Alabama Farmers Welcome Tuberville to Senate Ag Committee

Dan Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, Legislative

It was announced this week that recently elected U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville from Alabama was appointed to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed the news. In a release, Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Tuberville for putting in the work to learn about the issues important to farmers and seeking to be a voice for Alabama agriculture in …


Florida Senators Question Governor’s Budget

Dan Economy, Florida, Legislative

We told you last week that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had proposed a record 96.6-billion-dollar state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Lawmakers this week started reviewing the proposal and after members of the Senate Appropriations Committee heard a presentation on his proposal, Senate budget chief Kelli Stargel signaled the Senate will take a more conservative approach when it draws up a …

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Tom Vilsack Approved by Senate Ag Committee

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The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday afternoon did approve President Biden’s nomination of Tom Vilsack to return to the helm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as Secretary of Agriculture. Many commodity and other agriculture groups are pleased to see Vilsack resume his role at USDA. According to a story from Gary Crawford, Tom Vilsack’s confirmation hearing to be the …


Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens the Door to Available Funding

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Legislative, USDA-NRCS

Due to the wide range of resources available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it can be difficult for farmers and ranchers to navigate and stay up to date with program changes after each farm bill. But, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants you to know with the newly updated “Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities”, it’s easy to find …


Florida Legislators Looking at State Finances Ahead of 2021 Session

Dan Coronavirus, Economy, Florida, Legislative

(NSF) — A top Florida economist told lawmakers last week that financial problems could linger for a couple of years because of the resurging coronavirus pandemic. This comes as first-time unemployment claims tripled in the first full week of 2021. Amy Baker, the coordinator of the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, says that while many business sectors recovered …

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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 …


Stabenow Expected to Lead Senate Ag Committee

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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 …