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Georgia Legislature Approves Changes to GATE Card Program

Dan Georgia, Legislative

More discussions of interest to agriculture took place this past week by the Georgia General Assembly. Bryan Tolar, Georgia Agribusiness Council President, says one issue many have been following is the GATE card program. And lawmakers did approve final changes to that. Georgia Legislature Approves Changes to GATE Program


NBB Disappointed with No New Biodiesel Tax Credit

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

The omnibus appropriations bill that’s already won approval in the House of Representatives doesn’t reinstitute the biodiesel tax credit. Kurt Kovarik, National Biodiesel Board VP of Federal Affairs, says his organization is disappointed that Congress once again hasn’t provided pro-growth tax certainty for a domestic energy industry that has broad bipartisan support. “The lack of urgency by Congress to extend …


Farmers for Free Trade: Tariffs Make American Farmers a Target

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, says the Section 301 tariff announcement against China is bad news for American agriculture. The group says these tariffs will put a target on the backs of American farmers. Kuehl says, “In fact, in testimony this week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says that ‘farmers get the short end of the …


Omnibus Spending Bill Also Contains Livestock “Fixes”

Dan Cattle, Economy, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association was pleased to see that the omnibus appropriations spending bill released on Wednesday night has what it called “two common-sense solutions to regulatory overreach in the Fiscal Year 2018.” The spending bill includes a one-year delay of the Electronic Logging Devices mandate for livestock haulers. It also excludes livestock producers from the reporting requirements of the …


Appropriations Bill Agreed Upon by Congress, Contains Section 199A “Fix”

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The Hagstrom Report says congressional leaders have agreed on an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 30. It passed a House vote, 256-167, and is expected to pass in the Senate before the weekend. There may still need to be a short-term continuing resolution if any senators object to the bill. The bill does contain a fix …


More U.S. Trading Partners Exempted from Tariffs

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

During testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed that the European Union, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and South Korea will be exempted from tariffs on steel and aluminum. A Politico report says Lighthizer told the committee that, “the president has decided to pause the imposition of the tariffs with respect to those countries.” The levies are …


Trump: China Tariffs Will Total $50 Billion

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump announced an estimated $50 billion in tariffs against Chinese imports today. Bloomberg says it’s a retaliatory move against intellectual property violations. The move will take effect on more than 100 different types of Chinese products. The overall value of the tariffs was based on economic estimates of the damage caused by those intellectual property violations. Last year, …


Chinese Retaliation On U.S. Pork Exports Will Harm The Rural Economy

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council warned that possible Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork could have a significant negative impact on rural America. China has indicated it will impose the duties in response to U.S. tariffs and restrictions – being placed on a host of Chinese goods. “We sell a lot of pork to China, so higher tariffs on our exports …


USDA/NIFA Announces Support to Relieve Veterinarian Shortage Situations

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of funding to help assure rural communities have sufficient access to livestock veterinary services. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP). The VSGP is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, …