House Ag Appropriations Committee Approves 2021 Bill

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The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved the fiscal year 2021 agriculture appropriations bill this week. Committee Chairman Sanford Bishop Jr, a Georgia Democrat, says the bill rejects the Trump administration’s drastic cuts and “instead builds on the four COVID-19 supplemental bills Congress passed this spring.” The bill includes total discretionary funding of $23.98 billion, representing a $487 million increase from …

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DeSantis Signs Bills on Cleaning Up Waterways

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative, Water

(NSF) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday measures that include bigger fines for dumping pollutants into waterways and new rules for septic tanks and agricultural runoff, though environmentalists said the rules don’t go far enough. One of the measures (HB 1091) makes numerous changes in the amounts and duration of penalties for violating environmental laws. The other …

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Farm Bureau Says More Farmer Assistance is Necessary

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking lawmakers to provide more critical resources to farmers hurt by COVID-19’s impact on the food system. It is also looking for more help for rural communities struggling with the pandemic’s impacts. Many of the country’s struggling farmers were left out of the initial round of assistance, while some, who did receive help, are …

Growing Climate Solutions Act Promotes Farmer Engagement with Carbon Market

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The bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act that was recently introduced is aimed at addressing climate change concerns by supporting more participation in carbon markets.  The bill would establish a certification program to be administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide more efficiency and transparency to the process of carbon trading. Several agricultural industry groups including the American …

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Stabenow Introduces Food Supply Protection Act

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative

Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced legislation on Wednesday to help protect the food supply after the COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on farmers, workers, food banks and families. Stabenow, the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee, says, “This bill will help strengthen our food supply.” The Food Supply Protection Act will support food banks and non-profits to help …

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$16 Billion in USDA Aid Now Available; Commissioner Fried Urges Farmers to Apply

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Tallahassee, Fla. – Applications opened on Tuesday for $16 billion in U.S. Department of Agriculture financial support through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to help American farmers impacted by COVID-19. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is urging all eligible Florida farmers and ranchers to apply immediately through their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. …

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CFAP Sign-up Starts Today; Secretary Perdue Thanks Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative

Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) starts today at your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently told AgNet Media that it’s important to get these funds to farmers to help their cash flow. CFAP will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted …

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Florida Cabinet Meeting Scheduled

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet are scheduled to get together next week for their first meeting since the state started feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the News Service of Florida, DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody are slated to meet May 28, according to information …

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President Trump on New CFAP Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative

During a special presentation at the White House Tuesday, President Trump announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). According to a story from Gary Crawford, the program is designed to help farmers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP will provide vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5%-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 …