GOP Tax Bill Deal Likely Floor Votes Early Next Week

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The GOP tax bill deal now headed for likely floor votes early next week looks good for agriculture, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s tax specialist. Farm Bureau’s Pat Wolff is waiting to look at the final bill text, about to be filed, but so far, Wolff says the bill looks good for producers—starting with an across-the-board cut in …


Legislation Would Improve Students’ Access to Milk

Dan Dairy, Education, Industry News Release

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017 introduced by Representative Glenn Thompson would allow schools to give students more milk choices. American Farm Bureau Federation market intelligence director John Newton says the bill gives schools the flexibility to bring back low-fat flavored milk. Legislation ”Newton says the legislation provides a market opportunity for dairy farmers. Market Allowing schools to provide …


Conaway Ready For Farm Bill Work

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway is ready to get rolling on the farm bill in 2018. Politico also mentioned he’s not worried about a push to overhaul welfare potentially making the process more complicated. The Republican from Texas is optimistic about keeping things on track and getting a floor vote scheduled by March. A working draft of the bill …


NCC Thanks U.S.T.R. for Support of U.S. Cotton Producers

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

National Cotton Council (NCC) Chairman Ronnie Lee thanked the leadership of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the U.S. negotiating team for their support of U.S. farmers at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference held this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lee, a Georgia cotton producer, said, “We appreciate Ambassador Lighthizer and his team of negotiators from USTR …


Canada and Mexico Working to Strengthen Trade Ties

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

While the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations are in between rounds, Mexico and Canada are still busy talking trade. Canada’s Ag Minister just wrapped up a two-day trip to Mexico City aimed at strengthening their bilateral relationship and promoting trade. Meating Place Dot Com says the Canadian Ag Minister, Lawrence McCauley, attended a large food and trade show …


Lighthizer defends U.S. Ag in WTO Meeting

Dan Industry News Release, Trade, Wheat

U.S. Wheat Associates publicly thanked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for his work defending U.S. agriculture against attempts to weaken the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules on domestic support in agriculture. The Wheat Associates organization says the Buenos Aires WTO Ministerial Conference would be a failure and the mission of the WTO to advance trade would be negatively affected through …


Oil and Ethanol Supporters Get Together to Talk RFS

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

The White House is hoping to play mediator between the oil and ethanol industries as it brought together Wednesday (12/13/17) for a preliminary discussion on the Renewable Fuels Standard. Refiners say they can’t afford the RFS compliance costs. The biofuels industry insists it has to have the mandates in the RFS to keep expanding and growing biofuels. Senators Chuck Grassley, …