AgNet Weekly: IFPA Washington Conference, Ag Labor, Packaging

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

The International Fresh Produce Association recently held its Washington Conference, a chance for members and allies to learn more about policy issues and to talk with their elected officials about the issues that are important to the industry. To get an update, we’re talking with Rebeckah Adcock, Vice President of Government Relations for the International Fresh Produce Association. Each week …

AgNet Weekly: Jacqui Fatka of CoBank on Trade Issues

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

Jacqui Fatka, Industry Analyst for Farm Supplies and Biofuels at CoBank, joins us to talk about trade and the decline in some U.S. ag exports. Each week we highlight essential legislative and policy conversations affecting agriculture nationwide. Host Sabrina Halvorson is a 30-year media veteran known nationally for her award-winning, balanced, and accurate reporting. For more than 10 years, she …

Farm Bill Advances After House Ag Approval

Sabrina Halvorson Farm Bill, General, Legislative

The proposed farm bill is moving forward in the House. The House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the farm bill, H.R. 8467 Farm, Food and National Security Act of 2024, after several hours of debate that began Thursday morning. Agricultural groups are applauding several of the items included in the bill. Listen to the story: Ag Groups Respond to …

AgNet Weekly: Representative Mann on Canceled NASS Reports

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

A group of lawmakers is putting some weight on the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in response to NASS cutting off some important reports. U.S. Representative Tracey Mann (R-KS-01), who is also Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, is among lawmakers leading the charge to get a turn around from NASS. He joins host …

House and Senate Ag Leaders Release Farm Bill Versions

Sabrina Halvorson General

Ag leaders in both the House and Senate release their versions of the farm bill. Our Sabrina Halvorson was in Washington D.C. for the announcements. House and Senate ag leaders each released their plans, Wednesday, for the farm bill. During a special forum with Farm Broadcasters, House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15), said he plans to mark-up …

Growing Matters: BeSure! Campaign on Keeping Pollinators Safe

Sabrina Halvorson Environment, General, Pollinators, Pollinators

The BeSure! campaign from the Growing Matters Coalition helps growers protect bees and other wildlife. To learn more about pesticide safety for pollinators, we’re talking with Todd Hanson, Bayer Product Manager for corn seed treatments. About Growing Matters BeSure! Growing Matters is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to scientific discourse on the stewardship, benefits and alternatives of neonicotinoid insecticides in North America. …

AgNet Weekly: AFBF on EPA’s PFAS Rules

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its final rule to designate the two most common PFAS chemicals as hazardous materials under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or CERCLA, and while these chemicals are not used on farms, this rule could have a big financial effect on many farms around the nation. To get more understanding and information, we’re …

Growing Matters: BeSure! Campaign on Keeping Treated Seeds Covered

Sabrina Halvorson General

The BeSure! campaign from the Growing Matters Coalition helps growers protect bees and other wildlife. To learn more about what we can do, we’re talking with  Nick Tinsley, Seed Treatment Technical Field Representative with BASF, who says one important action is to keep treated seeds covered. About Growing Matters BeSure! Growing Matters is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to scientific discourse on …

AgNet Weekly: Rep. Austin Scott on Legislative Issues

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

This week we visit with Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) who tells us why he thinks there should be separate farm and nutrition bills. He also discusses farm labor and trade with host Sabrina Halvorson.  Each week we highlight essential legislative and policy conversations affecting agriculture nationwide. Host Sabrina Halvorson is a 30-year media veteran known nationally for her award-winning, balanced, …