The 74th Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show continues today in Montgomery with a full slate of events. Yesterday, those in attendance were able to hear from State Sen. Del Marsh, president pro tempore of the Alabama Senate. He spoke to Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman about this year’s legislative session which began last week.
Kansas Republican U.S. Senator Jerry Moran(more-ran) says wheat and sorghum need attention in the next farm bill, along with other key commodities including cotton and dairy.
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the economic challenges facing rural America. Members heard from several witnesses who highlighted these factors, including low farm commodity prices, declining net farm income, tightening credit conditions, a strong dollar, and unfair trade practices by foreign competitors.
The 2017 Alabama Legislative Session officially kicked off this week as Governor Robert Bentley delivered his State of the State address. According to information provided by the Alabama Agribusiness Council, the Governor touted the accomplishments of his administration and renewed his commitment of focusing on opportunities for Alabama’s future.
The Georgia legislative session continues to move along, and according to Bryan Tolar with the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a bill was introduced this week to help clarify a tax law.
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has listed food safety as a 2018 farm bill priority. Specifically, NASDA prioritized the need farmers and ranchers may have for low-cost loans to upgrade infrastructure to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz will file a bill today proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens.
The push for a new farm bill has gotten off the ground quickly with announcements and commitments by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee in their first meeting of the 115th Congress.
The series of deadly storms that moved across the Southeast this past week, including through southwest Georgia, has brought broad support from many for those victims. And Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar says that includes those in the state capital.
U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, announced the first field hearing on reauthorizing the Farm Bill will be in Manhattan, Kansas.