Veterinarians: Establish Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank

Dan General

Warning of the dire economic consequences of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), swine veterinarians from around the country during Capitol Hill visits will urge congressional lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the animal disease. The 23 veterinarians are in town as part of the Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program of the …

Panetta Recognizes Similar Problems for U.S. Growers

Abbey Taylor General

By Jaci Schreckengost The problems faced by growers in California are some of the same issues faced in places such as Florida and Georgia, Jimmy Panetta of California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives says. “Coming from the specialty crop capital … the salad bowl of the world, Salinas Valley, you realize that we’re not alone,” Panetta …

Florida Farm Bureau Presents Farm Bill Comment

Josh McGill Farm Bill, General, Legislative

One of the many people who presented comments before the House Agriculture Committee’s first farm bill listening session held this past Saturday in Gainesville, Florida, was Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John Hoblick.       Click to listen to the full session.

Everyone Who Eats Should Be in Favor of a Strong Farm Bill

Josh McGill General

A great crowd was on hand for the first farm bill listening session hosted by the House Agriculture Committee this past Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. Comments were given by farmers and ranchers and others involved with agriculture from across the Southeast on a wide range of topics. When the event was over, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas …

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U.S. Grains Council Statement On Announcement Of New Sugar Suspension Agreement

Dan General

A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight: “We are pleased to hear that U.S. and Mexican negotiators have reached a new sugar suspension agreement. This milestone is an important one as we work to maintain our existing, robust trade of U.S. grains and related products while awaiting the beginning of NAFTA modernization negotiations. “Mexico is …


Trump to Talk Rural Infrastructure Improvements

Dan General

The national infrastructure will get some attention from the White House this week as the administration gets set to put out details on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says Donald Trump will visit Ohio and Kentucky on Wednesday to speak on waterways and rural America. Trump will give more details on his vision for improving the …


Perdue Looking at ‘Right-Sizing’ USDA Agencies

Dan General

We’ve heard a lot the past few days about President Trump’s proposed budget and how if realized, would mean steep cuts for agriculture. One area of those proposed cuts is the U.S. Department of Agriculture staff, as the budget proposal calls for an estimated cut of 5,263 positions. Last week Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a House Appropriations Subcommittee that …


Plant Health and Production Workforce Funding

Dan General

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 54 grants totaling more than $17.7 million for plant research that helps optimize crop production, mitigate disease, and increase yield. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Plants are the foundation of diet …