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Appointees Put on Farm Bureau’s New Promotion & Ed Committee

In an effort to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau members to convey the significance of agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s new national Promotion & Education Committee. Show More Summary

A new Food Safety Training Center Launched in Lebanon

A center for training workers on food safety measures was launched on Wednesday during a conference at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut’s Hamra district. Several Ministers and Economic Committees attended the event. Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan stressed during the conference that his ministry will obligate all factories to register their […]

GOP Senate Ag Committee Members Named

The new Republican majority Senate has made committee assignments for the 114th Congress. For the Agriculture Committee, the new faces are Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – all newly elected senators. Show More Summary

Georgia Senators Receive Committee Assignments

We’ve received word of committees Georgia Senators have been assigned to in the new Congress: David Perdue: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Budget Foreign Relations Judiciary Special Committee on Aging Johnny Isakson Finance Foreign...Show More Summary

Baylen Linnekin: Who Can Save Us from the Farm Bill's False Savings?

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

When the U.S. Senate voted in favor of passage of he 2014 Farm Bill in February, the buzz on Capitol Hill was that he bill would "save" taxpayers lots of money. A giddy press release put out by the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailing the passage of the Farm Bill as it awaited Pres. Show More Summary

Policy Issues; RFS; Immigration; and Ag Economy- Monday

Policy Issues Chris Casteel reported yesterday at The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) Online that, “Rep. Frank Lucas spent several years working his way to the top spot on the House Agriculture Committee. Once he became chairman, in 2011, he fought for three years to get a sweeping farm bill passed; it was arguably the most significant legislation […]

Policy Issues; Tax Extenders; Immigration; Ag Economy; and, Regulations- Friday

Policy Issues Tennille Tracy reported yesterday at the Washington Wire blog (Wall Street Journal) that, “Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a ‘thoughtful’ review of food stamps. “Mr. Conaway, a certified public accountant, has been critical of the food stamp program, formally known as […]

House Agriculture Chief Plans ‘Thoughtful’ Look at Food Stamps

Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a “thoughtful” review of food stamps.

Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Trade; Tax Extenders; Regs; Biotech; and, Immigration- Thursday

Policy Issues Bill Tomson reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘It’s never too early to start on the next farm bill,’ said Rep. Mike Conaway, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. “The Texas Republican, whose position in the top agriculture post was confirmed Tuesday by the House Republican Steering Committee, told POLITICO in an exclusive […]

Rauner adds 37 to transition team

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner continued his transition to the state’s top job Wednesday by naming 37 people to serve on 10 policy committees ranging from agriculture to economic development to veterans affairs.

Industry can work with new ag leaders, Guenther believes

The fresh produce industry can work with new Republican leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, said Robert Guenther, lobbyist and senior vice president of public policy for United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

Policy Issues; Ag Econ; Biotech; Trade; Immigration; CFTC; and Climate- Wednesday

Policy Issues- Farm Bill, Tax Extenders Chase Purdy reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, the likely next chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he has no plans to reopen the farm bill to make any substantial changes,’ Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson reports this morning. ‘Roberts, who sought far bigger cuts to food […]

Ag groups seek methyl bromide for emergencies

More than 80 U.S. agricultural and commodity groups have signed a letter to Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, asking that Congress pass legislation to allow emergency use of the fumigant methyl bromide.

Phil Hogan approved as commissioner

Phil Hogan has been approved as agriculture commissioner by a majority of over three to one in the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He was asked some awkward questions about his career in Irish politics,...Show More Summary

C’mon, Secretary Vilsack, help us out here

ARLINGTON, Va. — If the most essential element at the start of any pursuit is passion, then the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is off to a rousing beginning.

Democrats Change Their Tune On Political Contributions To Regulators

In a recent article about Republican Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring calling the CEO of CP Rail “arrogant,” the incumbent’s Democrat challenger Ryan Taylor made an interesting comment about PAC (political action committee) contributions received by Goehring. Show More Summary

‘Only a suicidal country doesn’t recognize the Bedouin problem': Israeli minister seeks ways to lower Bedouin birthrate

Haaretz reports: "Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said during a visit to the south on Sunday that he was examining ways to lower the birthrate of the Bedouin community. Shamir heads the ministerial committee on Bedouin resettlement arrangements. Show More Summary

Specialty Crop Committee to meet

The Specialty Crop Committee, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture on research priorities, meets Oct. 1-2 in Washington, D.C.

GOP Ag Commissioners say “Ditch the Rule”

Members of the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee hosted a conference call Monday to discuss the impact of federal overreach on agriculture in the United States and back the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in calling for the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule to be withdrawn. Show More Summary

New David Perdue Ad Features a Sonny Cameo

Republican Senate candidate David Perdue is out with a positive ad titled “Helping Georgia Grow.” It highlights agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry, talks about Perdue’s interest in serving on the Senate Agriculture committee, and features an appearance by his cousin and former Governor, Sonny Perdue. Here’s the text of the ad: Announcer: David Perdue grew up […]

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