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Trump Reorganization Plan Offers Big Changes to USDA

Dan Industry News Release

A government reorganization plan by President Trump would rename the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Health and Public Welfare. Notably, the plan would move the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from the Department of Agriculture to the new so-called welfare department. The plan would also reorganize USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety …

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EPA RFS Volumes Proposal Expected Friday

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out a proposal for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 Friday, June 22, 2018. Some suspect the proposal will include a reallocation of gallons displaced by hardship waivers, according to Politico. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said late last month that he spoke with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt about the …

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EU Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on the U.S.

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The European Union’s (EU) response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs take effect Friday, June 22, 2018. The EU will be charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. goods. Reuters reports that the European Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on 2.8 billion euros, or $3.2 billion, worth of U.S. goods, including …

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Rural Mainstreet Economy Expands for June

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index measured above growth neutral in June for a fifth straight month. This is the first time since July 2015 the survey has recorded five straight months of overall indices above growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a Midwest dependent on agriculture. However, the overall index slid …

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Erin Fitzgerald Hired to Lead U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance as New CEO

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a leader in consumer engagement for food and agriculture, has selected Erin Fitzgerald from Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy as its next CEO. In its ongoing mission to earn consumer trust in American agriculture, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has selected Erin Fitzgerald to lead the organization as its next chief executive officer. …

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Perdue Comments on 2018 Farm Bill Passing the House of Representatives

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill: “I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in passing their 2018 Farm Bill through the House of Representatives. American producers have greatly benefited from the policies of the Trump …

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Groups Respond to House Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

From American Farm Bureau House Farm Bill Passage a Win for Farmers The following statement regarding House passage of the 2018 Farm Bill may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Passage of the House farm bill is a big win for America’s farmers and ranchers. Our grassroots Farm Bureau members clearly made their voices heard. By …

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House Passes 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

Critical Legislation to Aid Farmers and Ranchers, Offer Opportunities to SNAP Recipients The House passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), critical legislation to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making significant investments in opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Upon passage, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11)issued the following …

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USDA Supports Local Foods in Schools through Farm to School Grants

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced $5.2 million in grant awards to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for farmers. The grants, part of the USDA Farm to School Program, will impact over 6,000 schools and 2.8 million students nationwide. “USDA is committed to helping our children build bright futures …

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American Farm Bureau Board Votes Unanimously to Support Goodlatte AG Act Provisions

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s board of directors voted unanimously to support House passage of H.R. 4760, a broad immigration bill, based on the strength of agricultural labor provisions included in the legislation. “The American Farm Bureau board was resolute and unanimous in its support of these agricultural labor reforms,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Those provisions authorize a new …