Ag Groups Tell Senate to Reject House Disaster Bill

John Davis

A coalition of about a dozen agriculture groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Farmers Union, and the National Milk Producers Federation has urged Senate leaders to “refrain from supporting” any legislation resembling the House-passed disaster bill should it come up in the …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bill, Government

Calling for a Farm Bill Now at FPS

Cindy Zimmerman

As the Farm Progress Show kicked off in Boone, Iowa, representatives from several of the more than 45 organizations that make up the Farm Bill Now coalition spoke out to urge Congress to finish work on new agricultural policy legislation as soon as possible. Among the diverse representation in the coalition is the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “We represent 850 …

Audio, Corn, Farm Bill, Farm Progress Show, Industry News

Coalition Urges Congress to Pass a Farm Bill Now

John Davis

A coalition of 39 farm groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is calling on Congress to pass a new farm bill before the old one expires at the end of September. The group, Farm Bill Now, has an interactive web portal at www.FarmBillNow.com, that lets you connect with …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bill, Farm Progress Show, Government

Committee, Ag Leaders React to FARRM Bill Passage

John Davis

It took nearly 15 hours, but members of the House Agriculture Committee were able to pass their version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) Bill. Committee Chair Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) praised the bipartisan legislation: “This is a balanced, reform-minded, fiscally responsible bill that underscores our commitment to production …

AFBF, Corn, Dairy, Farm Bill, Government, USDA, wheat

Holding ABC News Liable

Chuck Zimmerman

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Should ABC News be Liable for Job Losses due to Lean Beef Trimmings Story?” Sixty percent of you said Yes and forty percent said No. As Cindy has said about this issue, “Yellow journalism makes pink slime.” Couldn’t agree more. Have you read various online stories about this? Maybe worse than the terrible and …

Farm Bill, ZimmPoll

Ag Day Activities in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The annual commemoration of the importance of agriculture is traditionally celebrated on the first day of spring to recognize the start of planting season, but the event in the nation’s capitol is held a little earlier in the month when Congress is in session so lawmakers can attend. This year the date was March 8 and the day in DC …

Audio, Farm Bill, Government, USDA

Vilsack Announces CRP Initiative at Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Before heading back to Washington for a White House conservation conference last Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Nashville speaking to corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers and announcing the opportunity for them to enroll a total of 1 million acres of land in a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative to preserve grasslands and wetlands. “By focusing 1 …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Farm Bill, USDA

Organizations Express Support for Conservation Title in the Farm

Melissa Sandfort

Today, 643 organizations, representing tens of millions Americans, expressed strong support for the Conservation Title of the U.S. Farm Bill in a letter sent to Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Frank Lucas (R-OK), as well as the ranking members of those committees. The letter urges the committees to provide …

Farm Bill

Researchers Call for “Redesign” of US Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

As work toward a new Farm Bill officially begins some are calling for a “whole-system redesign” of U.S. agriculture. A recent report from the National Research Council Committee on Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture has proposed a new direction for farm policy that would “incorporate innovative agricultural systems such as organic farming, grass-fed and other alternative livestock production systems, mixed crop …

Farm Bill, Farmers, Government