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More Than 20,000 Dairy Farms Have Signed up for MPP

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture this week said more than 20,000 dairy farmers have enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program, which enrollment for closes Friday. USDA undersecretary Bill Northey told Politico he expects more producers to enroll in the program, compared to last year. In 2017, roughly 20,300 dairy farmers enrolled in the program, accounting for 64 percent of U.S. …


Responsibilities of New Under Secretary Northey

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Bill Northey, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, was officially sworn in last night in Iowa. But some wonder what this newly created position actually entails. Deputy Ag Secretary Steve Censky outlines some of the duties for new USDA Under Secretary. Responsibilities of New Under Secretary Northey


Confirmation of Northey for USDA Applauded

Dan Industry News Release

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the Senate’s long-awaited confirmation of Bill Northey to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Northey will serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS)*. Perdue issued the following statement: “I applaud Bill Northey’s patience over these many months, which demonstrates what a strong leader he …


Efforts to Move Northey Block Continues

Dan Industry News Release

Iowa Republicans took a strike at Senator Ted Cruz of Texas this week, saying his hold on the nomination of Iowa’s Bill Northey to the Department of Agriculture will harm his political standing. As Cruz continued his attack of the Renewable Fuel Standard Wednesday, speaking at Philadelphia Energy Solution’s so-called anti-ethanol rally, the Iowa Republican Party warned Cruz that continuing …


NPPC Wants Votes On Four Key Trump Nominees

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to schedule confirmation votes on four long-languishing Trump administration nominees for positions important to U.S. pork producers and American agriculture. In a letter to the two leaders, NPPC asked the Senate to fulfill its “vital role in ensuring that our federal …


Cruz Hold on Northey Continues

Dan Industry News Release

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley this week attempted to move forward the nomination of Bill Northey to a top Department of Agriculture post, but was again blocked by Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Grassley sought unanimous consent from his Senate colleagues on the chamber floor Wednesday. However, Cruz objected, further delaying Northey’s confirmation. Cruz has blocked the vote to confirm Northey as …


Waiting for Northey Confirmation to Announce NRCS Chief


One post involving agriculture that has yet to be filled in Washington D.C. is Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). And Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that announcement won’t be made until the confirmation of another USDA post takes place. Waiting for Northey Confirmation to Announce NRCS Chief

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Senator Cruz Writes Iowa Governor Over RFS Dispute, Northey Hold

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

Before Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds traveled to Texas to lobby for the removal of a hold on Bill Northey’s Department of Agriculture nomination, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz pressured Reynolds to reach a deal on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Cruz has placed a hold on Northey’s nomination to USDA, who is currently serving as Iowa’s Agriculture Secretary. In a letter …


Northey Comments on Nomination Delay

Dan Industry News Release

Department of Agriculture nominee Bill Northey says he expects the hold on his nomination will be resolved, but in the meantime, is fulfilling his duties in Iowa. During a speech last week in Iowa, Northey said he’s not bothered by his current situation, adding that “until that political skirmish is settled, my days are, for the most part, consumed with …