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House Ag Advances Key Bills

Dan Legislative

While key bills ranging from boosting EQIP funding and domestic fertilizer production to increasing meat processing competition moved through House Ag Committee this week, one that moved through is highly controversial. Passed by only a near party-line vote, the “Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act” is sponsored by Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger. “We have already seen that for two-years now, …

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Groups Condemn Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act

Dan Cattle

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Wednesday condemned the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022, approved by the House Agriculture Committee. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says the legislation was rushed through the legislative process “without consideration of the confusing bureaucratic mess it would create.” The special investigator bill would create a new position in the …

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LMA Convention & WLAC to be Held in Indiana

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock, Marketing

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) has announced the 2022 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) will be held Saturday, June 11 at the Shipshewana Auction, Inc. in Shipshewana, Indiana. Plus, the LMA’s Annual Convention will take place in conjunction with the WLAC. Thirty one semi-finalist auctioneers will compete in the contest comprised of an auctioneering and interview portion. The auctioneering contest will take …

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Details on Lower Restaurant Spending During Pandemic

Dan This Land of Ours, USDA-ERS

Numbers are in for the costs the pandemic had on restaurants. That’s today’s This Land of Ours. Detailed numbers are coming in for consumers’ food-buying habits during the pandemic. USDA Economic Research Service’s Food Expenditure Series shows significantly lower spending at restaurants during 2020, which was expected because of the many closures because of the pandemic. The question has been: …

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Fried Asking for a State of Emergency in Florida

Dan Florida

(TALLAHASSEE, FL/NSF) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking Governor Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in the state, due to the high cost of food and gas. Fried, who is also a Democratic candidate for governor, says an emergency declaration would allow her department the ability to suspend a law that requires gas stations to sell …

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Inflation and Peanut Butter

Dan Peanuts

While peanut butter prices are under the same inflationary pressures that many items are under, the base raw material, peanuts, has been extremely stable in price. Tyron Spearman has more details.

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Promoting EQIP in Georgia

Dan Conservation, Environment, Georgia, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia wants to remind producers and landowners across the state that technical or financial assistance can be applied for year-round through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. Georgia State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph says EQIP covers all …

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Promoting EQIP in Florida

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

Many producers and landowners are familiar with the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). But Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), invites you to learn more about all of the practices offered under EQIP. Through EQIP, assistance is available to help producers and landowners plan and implement conservation practices to provide environmental benefits on cropland, pasture, forestland, and associated agricultural land, …

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Promoting EQIP in Alabama

Dan Alabama, Conservation, Environment, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama wants to remind producers across the state that all of the programs they offer have continuous signup. Alabama State Conservationist, Ben Malone, says that includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. From time to …