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

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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

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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

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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 …

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Vilsack Named Secretary of Agriculture, Scott to Chair House Committee

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(NABB) — President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Tom Vilsack as the Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, served as agriculture secretary for eight years in the Obama administration and was a rural and agriculture policy adviser during Biden’s presidential campaign. He was also a contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.  Additionally, Congressman David Scott …

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NCC Welcomes Vilsack and Tai Nominations

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Legislative

(NCC) — The National Cotton Council of America looks forward to working again with U.S. Agriculture Secretary appointee Tom Vilsack on matters ranging from sustainable, climate smart agriculture to international trade opportunities and the farm safety net. NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia cotton producer and ginner, said, “The U.S. cotton industry believes that Tom Vilsack has the credentials necessary …

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AFBF Welcomes Nomination of Katherine Tai for U.S. Trade Representative

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Trade

(AFBF) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “We’re pleased President-elect Biden will reportedly nominate Katherine Tai to be the next U.S. Trade Representative. America’s farmers and ranchers rely on a fair marketplace to compete globally and it’s …