New Opportunities for U.S. Animal Ag in Vietnam

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Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, traveled to Vietnam to meet with his counterparts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, among others, to discuss the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Vietnam remains one of the fastest-growing markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, with U.S. exports totaling $2.3 billion in …

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Colorado Rancher Testifies Before House Committee

Lizzy Schultz

This week, fourth generation rancher Robbie LeValley, of Western Colorado, testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on the potential consequences of the Administration’s critical habitat policy. LeValley’s meeting with the House comes in response to a rule recently finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that intends to change the regulations for designating critical habitat. While the Service …

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PLC & NCBA Say Senate Turned Back on West

Jamie Johansen

As part of the Energy Security and Research Bill (S.2012) passed by the U.S Senate, the Public Lands Council (PLC) said the Senate inappropriately included a provision permanently reauthorizing the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with a requirement that not less than 40% of LWCF money be spent on federal acquisitions. In the process, the Senators voted …

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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 …

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Turkey Applauds Legal Worker Visa Pilot Program

Jamie Johansen

The National Turkey Federation and its members appreciate the leadership of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) with the introduction of S. 2827, “Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016”. This legislation is an encouraging addition to the conversation about foreign-born workers in the semi-skilled sector of the economy. It creates a common-sense pilot program that allows the U.S. government to …

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NFU Appalled by Latest GIPSA Stall Attack

Jamie Johansen

The National Farmers Union (NFU) doesn’t understand the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of amendment designed to further stall the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Protection Administration (GIPSA) rule after Congress let the USDA implement a provision included in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide needed marketplace protections to contract farmers. “The idea that the House Appropriations Committee would ignore the progress …

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Dairy Organizations Seek Congressional Support for TPP

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent their own letter to members of Congress urging support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement while also addressing a number of critical implementation and enforcement issues. The associations urged the federal government to ensure that the other participating countries adhere to …

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Cattlemen Head to Capitol Hill

Jamie Johansen

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Legislative Conference is scheduled for next week. Over 200 cattlemen are expected to take over Capitol Hill with one clear message: pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The conference will kick off with an issues briefing by NCBA staff and morning session from United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Michael Froman. NCBA and the …

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AFIA Response to Recent FSMA Transportation Rule

Jamie Johansen

In review of the Food Safety Modernization Act final rule on “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) finds the FDA made changes requested by the animal food industry to provide flexibility but added some inconsistent exemptions to the rule. The cost of implementing these requirements remains high. FDA estimates $113 to $117 million …

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Pork Community Supports Combating Antibiotic Resistant

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applaud the action steps defined by the White House through the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB). The report issued March 31 stated U.S. pork producers having been doing their part to tackle the growing resistance problem. “Antibiotics are essential tools for veterinarians and farmers in raising healthy …

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