Rep. Albritton Discusses Changes in Florida House

Abbey Taylor Florida, Legislative

By Jaci Schreckengost Ben Albritton, Florida House Representative of District 56, says there have been changes in the Florida House since the transition between Speaker Crisafulli and Speaker Corcoran in 2016. According to Albritton, the former speaker, Crisafulli, supported many policies for agriculture during his time as speaker. While the new speaker, Corcoran, has not had as much of a …

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NCBA CEO Testifies on NAFTA

Dan Beef, Cattle, Legislative, Trade

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Kendal Frazier testified this week before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Capitol Hill in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He discusses his testimony which supported keeping foreign markets open to American beef producers.

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Chlorpyrifos Ban Introduced in U.S. Senate

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Legislative

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall Tuesday introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural insecticide. Udall explained that The American Academy of Pediatrics says chlorpyrifos use “puts all children at risk,” adding that “we need to listen to the experts” and ban the pesticide.” The Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency …

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Bankers List Goals for New Farm Bill, Ways to Prevent Farm Crisis

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release

The Independent Community Bankers of America is urging Congress to adopt a new long-term farm bill incorporating five broad goals and offered enhancements to USDA programs to prevent a farm credit crisis. Testifying before the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, an ICBA representative advocated for Congress to adopt a dynamic multi-year farm bill to provide continuity and enable agricultural producers and …

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Farm Bureau Presents Farm Bill Goals to Congress

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release

Congress must counter a steep, four-year drop in commodity prices that has left farmers and ranchers in worse shape than any time since the farm depression of the 1980s, Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney told the Senate Agriculture Committee. Haney’s testimony cited growing losses in farm country that increasingly threaten the livelihoods of millions of Americans. “2017 and 2018 …

NMPF Officer, Michigan Cooperative President Highlights Concerns with Dairy Safety Net in Senate Farm Bill Hearing

Dan Dairy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release

Congress must revise the dairy safety net program established in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide farmers with effective risk management protection that will increase participation in the program, according to Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) and first vice-chair of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), who spoke at a 2018 Farm Bill hearing today. …