AgNet Weekly: Brian Kuehl on Ag Tax Bill and Future of the Farm Bill

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

We’re reporting from Commodity Classic this week, where Sabrina talks with Brian Kuehl about a tax bill that’s important to agriculture and the future of the farm bill.  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 …

AgNet Weekly: USDA Specialty Crop Initiatives

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

The USDA is putting a focus on specialty crops with new investments and the Specialty Crop Competitiveness Initiative (SCCI), which is part of a larger effort to support specialty crop producers. In this episode of the AgNet Weekly, Sabrina Halvorson talks with USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and fifth-generation California farmer, Jenny Lester Moffitt about these new initiatives. …

AgNet Weekly: President Pauses Pending LGN Exports

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

The Biden administration issued a temporary pause on pending decisions on Liquefied Natural Gas exports – with the exception of unanticipated and immediate national security emergencies. During this period, they will “take a hard look” at the impacts of LNG exports on energy costs, America’s energy security, and the environment. Within a few hours, a group of Senators sent a …

AgNet Weekly: What’s Ahead for Ag in 2024

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

2023 was an active year for agricultural issues, so what can we expect for 2024? Host Sabrina Halvorson talks with Brian Kuehl, Director of Government and Public Affairs with the ag business consulting and accounting company Pinion. More with Brian Kuehl:Expert Says Ag Trade Needs Improvement RAPP a 2023 ‘Success’ Each week we highlight essential legislative and policy conversations affecting …

AgNet Weekly: USDA Assistance for Distressed Borrowers

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

The deadline is fast approaching for farmers who have done everything they can and simply remain behind on their loans, and want some help. The Inflation Reduction Act provided more than $3 billion for USDA to provide relief for distressed borrowers with certain Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct and guaranteed loans and to expedite assistance for those whose agricultural operations …

AgNet Weekly: Alexis Taylor on Trade Missions for Specialty Crops

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

USDA Undersecretary for Trade, Alexis Taylor, keyed in on trade missions that could be particularly beneficial to the nation’s specialty crop industries. Sabrina Halvorson talked with her at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention. Each week we highlight essential legislative and policy conversations affecting agriculture nationwide. Host Sabrina Halvorson is a 30-year media veteran known nationally for …

AgNet Weekly: Jaime Castaneda on USMCA Dairy Dispute

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

U.S. dairy organizations along with elected officials, U.S. trade officials, and ag leaders are expressing disappointment over the recent decision by the USMCA dispute panel in the challenge against Canada’s dairy trade quotas. The U.S. charged that the quotas don’t line up with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). Last year, a USMCA panel ruled with the U.S. However, Executive Vice …

AgNet Weekly: Senator Kevin Cramer on WOTUS, Farm Bill

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

Last month, the Senate committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on Examining the Implications of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency for Clean Water Act Protections of Wetlands and Streams. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) is on that committee and was at the hearing, and in fact asked several questions of the witnesses. Host Sabrina Halvorson talked with Senator …

AgNet Weekly: Secretary Vilsack on Rural Investments

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

President Biden visited a farm in Minnesota this week, where he announced more than $5 billion in new investments from his Investing in America agenda to advance rural prosperity, economic development, competition, and sustainability. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined him on the trip. Sabrina Halvorson spoke with Secretary Vilsack over the phone about the announcement and how the funding for …

AgNet Weekly: NCBA on New Speaker Mike Johnson

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly

The nation has a new Speaker of the House, and he’s someone already trusted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Host Sabrina Halvorson talks this week with NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, who said though Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana has not served on the Agriculture Committee, he has a strong voting record when it comes to …