Produce Industry Returning to In-Person to D.C. Conference

Members of the produce industry will come together face-to-face at the 2021 Annual Washington Conference on September 20-22 in Washington, D.C. “After a year of virtual events, we’re thrilled to bring our industry back together in person for one of the most important events of the year,” said United Fresh Chairman Danny Dumas. “It’s our […]

Ag Coalition Calls for More Ag Research Funding

A coalition of agriculture groups and universities are calling on Congress and the Biden administration to increase funding for agricultural research. The groups say an increase of $40 billion is needed for agricultural research. In separate letters to President Joe Biden and House and Senate leadership, the groups say, “We strongly support a robust investment […]

AFBF: Drought Highlights The Importance Of Improving Water Infrastructure

The ongoing drought here in the west highlights the need for water infrastructure improvements to endure future dry spells, that according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Shelby Hagenauer said drought is a problem for both agriculture and consumers. “For ranchers, annual grass growth is important for livestock forage, and that’s […]

NMPF: DAIRY PRIDE Act About Labeling Integrity

The National Milk Producers Federation said the new DAIRY PRIDE Act will ensure labeling integrity for dairy products. The legislation, recently reintroduced in the House and Senate, requires the Food and Drug Administration to enforce its own existing standards of identity on imitation dairy products. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen said the bill would clear up […]

Vilsack Calls On Congress To Make Conservation Efforts Profitable For Farmers

More often than not, farmers are excellent stewards of the land; many will call themselves the “original conservationists”. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently said American farmers could play an even bigger role in improving the overall health of the environment, but there’s a major road block for them. “We have 45 different practices that we […]

Salmonsen: U.S. Has Already Missed Out On Current TPA

The deadline for the U.S. to negotiate bilateral trade deals with the U.K. and Kenya under rules for streamlined Congressional approval has expired. Technically, current Trade Promotion Authority allowing up-or-down votes on trade deals with no amendments, expires June 30th. But American Farm Bureau trade advisor Dave Salmonsen said the actual deadline has already come […]

Ag Coalition Calls Infrastructure Proposal a Good Start

The Rebuild Rural Coalition calls President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure plan a good starting point for discussions with Congress. The group of more than 260 organizations representing rural communities and agriculture says in a statement, “We strongly encourage a bipartisan approach that considers the unique needs of rural infrastructure – and sets aside specific funding for […]

Will The 117th Congress Address Immigration Reform

The current Congress will address many big issues over the next two years that will have a direct impact on the farming community. From how the country rebounds from the COVID pandemic, to the best ways to expand trade opportunities, and how to improve a crumbling infrastructure nationwide. And while it may not be the […]

Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Protect Crop Insurance

The Crop Insurance Coalition is urging lawmakers to protect crop insurance from budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal year 2022 budget process. The coalition of 58 partners recently sent a letter to key lawmakers detailing the request. Letters were also sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. […]

PLC to Hold Legislative Conference Virtually Next Month

The Public Lands Council Tuesday announced their 2021 Legislative Conference will be held March 23-25. PLC volunteer leaders, staff, and affiliates will host legislative strategy sessions and workshops on how to successfully advocate the livestock industry in our nation’s capital. Attendees will hear from Members of Congress, policy experts, scientists, and other industry professionals who […]