water rights

Water Rights Protection Act Offers Relief from Federal Water Extortion

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

The Water Rights Protection Act, introduced in the House, could bring U.S. ranchers much-needed relief from ongoing efforts by the federal government to extort privately held water rights from law-abiding citizens, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s time to put a stop to federal strong-arming of ranchers by a government that owns the majority of the land for …

New Protections For Immigrant Workers on Horizon

Brian German Labor and Immigration, Legislative

A California legislative committee recently amended a proposed bill that will define the individual rights of immigrant workers while on the job.  The Immigration Worker Protection Act (AB 450) would protect immigrant farmworkers against self-audits of I-9 documentation from their employer. The bill would require that employers must ask for a warrant prior to giving the U.S. Immigration and Customs …

ICFA Lobby for Practical Cannabis Growing Guidelines

Brian German Legislative, Regulation

Members of the International Cannabis Farmers Association (ICFA) met with lawmakers and regulators in Sacramento to lobby on behalf of sun-grown cannabis farmers.   The visit comes at a crucial time during the process of establishing the legislative framework for adult-use of marijuana in California in the coming year.  The ICFA is urging lawmakers to consider the implications of requiring …

panetta

Panetta Establishes Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Research

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) have joined together to establish the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus. The Caucus is dedicated to topics related to agriculture research, innovation, and mechanization efforts. As co-chairs, Reps. Panetta and Davis hope to educate and engage with their fellow members of Congress on these issues. As Congress prepares for the 2018 …

political

USDA Political Appointment Nominees Expected Soon

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

Nominees for The Department of Agriculture’s political post within the agency are expected within a month or so. Sources close to the Secretary have allegedly told Politico that Perdue has made his picks for key positions within USDA, and those picks could be announced in June. There are nearly a dozen political positions that require confirmation by the U.S. Senate, …

subcommittee

White House Budget Proposal Cuts Ag Spending $46 Billion

Dan Funding, Industry News Release, Legislative

A Reuters report says President Trump’s budget proposal contains $46.54 billion in cuts to government funding in the Ag sector, with those cuts spread out over ten years. The biggest proposed cut is $38 billion dollars from farm support programs. Those cuts include new limits on federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums and a cap on potential commodity program payments. …

nmpf

NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Legislative

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting here. The NCIMS is a national cooperative regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and …

Roberts Suggests no New Farm Bill Funding

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

Leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee indicated there would be no additional money to spend in the next farm bill while touting the cost savings from the most recent farm bill. During a farm bill field hearing in Michigan over the weekend, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said: “The reality is we are going to have to do more …

Changes Needed in Farm Bill Safety Net Outlined at Senate Hearing

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Legislative

Dairy farmers in Michigan and across the nation need federal lawmakers to revise the safety net created in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide them adequate risk management protection, according to a dairy farmer from eastern Michigan who testified in Frankenmuth on Saturday at a Senate hearing. Darrin Siemen of Harbor Beach, Mich., told a Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing …

Finding a Balance for Food Labeling

Taylor Hillman Consumer News, Legislative

Newly appointed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue answered questions from members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Perdue was asked about food labeling and what the new administration might do regarding the matter. “Certainly we are not prepared to talk about the implementation of genetically engineered or biotech labeling, and that’s a complicated issue,” he said. “But I am pretty …

spending

New Spending Bill’s Impact on Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

Congress put together a spending package on Sunday night that would keep the government running through the rest of fiscal year 2017. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the bottom line for agriculture is Congress appropriated $153.4 billion in mandatory and discretionary spending levels at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. That number is almost $13 …

tax reform

Tax Reform by August Unlikely

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative 263 Comments

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mi-new-chin) says getting tax reform legislation on the President’s desk by August appears unlikely. Mnuchin told the Financial Times this week the tax reform timeline is “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point,” in referring to his prior comments on finishing tax reform by August. He cites health care reforms as the delaying factor, but …

seed industry

Seed Industry to “Storm the Hill”

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Seeds 257 Comments

Seed industry advocates will “Storm the Hill” as part of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Legislative Fly-in, Wednesday, April 5, in Washington, D.C.  “Storm the Hill” is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Gaetz; Why Abolish the EPA

Dan Environment, Legislative 66 Comments

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens.

usda

USDA Proposes Revisions to Genetic Engineering Policy

Dan Genetically Modified, Legislative 48 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to …