Newhouse Elected Chairman Of The Western Caucus

Dan Newhouse can add one more title to his resume; Chairman of the Western Caucus. On Thursday, the Caucus Executive Committee voted unanimously to elect Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse as Chairman for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 Members of Congress from […]

Walmsley: Farm Country Better Prepared For A Second COVID Wave

According to the American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley, agriculture is better prepared for a second wave of the coronavirus. With COVID-19 numbers spiking in several states as well as European counties, health experts warning of a new COVID wave coming this fall. But Walmsley said for the American farmer, this won’t look anything like the […]

Walmsley: COVID-19 Relief May Happen After Election Day

It does not appear that Congress will take up a new coronavirus relief package before the November 3rd election, but a post-election deal with billions for agriculture and other sectors now appears much more likely. The Senate will vote this week on some $500 billion in relief, including more for Paycheck Protection for small businesses, […]

AFBF Supports Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act

The American Farm Bureau Federation wants Congress to give federal land management agencies additional tools and resources to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires. AFBF and 13 state Farm Bureaus, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, sent a letter Wednesday to Senate leadership supporting the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. The Farm Bureaus […]

Ranchers Organizations Call Great American Outdoor Act A “Land Grab”

Kaitlyn Glover recently said the Great American Outdoors Act sounds wonderful but in actuality is a federal land grab. Glover serves as both the executive director of Natural Resources for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as well as the executive director of the Public Lands Council. “One part of the bill tries to address the […]

Trump Signs Great American Outdoor Act

On Tuesday, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act. In a signing ceremony, Trump said the legislation “builds on my administration’s unwavering commitment to conserving, and the grander, the splendor, of God’s creation.” The bill establishes a National Park and Public Lands Restoration Fund to provide up to $9 billion to fix backlogged maintenance […]

NCBA Plans To Work With Congress To Help Cattle Producers

Cattle producers were included in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, but the April 15th cut off for marketed cattle severely limited payments. Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they are working to correct that restriction. “Congress is looking at their COVID stimulus four package. And, one of our requests […]

Karney: Producers Need To Take Advantage Of Extra Time To Apply for PPP

When approved by Congress, the Paycheck Protection Program was designed to help struggling small businesses keep employees on their payrolls as they recover from coronavirus pandemic. R.J. Karney, Director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation said this program is incredibly important for farmers nationwide. “Even as the economy gradually begins to reopen, […]

Organic Farmers say USDA “Let Down” Organic Dairies

The Organic Farmers Association is asking members of Congress to ensure that USDA’s National Organic Program complies with the law and finalizes the Origin of Livestock rule as quickly as possible. A recent deadline for the National Organic Program to finalize the long-awaited Origin of Livestock rule has passed by. The Association says the rule is […]

NCBA Applauds Emergency Grazing Legislation

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral PASTURE Act of 2020. PASTURE stands for Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Easements. The Bill was introduced in the House by Kansas Republican Roger Marshall and Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig. Companion legislation in the Senate was introduced by South Dakota Republican John Thune […]