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

#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

Monarch Collaborative Urges Farmers to Build on Progress

Kelly Marshall

We’ve seen progress on behalf of promoting the conservation of monarch butterflies and expanding their habitat, but improvement still needs to be made, says the Monarch Collaborative. The 2016-2017 overwintering population estimates done by the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican National Commission of Protected Natural Areas show a decline of nearly 27 percent in the number of eastern monarch …

Government, pollinators

GMO Labeling Rule Faces Challenges

Kelly Marshall

Many ag organizations put in multiple hours to pass the Labeling Law this summer, but now a new executive order aimed at reducing regulations may create additional challenges to the final release of these rules.  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was working on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to get feedback on the best way to handle the new …

Government, Labeling

Wheat and Sorghum Producers Honor Sen. Roberts

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee was honored by both wheat and sorghum producers this week in Washington. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was presented with the National Sorghum Producers 2017 “Friend of Sorghum” Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Sorghum producers. “Senator Roberts is a formidable champion for U.S. farmers,” said Don Bloss, NSP …

Government, Sorghum, wheat

Ag Secretary is Last Minute Choice for Trump

Cindy Zimmerman

President-elect Donald Trump will officially round out his cabinet by nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture just a little more than 24 hours before the inauguration. As word about the choice spread Wednesday evening, most agricultural groups were waiting until the official announcement to respond, but one of the first was American Farm Bureau president Zippy …

AFBF, Government

USDA Devotes $252 Million to Conservation

Kelly Marshall

Applications are now being accepted for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Natural Resources Conservation Service will award up to $252 million for locally driven, public-private partnerships to: improve water quality, overcome drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agriculture viability. Projects must match or exceed federal requests with private dollars or local funds. …

Government, USDA

Farm Groups Stress Trade to Trump

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association and 15 other farmer organizations joined together last week to make sure President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence understand the importance of agricultural trade to rural America.  The groups sent a letter asking the administration to protect and enhance trade, specifically in regard to China, Canada and Mexico. “We know that securing positive benefits …

Ag Group, Government, trade

NCGA Welcomes 115th Congress

Kelly Marshall

The New Year has been rung in and the 115th Congress and the National Corn Growers Association have gotten right to work. President Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President Kevin Skunes and staff from the NCGA office in DC have already made their first set of rounds on Capitol Hill, making sure lawmakers know what’s important to corn farmers. It’s essential work, …

Ag Group, Government, NCGA