Farm Bill Conference Committee Meets This Week

cindy zimmerman

The 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee will hold its first public meeting this week on Wednesday, September 5 at 9:30 am Eastern. Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced the meeting last month, saying that they are “committed to working together …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Farm Bill, Government, NFU

Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU

cindy zimmerman

President Donald Trump made no direct mention of agriculture in his first State of the Union address, but he did address important issues for agriculture and rural America including infrastructure and immigration, trade and taxes. Trump called on Congress to “produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs,” …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, NFU, USDA

Survey Spurs Farm Groups to Action on Opioid Crisis

Two of the nation’s largest farm groups plan to work together in response to staggering numbers released in a recent survey on opioid abuse in rural America. The Morning Consult survey shows farmers and ranchers are more affected than the rest of their rural neighbors, with 74 percent confirming they’ve been directly impacted by opioid abuse. The American Farm Bureau …

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The Paris Accord and Agriculture

cindy zimmerman

Unlike everyone else, agriculture interests had very little to say about President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “The Earth’s …

AgWired Precision, Climate Change, environment, Government, NFU, USDA

NFU Joins Field to Market

Joanna Schroeder

Sustainability continues to be a key initiative among farmers around the world. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, an initiative to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of agriculture production in the United States. Just last week Cool Planet announced its support of the program …

Agribusiness, NFU, Resources, sustainability

Ag Groups Respond To EPA Scrutiny of Enlist Duo

Taylor Truckey

Yesterday the American Soybean Association partnered with a coalition of major farm groups to issue a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy pressing the EPA to withdraw its request to vacate the registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide, stressing the importance of and highlighting the urgent need for new modes of action to tackle resistant weeds on farms across the …

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Farmers Need RFS Certainty to Remain Profitable

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce final rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this November after months of delay and push back from the agriculture and biofuels industries. As it currently stands, the volume levels set for 2015 and 2016 are lower than the law mandates. As a result, a new white paper finds that American farmers …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cotton, Energy, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU

NFU Pleased with the Future of Drones

Kelly Marshall

Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has praised the FAA for the work it has done to address the challenges and future of UAVs.  Recently two individuals at the administration have been selected to spear head the integration of UAVs into U.S. airspace. “UAVs have significant potential to benefit America’s family farmers and ranchers,” said Johnson. “NFU …

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Lawmakers Ask FDA to Help Farmers with FSMA

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats from Connecticut, this week joined with 12 other members of Congress in calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement programs to help family farmers and ranchers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In letters to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the lawmakers stressed the importance …

Government, NFU, Regulation, Safety