usda

USDA To Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Sessions

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take …

georgia

Bills of Interest to Agriculture in Georgia Legislature

Dan Georgia, Legislative

The Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) held their annual meeting and legislative breakfast this week. GAC President Will Bentley says it was a fantastic event. Week four of the 2019 session for the Georgia General Assembly has been taking place this week, and Bentley discusses some bills of interest to agriculture.

wetland

Farm Bureau to USDA: New Regulations Must Protect Both Farmland and Wetland

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Legislative, Regulation

As the Agriculture Department moves forward with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations, the department must ensure its new Interim Rule balances the benefits for both farmland and wetland, as Congress intended, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. As it was written, the Interim Rule makes program participation much more difficult and fails to give famers the opportunity …

Florida Legislators Discuss Ag Issues

Abbey Taylor Florida, Legislative

By Gary Cooper Red tide, blue-green algae, hemp and hurricanes were among the items discussed in recent days during legislative committee meetings in Tallahassee, Florida. Lawmakers and state officials are getting down to business and looking forward to the start of the legislative session in early March. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday gave senate agriculture committee members a status …

alabama

Alabama Legislature Names Ag Committee Members

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release, Legislative

Legislative leaders have been named to oversee the Senate and House of Representatives agriculture committees during the Alabama Legislature’s 2019-22 quadrennium. Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, will chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, while Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, leads the House of Representatives Agriculture and Forestry Committee. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s David Cole said Whatley and Crawford understand …