Farm Groups Applaud CCC Agreement

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The decision by House lawmakers to include Commodity Credit Corporation funding in the continuing resolution demonstrates their support for America’s farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The stopgap measure provides nearly $8 billion for nutrition assistance programs, replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation and stipulate some Congressional oversight of spending through CCC. Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, …

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Nationwide Grower Recruitment Campaign

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MEMPHIS, TENN. – American cotton growers now can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard for verifying the sustainability progress of U.S. cotton. As consumers continue to demand eco-friendly products, enrolling in the Trust Protocol will help growers ensure markets for their cotton by verifiably demonstrating the sustainability record of American cotton in the global market. At a …


Florida Cattle Rancher Testifies in Senate EPW on ESA Modernization

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On Wednesday, cattle rancher Liesa Priddy from Immokalee, Florida testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC). Priddy told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that she supports S.4589, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments of 2020. WASHINGTON (Sept. 23, 2020) – Florida …


American Peanut Council Continues to Promote U.S. Exports

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One of the American Peanut Council’s (APC) core responsibilities is to administer an export promotion program for U.S. peanuts with the objective of increasing the consumption of U.S.-grown peanuts and peanut products internationally. As Tyron Spearman reports, APC continues its work in promoting U.S. peanuts around the world.

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Florida Cabinet Approves Six Conservation Deals

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NSF – With little comment, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday approved spending more than $9 million to protect 5,200 acres across five counties from future development. The deals will establish conservation easements on five agricultural properties totaling 3,367 acres. Such easements restrict future development while allowing landowners to continue using property for such things as agriculture. …

Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2020 Introduced

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On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer from Nebraska, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2020. The legislation would restore transparency and accountability in the cattle market by establishing regional negotiated cash minimums and equipping producers with more market information. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concluded its investigation this summer into potential …

NRCS, FEMA Collaborate to Provide Disaster Recovery Assistance

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking part in a joint Interagency Coordination and Operations (ICO) plan that enhances collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help communities recover from natural disasters and related emergencies. The plan is designed to improve the coordination, communication, and training between the …


USDA Reopens Comment Period for Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced earlier this month it has re-opened the comment period to the interim final rule published in October 2019 that established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. AgNet Media’s Brian German has the story. Written comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be sent via email to …


AFBF: Congress Must Leave Farmers and Ranchers Out of Political Fight

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Election year politics are putting ad-hoc farm safety net tools in jeopardy. The continuing resolution in the House of Representatives this week does not include a replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The $30 billion CCC fund is used, in part, to aid farmers and ranchers in times of economic emergencies. In a statement, American Farm Bureau Federation President …