secretary perdue

Perdue Speaks at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative

During Tuesday’s Farmer of the Year Award luncheon at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, one of the guest speakers was U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. He briefly hit on a few of the issues of importance to Southeast farmers, including disaster relief. Afterwards, during a quick press conference, he told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that ag producers who applied for assistance …

nrcs

NRCS Implementing EQIP through 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, USDA-NRCS

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was enacted back in December, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been working to implement programs that offers strong support for conservation efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers. They offer financial and technical assistance through conservation practices, activities and enhancements to help producers make and maintain improvements on their land. One of the most …

meat institute

Meat Institute Challenging California Prop 12

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative, Pork

(NAFB) — The North American Meat Institute last Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12, The Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. The Meat Institute opposes the law because the organization claims the law will “hurt the nation’s food value chain by significantly increasing costs for producers and consumers.” The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court …

agriculture inspectors

House Bill Introduced for Additional Agriculture Inspectors

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Legislative, Livestock

Last week, U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Vincente Gonsalez (D-Texas), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) introduced the Protecting America’s Food & Agricultural Act (H.R. 4482). It would authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire more agriculture inspectors in order to prevent an outbreak of African swine fever in the U.S. The …

usmca

Impeachment Inquiry Could Dampen Chances of USMCA

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(NAFB) — House Democrats seeking to impeach President Donald Trump spells trouble for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA). White House officials claim the effort has “destroyed any chances of legislative progress.” Meanwhile, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says if Democrats in the House use impeachment proceedings as a basis to not act on policy, the effort will halt progress on USMCA. …

ncba

NCBA President Jennifer Houston Testifies on State of Cattle Industry

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

WASHINGTON (NCBA-Sept. 25, 2019) — Jennifer Houston, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), testified about the current state of the cattle industry before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Topics ranged from the effects of the recent fire at a Tyson beef processing facility in Kansas to the pending reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading …

NRCS

NRCS Implementing 2018 Farm Bill Programs

Dan Environment, Farm Bill, Legislative, USDA-NRCS

The 2018 Farm Bill was enacted back in December, and since then, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been working to implement programs that offers strong support for conservation efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers. NRCS offers financial and technical assistance through conservation practices, activities and enhancements to help producers make and maintain improvements on their land. The Environmental Quality …

ncga

NCGA Leaders Fly-In to Washington

Dan Corn, Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(NCGA) — NCGA State Executives, representing eleven state associations travelled to Washington, D.C. this week to urge members of Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and continue the education effort on NCGA’s Low Carbon/High Octane proposal. The State Executives also pressed lawmakers to use their influence with President Trump regarding potential Administrative actions to mitigate the effects of RFS waivers. …

florida

Florida Eyes Washington on Hemp Rules

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release, Legislative

TALLAHASSEE, FL (NSF-September 17, 2019) — Florida farmers might not be held back from planting hemp next year even if the federal government has not signed off on long-awaited rule changes. Holly Bell, Florida’s director of cannabis, told the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday that, if all goes well, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ permitting for hemp …