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Downturn in farm economy complicating new Farm Bill efforts

As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to … Click to Continue »

Pheasants, Quail Forever Recruit Nebraska, Georgia Natives for NYLC

Pheasants, Quail Forever’s NYLC has worked on bringing attention to the Federal Farm Bill and its significance to wildlife habitat conservation. This post Pheasants, Quail Forever Recruit Nebraska, Georgia Natives for NYLC appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News.

Plate of the Union launches farm bill initiative

The Environmental Working Group and Food Policy Action are trying to get a head start on the upcoming Farm Bill.  Their new initiative: Plate of the Union. This has four objectives: Stop taxpayer subsidies going to Big Ag polluters – instead, invest in healthier farms. Protect and improve vital anti-hunger programs. Increase federal investments in […]

Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever Hire Bethany Erb to Focus on Farm Bill Priorities

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever named Bethany Erb as the organization’s new government affairs representative and its first Washington, D.C.-based employee. This post Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever Hire Bethany Erb to Focus on Farm Bill Priorities appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News.

Ag Groups Support Farm Bill Funding

The 2014 Farm Bill helped reduce the nation’s deficit with budget cuts, but further cutbacks in 2018 could cause a serious threat, says a letter from 502 agriculture groups, nutrition organizations, conservation departments and local governments. Show More Summary

Frederick County considers relaxing farm alcohol rules

Frederick County officials are considering relaxing restrictions on farm distilleries, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms. The bills are up for discussion by the County Council on Tuesday afternoon. County Executive … Click to Continue »

Iowa Policy Advocacy 101

National policy tends to draw an enormous amount of attention - especially these days. And for good reason. Policies such as the Farm Bill, Clean Power Plan and Affordable Care Act affect the entire country. But it is important to focus on state policy, as well. Show More Summary

Paul Qui Is Being Sued for Unpaid Bills

An ingredient supplier says he owes them nearly $25,000 Paul Qui is facing a lawsuit from local farm-focused distributor Farm to Table, the Statesman reports. The restaurant supplier claims that the chef hasn’t paid for goods that were delivered to his namesake restaurant, now closed and reopened as a brand new spot. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Series Debuts

Agri-Pulse has debuted the first in a series of in-depth articles on the next farm bill, “Every Farm Bill is Unique – the last one was a doozy.” “The Seven Things You Should Know Before You Write the Next Farm Bill” series will culminate in a Farm Bill Summit at the National Press Club on March 20. Agri-Pulse Editor Sara... Read More

Raw milk bill part of package to boost farm and ranch income

The bill to make the direct sale of raw milk legal in Montana is part of a package to boost farm and ranch incomes in the Big Sky State. The package includes cottage food legislation along with an agri-tourism section in addition to allowing milk to be sold without the benefit of pasteurization. All three topics are... Continue Reading

Bill would prohibit fish farming in US Great Lakes waters

A member of Congress is sponsoring a bill to prohibit fish farming in waters of the Great Lakes within the United States. Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan says poorly … Click to Continue »

NY lawmaker pulls bill exempting farm dogs from welfare laws

Legislation in New York seeking to exempt farm dogs from some animal neglect protections has been withdrawn after facing criticism from animal welfare groups. The bill aimed to ensure farmers … Click to Continue »

Audio: NDFB Pres. Says Bill Requiring Permission to Enter Land Is About “Respect, Safety, and Private Property”

“This bill is about respect, safety, and private property,” North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies told me on the radio during an interview yesterday (audio is below). The legislation he’s talking about is SB2225, introduced by Republican Senator Don Schaible of Mott. It would end the requirement that land owner post their land to...

Clarification: CNS-Farm Inspections story

A VCU Capital News Service story Feb. 2 about a bill that would allow state inspectors to carry out inspections of produce farms to ensure compliance with federal regulations may … Click to Continue »

#CIRB2017 Gets Legislative Update

Lower farm income may not seem like a good thing for farmers right now, but it might make getting a good farm bill a little easier than it was last time, according to American Farm Bureau’s Mary Kay Thatcher who gave members of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau a legislative update at their annual meeting this week. “Certainly farmers... Read More

State ag leaders put food safety on priority list for 2018 farm bill

Before it wrapped up its meetings this week in Washington D.C., the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) agreed to priorities for the 2018 farm bill. If that seems a little pre-mature, it’s not. Congressional leaders plan to get to work on the 2018 farm bill later this year. And food safety, specifically... Continue Reading

Chasing a cow with a drone? Utah bill would put you in jail

A Utah lawmaker wants to send people to jail for harassing farm animals with drones, all-terrain vehicles and even dogs under a proposal that is unique in the U.S. but … Click to Continue »

Utah bill seeks jail time for flying drones near livestock

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker wants to send people to jail for harassing farm animals with drones, all-terrain vehicles and even dogs through a proposal that's unique in the U.S. and has gained an unlikely opponent.

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