of Agriculture will be dropped …

Audio, Government, Policy, usda

Feeding World in 2050 Addressed by Farm Foundation Blog

John Davis

How do you feed the expected world population of 9 billion people by the year 2050? Our friends at Farm Foundation are taking on that challenging question, hopefully with some good answers through their new blog, “It’s an opportunity for more people to be involved in the conversation,” said Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation’s Vice President, Communications, adding there are …

Agribusiness, Audio, Policy

Elimination of Dairy Market Stabilization Program Defeated

John Davis

An amendment that would have eliminated the market stabilization program for milk pricing in the current Farm Bill has been defeated. Lawmakers in the U.S. House Agriculture Committee this morning debated the measure proposed by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and David Scott (D-Georgia), which would provide a safety net for dairy producers without requiring them to participate in a supply …

"farm bill", Audio, Government, Policy