NCBA Pushing Congress to Address Areas of Concern

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association led a letter supported by 37 affiliate state cattle associations, urging Congress to address critical areas of concern in the cattle and beef industries. They’re asking leaders of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to consider swift Congressional action in several areas, such as expanding beef processing capacity. They […]

Robinson: Many Americans Lack Needed On-line Skills

The push is on to get every business and home in rural America connected to the Internet with high speed broadband. However, according to Vickie Robinson, General Manager of Microsoft’s Global Airband Initiative, connectivity alone is not enough to bring people online. She recently told House Ag leaders, for many people, impediments to be able to […]

Schrier: Broadband Is Vital For Rural Washington

On Tuesday, Washington Representative Kim Schrier participated in a House Ag Committee hearing focused on rural broadband. Lawmakers focused not only on internet connectivity needs, but also opportunities that exist in rural America. Schrier said a lack of broadband access in rural Washington holds the farming community back in a variety of ways. “Limited rural […]

House Ag Hearing Focuses on Black Farmers

The House Agriculture Committee held a historic hearing Thursday reviewing the state of Black farmers in the United States. The hearing detailed decades of systemic racism and discrimination against Black Farmers by the USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers, “We will over the next four years do everything we can to root out whatever […]

Scott: Farmers Need To Be Able To Farm

Many in the farming community say, yes, America has plenty of food to feed its hungry, but producing it isn’t cheap. And as producer margins narrow, farm leaders worry the cost of production could become too much for many small operators to bear. During a House Ag hearing on food insecurity last week, Georgia Representative […]

Agriculture Responds to Senate Passage of $1.9T COVID-19 Package

On Saturday, the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The package, known as the American Rescue Plan, will extend federal unemployment benefits, offer up to $1,400 in direct payments to individuals earning less than $80,000, and increase funding for several nutrition assistance programs. Additionally, it authorizes several provisions to bolster rural and agricultural […]

NCBA: Moderates Will Decide The Future

Leadership of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association say moderates will control the power in Washington, D.C. over the next few years. In addition to Democrats controlling the House, Senate and the White House, they also control new leadership overseeing the Senate and House Agriculture Committees. However, NCBA Government Affairs Vice President Ethan Lane said he […]

Farm Groups Seek Passive of COVID-19 Bill with Relief for Minority Farmers

A coalition of agriculture groups urges lawmakers to support emergency relief for farmers and ranchers of color. In a letter to leadership of the House and Senate, the coalition says they are “committed to improving the financial and rural development interests of this nation’s Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and People of Color farmers and ranchers.” Specifically, […]

House Ag Leadership Discusses Agreements, Differences

COVID vaccine distribution, rural broadband, climate change, and racial equity were among the top issues House Ag leaders laid before USDA’s 97th Ag Outlook Forum last week. From his roots growing up on his grandfather’s farm, House Ag Chair David Scott described the plight of America’s black farmers through generations of discrimination and earlier slavery […]

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 […]