Sugar Farmers Address Farm Bill Policy

Kelly Marshall

Galen Lee, President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, addressed the audience at Agri-Pulse’s Farm Bill Summit last week. The sugar industry is currently dealing with lower sugar prices than when Jimmy Carter was in office, so the importance of a strong safety net can’t be understated. “While we are smaller than other crops we still support 142,000 jobs in …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Sugarbeets

#FarmBillSummit Bridges Food/Farm Gap

Kelly Marshall

The “Bridging the Gap Between Farm and Food Policy” panel hosted by Agri-Pulse during their Farm Bill Summit was moderated by Agri-Pulse Senior Editor, Phillip Brasher. The panelists were all veterans of past farm bills and familiar with wrestling issues like SNAP. “I think the alliance between farmers and people who work in the nutrition field or people who worry …

Ag Day, Audio, Farm Bill, Food

Ag Groups Testify at House Hearing

Kelly Marshall

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock, and American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore both addressed the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management earlier this week. Both testimonies spoke about the need for a strong risk management plan in a weak farm economy, noting the current prices of both corn and soybeans. “Farm prices …

Ag Group, ASA, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government, NCGA

#FarmBillSummit Addresses Crop Insurance

Kelly Marshall

Tom Zacharias, president of National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), was among the speakers invited to address this week’s Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit in Washington, D.C. Zacharias stressed the role crop insurance plays in ensuring a strong and vibrant agricultural sector, which is critical to the well-being of our economy and society as a whole. “The role of both state and …

Audio, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Uncategorized

Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Setting up official National Ag Day Activities Tuesday in Washington, DC, Agri-Pulse is holding a Farm Bill Summit today, part of their on-going Farm Bill Series. Over 400 industry representatives, congressional staff members, and invited guests are gathering for the day long event that features farm bill veterans and policy experts discussing the road that lies ahead for the 2018 …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Policy

Wilkins Testifies to House Ag on Research Funding

Kelly Marshall

Richard Wilkins, soybean farmer from Greenwood, Delaware, Chairman of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and vice president of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NCFAR) testified before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research on the role of public-sector research in providing innovations for the ag community. His testimony urged members of Congress to support …

Ag Group, ASA, Farm Bill, Research

Ag Groups Ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net

Kelly Marshall

A total of 18 agriculture groups representing everything from sorghum to sunflowers, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, sent a letter to the congressional budget and appropriates committees asking for an increase in funding in the 2018 farm bill. The letter emphasizes the need for a strong safety net in light of the current economic conditions, pointing out the 50 …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bill, Government

AEM Highlights Top Priorities from #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

Anita Sennett and Nick Tindall represented the Association of Equipment Manufacturers as a partner of Commodity Classic last week. In a press conference the two pointed out the importance of the agriculture manufacturing industry on the U.S. economy. A new study, which will be released in its entirety on March 9, shows that 27 percent of manufacturing in the U.S. …

AEM, Audio, Commodity Classic, Equipment, Farm Bill

#Classic17 Hears From House Ag Committee Chair

Kelly Marshall

Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture Mike Conaway spoke to attendees of Commodity Classic in San Antonio, taking the traditional time slot  of the as yet unconfirmed Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue.  His remarks focuses on the upcoming Agriculture Bill. “I am committed– driven, quite frankly– to get the farm bill done on time,” Conaway emphasized. Having the rules of …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Farm Bill, Government

ASA Seeking Participation in Farm Bill Survey

Lizzy Schultz

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is conducting a survey of producers in states represented by ASA state soybean affiliates on key issues that are likely to be considered by Congress during the process of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations. The results of the survey will be collected and summarized for discussion at ASA’s Board of Directors meeting in St. Louis on …

Ag Group, ASA, Company Announcement, Farm Bill, Soybeans