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Trump Budget Includes Crop Insurance Cuts

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The fiscal year 2020 budget submitted by President Donald Trump includes a couple of points sure to ignite debate in the budgetary process. The proposal includes imposing work requirements on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients. The Hagstrom Report says the proposed budget also imposes work requirements on recipients of Medicare and federal housing benefits. The work requirements will likely reduce …

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Bayer “Farm for Good” Program

Dan Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, News from Our Sponsors

The Crop Science Division of Bayer is inviting Southern growers to take part in their Farm for Good™ Sweepstakes, where you could win a $5,000 donation to the local charity of your choice. Farm for Good donations will be awarded to 10 growers from the Southern states for a total of $50,000 in charitable donations to benefit organizations in grower communities. Keith Rucker, Technical Service …

Trump Budget Rapped over Everglades Money

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

Environmentalists and some high-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are criticizing his proposed budget for not including enough money for Everglades restoration. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., issued a news release Wednesday saying the White House budget request “failed to include sufficient funding for …

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Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Farm Bill Program Funding

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

As farmers, ranchers and rural communities grapple with a devastatingly weak farm economy, nearly 200 organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation and several state Farm Bureaus, are urging congressional budget writers to reject calls for additional cuts to farm bill programs. The bipartisan, budget-neutral 2018 farm bill was built upon the previous farm bill, which made a significant contribution …

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USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

Dan Industry News Release

In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us each day. Start Simple with MyPlate is a new initiative to reduce confusion surrounding healthy eating and help people start with the …

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Putnam Named CEO of Ducks Unlimited

Dan Industry News Release

Former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was named Wednesday as chief executive officer of the national group Ducks Unlimited. Putnam finished his second term as agriculture commissioner in January after losing a Republican primary for governor. He will begin leading Ducks Unlimited, which works to conserve waterfowl habitats, on April 1. “I joined Ducks Unlimited when I was 16 and …

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Kroger Commits to Georgia Dairy Farmers

Dan Dairy, Georgia, Industry News Release

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program is partnering with over 168 Kroger stores across the state as part of the “Milk Makes Amazing” promotion. Driven by Milk on My Mind, a dairy awareness program initiated by the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Milk (ACCM), the partnership with Kroger aims to educate consumers about the benefits and versatility of milk …

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NASDA Disappointed with Trump Budget Proposal

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture expressed disappointment this week in the content of President Trump’s budget proposal. NASDA CEO Barbara Glenn says the budget request would “negatively impact agriculture, particularly at a time when many in agriculture are facing a serious economic downturn.” NASDA expects Congress to ensure the programs agriculture needs, including those within the Department …

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Lawmakers Chip Away at Land Preservation Money

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Lawmakers are pushing forward with plans to continue carving up millions of dollars voters more than four years ago directed to be spent on land and water protection, despite environmentalists’ concerns about the way the money is being used to help the Indian River Lagoon and Apalachicola Bay. Backers of the 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, who continue …

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Groups Respond to EPA Proposal for Year-Round E15, RINs Reform

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

Renewable Fuels Association Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement on EPA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allow year-round sales of E15 in conventional gasoline markets and modify Renewable Identification Number (RIN) provisions under the RFS:  “Today’s proposed rule means EPA is one step closer to making good on President Trump’s promise to allow …