WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the interpretive rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act (CWA) agricultural exemptions.
The CWA was signed into law in 1972 with an intent to preserve water quality in the United States by regulating discharges of pollution into the country’s water system. Although Read the rest of this entry »
The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was released this week and in the livestock, poultry and dairy section it was noted the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been lowered from last month as lower beef and broiler production more than offset increased pork and turkey production.
WASHINGTON (June 6, 2014) – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted a one-year exemption to the Hours-of-Service requirement for the transportation of livestock. The Hours-of-Service rules required all commercial motor vehicle operators, including livestock transporters, to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight hours of service. This is in addition to Read the rest of this entry »
Farmers and ranchers are anxiously waiting for Congress to move on the tax extenders bill that American Farm Bureau tax policy specialist Pat Wolff says is needed to re-instate a list of tax provisions that expired at the end of last year. However, it now looks like they will have to wait until after the November election.
The Food and Drug Administration is delaying the estimated 150-million dollar food safety rule that would establish new sanitary requirements for truck drivers, shippers and trains transporting human and animal food across the country.
Signup for the livestock disaster assistance program has been underway for a few weeks now, a program that many in the industry had been wanting to see available for producers across the country who have suffered from various weather-related events.