Omnibus Bill Includes Several Ag Provisions

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

The omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate last week includes many victories for agriculture. Farm groups applauded the inclusion of the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM Act. That Act exempts air emissions from animal waste from being subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA, reporting requirements. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat …


Spending Bill Includes Victory for Milk Labeling Standards

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

The omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate last week included language regarding milk labeling. The bill directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action against mislabeled imitation dairy foods, a move the National Milk Producers Federation says is a major victory for farmers and consumers alike. Federation president and CEO Jim Mulhern says the bill …


Perdue Applauds Fire Funding Fix in Omnibus

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his appreciation for the work of Congress to find a bipartisan fix for the way the U.S. Forest Service is funded for fighting wildfires. Secretary Perdue had advocated for the change since taking office in April 2017. Congress included the solution in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Package, which has been signed into …


Broadband Investment and Section 199A Tax Code Fix in Omnibus Applauded by Perdue

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Technology

Broadband: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the robust investment of $600 million in rural broadband for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which was included in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Package. The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump is pursuing an ambitious agenda to rebuild America’s infrastructure, including a special emphasis on rural …

President Trump Signs Omnibus

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

With President Donald Trump’s signature, the 2018 omnibus spending bill—and the several provisions that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities it includes—became law. The measure, which was a must-pass to avert a government shutdown, was approved in quick succession by the House and Senate on Thursday and the wee hours of Friday morning, respectively. The omnibus amends the cooperative tax …

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Major Victories for Cattle Producers in Signed Omnibus Bill

Dan Cattle, Legislative, Livestock

This afternoon, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill, which includes several provisions that will directly benefit livestock producers. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Cooke said the association has a lot of solid wins in this bill. Major Victories for Cattle Producers in Signed Omnibus Bill From NCBA Cattlemen Applaud Final Approval of Omnibus …


Omnibus Spending Bill Also Contains Livestock “Fixes”

Dan Cattle, Economy, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association was pleased to see that the omnibus appropriations spending bill released on Wednesday night has what it called “two common-sense solutions to regulatory overreach in the Fiscal Year 2018.” The spending bill includes a one-year delay of the Electronic Logging Devices mandate for livestock haulers. It also excludes livestock producers from the reporting requirements of the …


Perdue Comments Regarding Omnibus Spending Bill

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Legislative

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the omnibus spending bill released by Congressional leaders: “The omnibus spending plan released last night contains a number of our priorities at USDA.  Fixing the so-called ‘grain glitch’ 199A problem is simply an issue of fairness. We should not be picking winners and losers through the federal tax code …

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NCBA Encouraged by “Positive Developments” in Omnibus Spending Bill

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative

Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), released the following statement: “The omnibus spending bill includes a number of positive developments for cattlemen and women, including language that would prevent 200,000 farms and ranches from being regulated like toxic waste sites, delay the implementation of electronic logging devices for livestock haulers for another six months, …