Trump Commits to Agriculture in Iowa

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President Donald Trump stood among various models of John Deere and Case IH farm equipment as he pledged to boost agriculture exports, loosen federal regulations on the agriculture industry, and support ethanol and biofuels yesterday while speaking to a crowd of about 250 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Today we are celebrating the dignity of work and …

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Perdue Confirmation Hearing Set

Lizzy Schultz

Sonny Perdue will get a step closer to the office of agriculture secretary next week. The Senate agriculture committee will hold a hearing March 23 on the nomination of the former Georgia governor, who was the last cabinet member to be named by President Trump. Two other cabinet members, Robert Lighthizer for U.S. trade representative and Alexander Acosta for labor …

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Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit

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Setting up official National Ag Day Activities Tuesday in Washington, DC, Agri-Pulse is holding a Farm Bill Summit today, part of their on-going Farm Bill Series. Over 400 industry representatives, congressional staff members, and invited guests are gathering for the day long event that features farm bill veterans and policy experts discussing the road that lies ahead for the 2018 …

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Animal Ag Applauds Appointment of Trump Ag Advisor

Jamie Johansen

Animal agriculture applauds White House appointment of Ray Starling, current chief of staff for Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., to the position of Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Aid. John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council said, “By picking a true champion of American agriculture to serve in this key advisory role, President Trump …

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Livestock Groups Respond to Organic Marketing Rule

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Several livestock industry groups have responded to a last minute regulation issued by the Obama administration this week that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) amendment to the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 will increase regulations for organic producers raising livestock and poultry, including new indoor and outdoor …

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Livestock Groups Back Perdue for Ag Secretary

Lizzy Schultz

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture has been received a warm and positive response from the nation’s livestock industry groups. The veterinarian and former Georgia Governor has been praised for his political and agribusiness experience and his understanding of the nation’s diverse agriculture industry. “Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief …

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Senators Address Organic Livestock, Poultry Concerns

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of 13 Senators in sending a second letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), requesting additional information regarding expressed concerns with the Agency’s proposed rule on revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. “The proposed rule raises significant concerns regarding …

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Extended Comment Period for Organic Livestock & Poultry Rule

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership announced the USDA granted their request for an extension of the public comment period for the agency’s proposed rule regarding revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. “We are pleased the USDA acted immediately to allow producers, consumers, retailers and animal health experts more time to offer their comments on the proposed rules,” …

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Senate Ag Committee Holds Livestock & Poultry Hearing

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, titled “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace‎ Opportunities and Challenges.” It has been five years since a hearing like this has taken place. Farmers and ranchers across the country took part …

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WI Dairy Farmers Question Trump On #FarmLabor

Lizzy Schultz

Many Presidential candidates are spending a significant amount of time in Wisconsin this week in anticipation of the state’s presidential primary next week, including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and the Wisconsin dairy community used the many political events as an opportunity to help the candidate understand the incredibly important role that immigrant labor plays in the Wisconsin agricultural sector …

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