Another Successful Agri-Pulse Summit

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The 2019 Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit was another success for the best farm policy news team in the free world. The event at the National Press Club featured an all-star line up that started with USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson, and ended with Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney, with Under Secretary … Read More

House Ag Committee at #FPS17

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, farm bill, Farm Policy, Farm Progress Show, Government

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) and members of the committee hosted a farm bill listening session at the Farm Progress Show Thursday in Decatur, Illinois. It was the fifth such session the committee has held so far. “This was a terrific listening session that will benefit us as we write the next farm … Read More

Farm Bureau President Talks #FarmBill18

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Agri-Pulse, farm bill, Farm Bureau, Farm Policy

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 … Read More

NMPF Proposes Changes to MPP Making Viable Safety Net

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Dairy, Dairy Board, Farm Policy, Milk, National Milk

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 … Read More

Lawsuit Filed Against Animal Rights Initiative

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

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 … Read More

New Resources for Beginning & New Farmers

Jamie JohansenFarm Policy, Farming, Ranches

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 … Read More

Nat'l Farmers Union: Stay the Course on COOL

John DavisFarm Policy, Livestock

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 … Read More

Right to Farm Gains Support in Missouri

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Farm Policy, Government

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 … Read More

What do You Like About New Farm Bill

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Before we get to the Farm Bill let’s look at our latest ZimmPoll which asked the question, “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?” Well over half of the voters this week said that drones could in fact serve a purpose on their operation. Price is still a factor and may be the reason that some operations would … Read More

Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill

Melissa SandfortAFBF, Agribusiness, corn, Dairy Group, farm bill, Farm Policy, National Milk

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 … Read More