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Secretary Perdue Outlines USDA Services in the Event of a Government Shutdown

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today outlined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) services available in the event of a government shutdown. “USDA is committed to safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide – and should the government shut down, we will continue to do just that,” said Secretary Perdue. “I am proud of each USDA employee …

An Update on the Farm Bill

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Legislative

Robert Redding, an attorney representing agriculture groups in Washington, D.C., recently gave a federal regulation update presentation during the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia. His talk included the topic of the upcoming farm bill. Farm bill leaders, House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway and Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts, wanted to have the bill finished by the …

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Cotton Farm Bill Program in the Works, Long Road Ahead

Dan Cotton, Farm Bill, Industry News Release

Support for cotton growers is in the works, albeit a slow process. The National Cotton Council Jody Campiche, director of economics and policy, says getting a farm bill program established is a top priority for the sector. Program Long-term, Campiche says a seed cotton program is NCC’s preference. Preference She says cotton growers need more support. While prices for cotton …

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Florida Rep. Raburn Pleased to See Cattlemen

Dan Cattle, Florida, Legislative

During the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Legislative Quarterly meeting and visits with legislators in Tallahassee this week, Southeast AgNet was able to get a few quick comments from State Representative Jake Raburn. He represents Florida District 57 in Hillsborough County, and is the Vice Chair of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee in the Florida House. He discusses a bill he …

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Conaway: Farm Bill on Track for March Unveil

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

The House version of the 2018 farm bill remains on track for a March unveiling, according to House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway. The Republican told Politico the committee is waiting for an official 10-year cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office to ensure “we can afford the proposal.” The committee started working on the House version of the bill …

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NAFTA ‘Nervousness’ Dominates Senate Confirmation Hearing

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

NAFTA ‘nervousness’ dominated a Senate confirmation hearing for two Trump Deputy U.S. Trade Representative nominees, as concerns about a possible North American Free Trade Agreement pull-out continued to surface. Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts told fellow Kansan C.J. Mahoney, tapped by the president to be a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative with a portfolio including NAFTA talks, that it’s the wrong …

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Lack of Budget Deal Making Farm Bill Efforts Harder

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

The lack of a budget deal so far to keep the government open, is frustrating efforts to write a new farm bill–and its would-be authors. Farm bills are never easy to write, and some have taken a couple of years or more to enact. And, this is an election year—never an easy time to do any legislating. But, the ongoing …