Ag Groups Respond to Dicamba Decision

Dan Agri-Business, Environment, Legislative, Regulation

Agriculture groups around the nation responded to the EPA’s decision to allow farmers to use existing stocks of dicamba for the upcoming planting season. The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter to EPA that read, “We are grateful to EPA for hearing farmers’ and ranchers’ concerns and addressing them quickly to ensure we have access to the critical tools …


NFU Leads Letter to Congress: Uphold Packers and Stockyards Act Progress

Dan Cattle, Legislative, Marketing, National Farmers Union (NFU)

Last week, the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to Appropriations Committee leadership (.pdf) opposing restrictions that would undo work to revitalize the Packers and Stockyards Act. The letter, signed by national, regional, and state organizations, points out that “opponents of competitive agricultural markets are seeking to roll back the work USDA has already completed, prevent USDA from making …


AVMA Plans Annual Legislative Fly-in

Dan Cattle, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Livestock News, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

Veterinarians will visit Capitol Hill next Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities with lawmakers. As part of the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s (AMVA) annual legislative fly-in, advocates will urge congressional offices to support and cosponsor the Rural Veterinary Workforce Act. AVMA President Dr. Rena Carlson says, “We need to do more to attract and retain veterinarians in rural and underserved areas, …


Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson, Legislative Leaders Launch Hurricane Idalia Recovery Programs for Florida Farmers

Dan Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Legislative

(FDACS/TALLAHASSEE, FL/January 16, 2024) — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson and legislative leaders announced the launch of two agricultural disaster recovery programs with over $112 million in funding to help Florida farmers, ranchers, and growers rebuild and recover from Hurricane Idalia. Impacted agricultural producers can now apply for the Agriculture and Aquaculture Producers Natural Disaster Recovery Loan Program and the Silviculture Recovery Program. …

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Government Shutdown Continued Threat is Toxic for Ag Businesses

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Legislative

We’re once again hearing talk of a possible government shutdown and one expert says the continued threat is toxic for ag businesses. With the threat of a government shutdown once again looming, Speaker Mike Johnson faces pushback from his own party over a potential spending deal with Democrats. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane is …


2024 Farm Bill Expectations

Sabrina Halvorson Farm Bill

What’s ahead for the farm bill? One expert says it could be passed early this year. Brian Kuehl is the Director of Government and Public Affairs with Pinion, an ag business consulting and accounting firm. He, like many others, had wanted to see a farm bill passed in 2023. “Congress did not get that done, in part because they were …

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Lawmakers Discuss Pesticide Regulations

Dan Agri-Business, Funding, Legislative, Regulation

The issue of pesticide regulation came up a few times during the House Agriculture Committee Member Day Hearing last week. Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was the first to give comments at the hearing and the first to broach the subject. He said state pesticide regulations need to fall in line with federal controls. “The ability to produce abundant feed, food, …

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Lawmaker Takes on California’s Prop 12

Dan Agri-Business, Legislative, Livestock, Pork

California’s Prop 12 was once again in the spotlight before the House Agriculture Committee at last week’s “Member Day” hearing. The hearing allowed lawmakers who are not on the ag committee to promote some of their agricultural and nutrition priorities for the next farm bill.  Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, pointed to the costs for pork producers because of California’s Proposition …

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Farm Bill, Specialty Crops Discussed During House Ag Member Day

Dan Agri-Business, Legislative

The House Agriculture Committee met for Member Day, Wednesday, a day when all Members of the House are invited to share legislative interests and priorities with the Chairman and the Ranking Member. Chairman Glenn G.T. Thompson started the conversation by emphasizing how important the Farm Bill is. “Now, these men and women have struggled with fractured supply chains, considerable input …


New Proposed California Anti-Ag Measure Could Have National Implications

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Legislative

A proposed northern California anti-ag measure could have an effect nationwide. The measure in Sonoma County would eliminate animal agriculture in that county. “It would outlaw all animal agriculture in the county. That would affect dairies that would affect poultry operations,” said Director of Political Affairs with the California Farm Bureau, Steven Fenaroli, who explained those are two of the …