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Senate Ag to Hold Farm Economy Hearing

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the farm economy conditions Thursday, May 25th. Announced by leadership of the committee, Senators Pat Roberts, and Debbie Stabenow, the hearing is titled “Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America.” The hearing is recognized as the start of the Senate Agriculture Committee farm bill hearings. It follows two “boots on …

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Trump Plan to Balance Budget Includes Farm Subsidy Cuts

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

A budget plan President Donald Trump is expected to submit to Congress Tuesday includes steep cuts to farm subsidies, according to Bloomberg News. The 2018 budget proposal, which would begin the process of balancing the budget within ten years, would make cuts to mandatory spending on an array of social programs while sparing the Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs. …

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Canada and Mexico React Cautiously to NAFTA Letter

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Canada and Mexico issued carefully worded statements following the announcement letter outlining President Donald Trump’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was sent to Congress, according to the Hagstrom Report. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said: “We are at a critical juncture that offers us an opportunity to determine how we can best align …

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$4.7 Million to Support University Agricultural Science Programs

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $4.7 million in available funding to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program (NLGCA). “Colleges and universities with strong agricultural science programs need support so they can address our nation’s challenges to …

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May is CalFresh Awareness Month

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

California has the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the nation. Our state’s farmers and ranchers are proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and improving health. Throughout the month of May, our state is highlighting the importance of providing nutrition assistance to low income households through the CalFresh Program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is encouraging …

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NCC: Maintaining NAFTA Benefits is Crucial

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Trade

The National Cotton Council says the United States must remain a participant in a vibrant North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because it has been and can continue to be a very positive trading platform for U.S. agriculture, including cotton and textiles. NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee said the NAFTA trading partners of Canada and Mexico are significant markets for United …

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National FFA Organization Looking for Convention Newsroom Interns

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent graduates in fields like public relations, journalism, telecommunications, or similar fields, to help share news and feature stories from the national convention. The 90th annual FFA Convention is October 25-28th in Indianapolis. Students and graduates get a small stipend, inside access to the event, tips on becoming a better …

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Perdue: U.S. Ag in Dire Straits

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

Sonny Perdue made his first appearance before the House Agriculture Committee this week as Secretary of Agriculture. He says the current U.S. agricultural economy is in “ dire straits ” but that could be helped by a stronger trade presence abroad. Perdue says he sees challenges ahead as President Trump’s initial budget cuts the USDA allocation by 21 percent. “We’ve …

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Possible Key Points in the NAFTA Renegotiations

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

In his campaign for the White House, Donald Trump stressed the dangers of consistently running a trade deficit. A USA Today article says the administration will likely focus on ways to cut into the trade deficit when renegotiations formally begin on the North American Free Trade Agreement. One key point that Trump wants to revise is the “Rules of Origin.” …

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White House Sends NAFTA Redo Notification Letter to Congress

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Farm Journals Ag Web Dot Com reports that the Trump administration has officially laid out its strategies to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico in a letter delivered today to Congress. The administration’s main goal is to update the Clinton-era trade deal. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently wrapped up two days of meetings with …

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Wheat Industry Looks for New NAFTA Opportunities, But Priority Remains Do No Harm

Dan Grain, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) urge caution as the Trump Administration officially submitted to Congress its notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The U.S. wheat industry welcomes the opportunity for improving the framework for cross border wheat trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but would …

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Dairy Industry Welcomes Swift Action by USTR Lighthizer to Launch NAFTA Modernization Efforts

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent today to Congress, Ambassador Lighthizer outlined some of the areas of the agreement that are …

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Tax Reform Central to Improving Economy

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Farmers and ranchers need the economic benefits that will follow from tax reform, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress in testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee. Weather, high debt-service, a lack of liquidity and the difficulties of passing on land from one generation to the next all make taxation an important issue for farmers and ranchers. …

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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 …

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NCBA Joins Canadian, Mexican Partners in Presidential Letter

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

“Don’t Jeopardize Our Success Under NAFTA” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined its cattle-industry partners in Canada and Mexico in sending a joint letter to the leaders of those two nations and to President Trump, urging the three leaders to not “jeopardize the success we have all enjoyed as partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” The letter to President …

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USDA Certifies Another Rural Business Investment Fund

Dan Industry News Release

Fund to Help Capitalize Small Rural Businesses Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA has certified the Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV LP as an investment pool for small and startup rural businesses. “This certification is another tool USDA provides to help rural businesses, to create jobs and to attract private-sector capital to rural communities,” Glendenning said. …

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American Farm Bureau Looks Forward to NAFTA Renegotiation

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “With the delivery of the required formal notice to Congress, the Trump administration has officially taken the first step toward re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The American Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the administration, Congress, other agricultural groups, and officials in Canada and …

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2016 California Cost of Milk Production Annual Available

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

California’s Dairy Industry in 2016 The California Dairy Statistics Annual for 2016 reported total milk production was down 1.1 percent, compared to the previous year, the number of dairy cows declined 0.6 percent, milk per cow was down 0.5 percent, and the number of dairies decreased by 3.2 percent. The twelve month average price paid to California producers for farm …

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Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Water

Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Legislation known …

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NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

Following notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which …