Commissioner Nikki Fried on 2020 Legislative Priorities

Dan Florida, Legislative

(FDACS) — Today marks the start of Florida’s annual 60-day legislative session. Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried released a video highlighting a number of her top legislative priorities for the 2020 session. Following a highly successful first legislative session, Commissioner Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services look forward to additional legislative successes in 2020. Improving Concealed Weapons Licensing: The bills, SB 1566 by Senator …

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Alabama Cattlemen Ready for Legislative Session

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Legislative

The 2020 Alabama Legislative Session starts Feb. 4, but the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) is already looking ahead to the annual event. ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley notes this is why membership in the association is so important. Beasley will be watching the legislative session from the cattle industry perspective. The annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show …


Georgia Senator Joins Ag Committee

Dan Georgia, Legislative

It was announced this week that Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler will replace Republican David Perdue on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Loeffler, an Illinois native who grew up on a family farm, was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after …


DeSantis Likely to Get Environmental Money in Session

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Legislative

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis appears poised for a victory as he seeks environmental money to combat water-quality problems that plague the state. DeSantis’ $625 million request for the upcoming legislative session includes money for Everglades restoration, fighting toxic algae outbreaks and boosting the Florida Forever land-preservation program, all issues popular among lawmakers and environmentalists. The proposal is the second …


Senate to Continue Ordinary Business

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(NAFB) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled an opportunity to quickly consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a speech on the Senate floor Friday, McConnell says the Senate will “go about ordinary business,” because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding the articles of impeachment, thought to delay USMCA consideration in the Senate this month. A hearing is on the …


Lawmakers Seek to Scuttle Conservation Appeal

Dan Environment, Florida, Legislative

(NSF) — The House, Senate and two state agencies asked the Florida Supreme Court this week to reject an appeal in a fight about how lawmakers carried out a 2014 constitutional amendment aimed at boosting land and water conservation. Attorneys for the Legislature, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services filed briefs Monday asking …

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Federal Officials Begin to Crack Down on CBD Products

Dan Regulation

A number of new dietary supplements and food products containing cannabidiol (CBD) have hit the market this year, however federal authorities are looking to crack down on the companies marketing CBD products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a series of letters to companies marketing products that contain CBD, warning them of violating the Federal Food, Drug, …


Legislation to Preserve Family Farms Introduced in Congress

Dan General, Legislative

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has announced they strongly support new legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta of California and Jackie Walorski from Indiana. NCBA notes the “Preserving Family Farms Act of 2019” is important bipartisan legislation that would expand IRS Code Section 2032A to allow more farmers and ranchers to take advantage of the special use valuation …

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Legislation to Preserve Family Farms Introduced in Congress

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

(NCBA) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced its strong support for the “Preserving Family Farms Act of 2019.” Introduced by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D – 20th Dist. – Calif.) and Jackie Walorski (R – 2nd Dist. – Ind.), this important bipartisan legislation would expand IRS Code Section 2032A to allow more ranchers and farmers to take advantage …