Bill Would Combat Anti-Competitive Practices in Meat Processing Industry

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley joined fellow Republican Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, in introducing legislation on meatpacking. The bill, the Meat Packing Special Investigator Act, would address the “anti-competitive” practices in the meat and poultry industries that threaten the nation’s food supply and national security. The legislation comes […]

Tester: QLA Does Not Provide Adequate Support for Feed Grain Producers

Senator Jon Tester says the Farm Service Agency has further delayed disaster assistance support for farmers who were hit by quality losses in 2018 and 2019. Despite the recent rollout of the Quality Loss Assistance Program, the Montana Democrat says some producers were left out of the assistance package. Tester says QLA does not provide […]

Perdue: It’s OK To Talk About Farmer Stress

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the real answer to epidemic farmer suicides is not just social, but economic, getting demand and prices back up. Perdue recently opened up about the sensitive subject of increasing farmer suicides. He said one-on-one help to those under great stress is only part of the answer. “We got this farmer […]

Ag Department Looking into Beef “Price-Fixing” Complaints

As the USDA’s probe into price-fixing allegations in the beef industry continues, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue would like some extra tools to deal with potential price manipulation across the industry. Perdue spoke during a Senate Appropriations Agriculture-FDA Subcommittee hearing last week. He told committee members that he’s concerned about the wide range in beef prices […]

Montana Senator Introduces Resolution to Restart COOL

Montana’s Jon Tester has introduced a resolution in support of reestablishing Country of Origin Labeling.  The COOL resolution puts forth a firm statement of support for the program, which was repealed back in 2015.  The introduction follows months of coordination and collaboration by Senator Tester, who’s been pulling together consumer and producer stakeholders to push […]

AFBF: Seeding Act Needed To Help Stressed Out Ag Community

The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the Seeding Rural Resilience Act that seeks to address rural stress and mental health.  Senators Chuck Grassley and Jon Tester introduced the legislation last week.  R.J. Karney, AFBF Congressional Relations Director, said the bill expands on similar provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill.   “This is an act that’s […]

Grassley, Tester, Introduce Rural Stress and Mental Health Legislation

Two farm state Senators are promoting legislation that seeks to curb farmer suicides.  Announced last month, the Seeding Rural Resilience Act would offer ways to help farmers and rural America deal with stress.  The bill was formally introduced this week by Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana, and Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.  The […]

Tester Introduces Mental Health Bill for Farmers

A bill introduced this week by Senator John Tester seeks to bring mental health resources and awareness to rural communities.  The Montana Democrat introduced the Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help reduce stress and suicides in rural America.  While Tester says, “there is no silver bullet,” he says the bill “provides better tools and resources […]