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Congress debates: Should tax dollars be used to buy junk food?

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The House Agriculture Committee debated Thursday whether taxpayers should pay for sweetened beverages.        

South Dakota House panel passes industrial hemp bill

A House committee has approved a bill that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 9-2 to approve the … Click to Continue »

Why Is Wyoming's Senate Agriculture Committee Voting on Anti-Abortion Bills?

Did you know that in Wyoming, women are cattle? That’s the message Republican lawmakers are sending by passing two anti-abortion bills through the Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee. Read more.....

Legislative committee passes 2 abortion bills

The Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee has endorsed two abortion related bills. House Bill 116 would make it a felony to sell tissue from an … Click to Continue »

Wheat and Sorghum Producers Honor Sen. Roberts

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee was honored by both wheat and sorghum producers this week in Washington. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was presented with the National Sorghum Producers 2017 “Friend of Sorghum” Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Show More Summary

Senate Ag Committee Announces Farm Bill Hearing

Pat Roberts, (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, have announced the first hearing the next Farm Bill reauthorization. The hearing will take place on February 23, 2017 at the McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. Show More Summary

Trump finalizes Cabinet with agriculture pick

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue served on Donald Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his campaign.

House of Lords launches Brexit and agriculture enquiry

The House of Lords Energy and Environment Sub-Committee of its EU Committee has launched a short inquiry into the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture: Brexit I will be giving evidence next week.

Farm Bill Talk at #AFBF17

There was a lot of interest in the development of the next farm bill at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting this week in Phoenix. A session on the topic featuring a couple of top agriculture committee staffers was standing room only. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher, who moderated the session, says Congress has a... Read More

New Senate Ag Committee Members Include AG Nominee

One of the new members of the Senate Agriculture Committee may be a short-timer. “I welcome Senators Steve Daines from Montana and Jeff Sessions from Alabama to the Agriculture Committee,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) who was selected to continue as chairman of the committee. Show More Summary

The Republican Congress Seeks to Make Big Changes to Our Food Stamp System

GOP leaders of the House Agriculture Committee released a review of SNAP this week that suggests areas of the program could see some reshaping in the coming years.

House Republicans plan to overhaul nation’s food stamps program

The GOP majority on the House Agriculture Committee released a two-year review of the program on Wednesday that stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but hints at areas where Republicans could focus: strengthening work...Show More Summary

The looming fight on states’ rights and animal welfare

We knew before the election that Donald Trump’s agricultural advisory committee included a long list of extraordinarily strident voices against animal welfare. Now, according to a leaked memo of talking points prepared for that group, we have a window into... Show More Summary

New Kansas congressman looks to shape agriculture policy

Roger Marshall says his top priority in Washington is to secure a seat on the House Agriculture Committee so that he can help protect crop insurance and shape farm policy. … Click to Continue »

New Jersey Assembly Panel Approves Cat Declawing Ban

In what could become a landmark decision, the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in New Jersey approved of a bill (titled A3899/S2410) that would deem declawing an act of animal cruelty, except in cases where it isShow More Summary

Zimfo Bytes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is seeking nominations for the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics, which advises the Secretary of Agriculture on the scope, timing and content of agricultural surveys and censuses. Show More Summary

Poultry products win EuroTier innovation awards

An independent expert committee appointed by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) determined the winners of the Innovation Award EuroTier from among 251 approved applications for product innovations, based on stringent criteria.

Stop Defaming SNAP, Start Helping Deserving Families

As a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I have sat through too many hearings on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Fourteen since February 2015, to be exact. Yet, none of these hearings have resulted in any meaningful action for the program. Show More Summary

Goblygiadau Brexit i amaethyddiaeth Cymru

Yesterday I gave evidence to a Welsh Assembly committee on the implications of Brexit for Welsh agriculture. The paper I prepared for them is reproduced below. The standard of the questioning was high and a central theme was whetherShow More Summary

While Most Republicans Stampede Away From Trump, One Group Remains Loyal

Last Friday, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign announced additions to his Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee: Two Nebraska farmers joined a group of more than 60 Republican elected officials and agribusiness execs,...Show More Summary

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