Bacus: Beef Exports Strong Despite Pandemic

Over 242,000 metric tons of U.S. beef has been exported to Japan between January 1st, 2020 and early March 2021. Kent Bacus of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said not only is that a significant increase considering the trade impediments cause by the pandemic it’s an indication of the success of global marketing efforts over […]

Vilsack Lays Out Food Nutrition, Security Goals

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently presented four major food nutrition and security goals of the Biden Administration as well as the USDA for the next four years. “I think first and foremost we obviously have to modernize our nutrition security and food security system, and our assistance program. Second goal is to expand the availability […]

American Rescue Plan Expected to Clear House

The much-anticipated $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is expected to recieve a narrow final approval in the House Wednesday, after the Senate OKed a revised version, last weekend. The bill contains billions more for Ag and food programs. Combined food and Ag provisions in the bill total nearly $23 billion, including more than $10 billion […]

Baldwin Lays Out Ag Appropriation Priorities

Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin will serve as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture during this Congress. She said one of her top goals is helping the farming community recover from COVID-19. “There were a lot of underlying challenges to dairy and agriculture prior to the pandemic but the pandemic, as we know, wreaks […]

COVID-19 Assistance Package Includes Provisions For Rural America

House and Senate Ag Democrats have agreed on budget instructions for the farm, food and rural part of the party’s massive COVID-19 relief bill, which party leaders hope will pass in the next few weeks. There’s $3.6 billion to strengthen the food supply chain and feed the hungry. “Many essential food workers were on the […]

NCBA Sets 2021 Policy Priorities

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association set its Top 2021 Policy Priorities that feature a focus on advocating for a business climate that increases opportunities for producer profitability. “There’s no doubt last year was a difficult one for cattle producers and we must work to implement sound policy and focus our attention on the legislative and […]

Cantwell Calls On Administration To Prioritize Those Who Move Food

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to move the nomination of Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary on to the full Senate for a vote. At Wednesday’s hearing Washington Senator Maria Cantwell noted that if confirmed, she will call on Buttigieg and President Biden to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for workers helping to move food products. […]

JBS Offers Bonuses to Workers Who Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Meatpacker JBS and chicken company Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation say they’ll pay 100 dollars to American workers who voluntarily get the COVID-19 vaccine. Early in the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of U.S. meatpacking workers were infected, so the bonus will hopefully encourage employees to get the inoculations. COVID-19 outbreaks temporarily halted most meat production in the spring […]

What Can Protein Sector Expect Into 2021? Ag Economist Weighs In

After a very difficult 2020, what’s the expectation for the protein sector as we look ahead to 2021? Oklahoma State University Ag Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says as he looks ahead, COVID-19 remains the big issue. “As much as we’d like it to be a past issue, it’s not yet a past issue. So, we’re […]

Farming A Primary Focus Of Little’s State Of The State

During his State of the State address January 11th, Idaho Governor Brad Little addresses several issues key to the state’s farming community. He said his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan will invest in in needed agriculture and water infrastructure projects, which he said would aid in the economic vitality of rural Idaho. “Agriculture, and our economic […]