Vilsack Confirmed As Ag Secretary

By a 92-7 vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa Governor and two term Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to head the USDA yet again. There was really no debate Tuesday, but there was some bipartisan praise from Senate Ag chair Debbie Stabenow and ranking committee member John Boozman. “When it comes to strengthening our food […]

Biden Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress

Immigration legislation supported by President Biden has made its way to Congress. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Representative Linda Sanchez of California, both Democrats, introduced Biden’s immigration proposal into their respective chambers. The Hagstrom Report says both members of Congress say the bill will “create an earned pathway to citizenship for all 11 […]

NMPF: 2021 Holds Promise

National Milk Producers Federation President CEO Jim Mulhern says 2021 holds promise, with a big to-do list. In the new Congress, the organization seeks to advance dairy’s needs within COVID-19 relief legislation. Meanwhile, child nutrition programs are up for reauthorization, offering a chance to maintain and expand dairy options in school meals and build upon […]

NMPF Urges USDA to Extend DMC Signup Deadline

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging the USDA to extend signup for the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage to January 30th, 2021. The extension, NMPF said, allows dairy farmers to make better-informed choices while giving both milk producers and USDA staff strained by coronavirus-related challenges additional time to communicate. The current signup deadline of this […]

Groups Call for Stronger Approach to Preserving Common Food, Wine Terms

A coalition of agricultural groups is applauding a bipartisan letter sent this week by 111 members of Congress, urging stronger protections for American-made food and wine exports using common terms. The National Milk Producers Federation said the letter is an important message regarding the need for enhanced U.S. efforts to combat the European Union’s attempts […]

NMPF: FDA Must Enforce Fake-Dairy Rules

The National Milk Producers Federation wants the FDA to ensure imitation dairy product rules are properly enforced. On Thursday, the organization made the ask of the agency’s ombudsman, citing little indication of promised action. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, “The FDA’s Office of the Ombudsman must intervene to break the bureaucratic logjam.” The […]

NMPF: All Dairy Farmers Should Sign Up for DMC

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging all dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Enrollment in the program opened Tuesday. NMPF cites the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the expectation of volatile dairy margins in the next year, in the need for DMC protection. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, […]

NMPF Supports Efforts to Modernize Animal ID and Disease Traceability Requirement

The National Milk Producers Federation has submitted comments supporting the USDA’s proposal on the use of Radio Frequency Identification Tags, RFIDs. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposes RFID tags as Official Identification in cattle and bison. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, “A national animal identification system can provide immediate access to […]

NMPF: More Help Needed For Dairy Farmers

Current federal aid programs announced earlier this month to dairy farmers are considered good first steps in helping them navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related demand issues, but more will be needed, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. The Washington Ag Network’s Michael Clements has more. If you have a story idea for […]

White House Announces $19B To Help Farmers

On Friday, President Trump announced that help is on its way to assist farmers devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. “The Department of Agriculture will be implementing a 19 billion dollar relief program for our great farmers and ranchers as they cope with the fallout of the global pandemic,” President Trump announced. “Very honored to be […]