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USDA Deputy Secretary Provides Farm Bill Update

Dan Farm Bill

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing last Thursday. U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky discussed implementation of the 2018 farm bill. Read Censky’s full testimony.

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Perdue Speaks at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Randall Weiseman 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 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 …

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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 …

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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 …


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 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 …