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Budget from Georgia Governor Includes Dollars for Agriculture

Dan Economy, Georgia, Legislative

The 2021 Georgia State Legislative Session has a full week under its belt, as lawmakers met this week to kick off things in Atlanta. Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) President Will Bentley told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman, early signs indicate there is money in the Governor’s budget for agriculture. To keep track of activities during the 2021 legislative session, go to …

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Stabenow Expected to Lead Senate Ag Committee

Clint Thompson Legislative

With Democrats winning the two Georgia runoff Senate elections last week and a 50-50 majority expected in the chamber, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow is poised to be the next Senate Agriculture Committee Chair. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will preside over the Senate, giving Democrats the slim majority. With full control by Democrats in Washington, D.C., farmers and ranchers can expect climate, …

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Georgia Legislative Session Set to Start Monday

Dan Georgia, Legislative

The 2021 Georgia State Legislative Session is set to start Monday, January 11th. Republicans have a 34-22 majority in the Senate and a 103-77 majority in the House. Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) President Will Bentley told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman, one major issue the General Assembly will deal with again this year is the budget. To keep track of activities during the 2021 legislative …

Groups Praise WRDA Passage in COVID Relief Bill

Clint Thompson Legislative, Water

The fiscal year appropriations bill that President Trump signed includes a reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The Hagstrom Report says it funds the Army Corps of Engineers civil works program that builds and maintains the ports and inland waterways that are vital to the agriculture industry. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says, “it’s important that Congress pass …

Some Ag Implications to Coronavirus Stimulus-Budget Funding

Clint Thompson Legislative

President Trump did sign the massive $900 billion virus relief and $1.4 billion agency funding package that Congress passed early last week. This includes a $26 billion infusion for agriculture and nutrition programs. Rod Bain looks at some of the areas addressed regarding agriculture in the federal budget and coronavirus stimulus package. The long-awaited relief adds $13 billion each to …

Senator Roberts Discusses Bipartisanship in Passing a Farm Bill

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We all know in today’s world it’s getting harder to see bipartisan work done on any bill, especially the Farm Bill in Washington D.C. But Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says the omnibus appropriations and COVID-19 bills they recently passed reflect his priorities. Speaking of the two pieces of legislation, the Kansas Republican says, “I’m proud to cast one …

NCGA Recognizes Long-Serving Agriculture Committee Leaders

Clint Thompson Corn, Legislative

As the 117th Congress comes to a close, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is taking time to recognize the tenure of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway, R-Texas. The three leaders will not be returning to elected office next Congress, taking a combined …

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More Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Legislative

Congress voted Monday to approve the $900 billion Covid relief package that will deliver much-needed aid to small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. According to a story from Tyron Spearman, that includes farmers and ranchers. The White House has said that President Donald Trump will sign the legislation.

Food and Ag Provisions in COVID Relief Package

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Legislative

Tax extenders and a $26 billion infusion for agriculture and nutrition programs are part of the massive $908 billion virus relief and $1.4 billion agency funding package that Congress overwhelmingly passed late Monday night. When it comes to agriculture, the long-awaited relief adds $13 billion each to agriculture and nutrition aid and includes support for those who were left out …

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Conservation Efforts Continue on Florida’s Farms, Ranches Amid Pandemic

Dan Conservation, Coronavirus, Farm Bill, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Soil, Water

(USDA/NRCS/FL) — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida continued its conservation work across the state despite a year marked with a pandemic and natural disasters. The agency helped farmers, ranchers and forest landowners implement conservation practices to help conserve natural resources and boost their bottom lines. Additionally, NRCS launched new online tools that increased the efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of crucial …