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Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there. "Ag-gag" bills - conceived and...Show More Summary

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a one week extension for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015. Show More Summary

Lenders: Commodity Prices Greatest Challenge Facing Farmers

A new poll of farm credit leaders says commodity prices are the greatest challenge facing farmers in 2015. This news release from AgriBank says weather and the Farm Bill are also near the top of the list of challenging issues for ag producers. More than 61 percent of the directors — from the boards of 17 Farm Credit lenders in... Read More

Friday Morning Update: Policy Issues; Lawmaker Perspectives; and, the Budget

Policy Issues David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The knives are out for the new farm bill even before next Tuesday’s deadline for producers to sign up with the Agriculture Department for the first commodity support payments due in October. “A spate of recent forecasts shows that costs will be higher than predicted given […]

AgriTalk Transcript: House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway

House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R., Tex.) was a guest on Thursday’s AgriTalk radio program; the conversation with Mike Adams focused on the Farm Bill and trade. This is an unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of their discussion. Mr. Adams: Welcome back to AgriTalk. Yesterday, here in Washington, D.C., had a chance to talk a number of […]

AgriTalk Transcript: Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) was a guest on Thursday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams, where the conversation focused on the Farm Bill, trade, and the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule from EPA. Mr. Adams: And welcome back to AgriTalk. As we continue with our conversations with members of Congress, we’re happy to have […]

Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State

Their latest gambit of factory farming deception is unfolding in Arizona, where the legislature has passed House Bill 2150, which contains some red herring provisions to give it the illusion of being pro-animal welfare.       Related Stories Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress The 113th Congress in Review for Animals Did Your Members of Congress Make the Grade?  

AgriTalk Transcript: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was a guest on today’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams where the discussion focused, in part, on the Farm Bill, trade issues, and the proposed Dietary Guidelines.  An unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the discussion with Sec. Vilsack is available below. Sec. Vilsack says program signup going well but an extension is still […]

AgriTalk Transcript: Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden was a guest on today’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams where, in part, the discussion focused on the Farm Bill. An unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of a portion of today’s discussion is available below. Mr. Adams: And welcome back, as we broadcast today from USDA here in Washington, D.C. […]

New Arizona Bill Puts Farm Animals at Greater Risk for Abuse

In a state which already offers relatively little protection for farm animals, a bill which passed in the Senate March 24th could have dire consequences for horses, cows, poultry and Read More The post New Arizona Bill Puts Farm Animals at Greater Risk for Abuse appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Bill Seeks (Again) To End Over-Use Of Antibiotics In Farm Animals

Antibiotic resistance is a big problem. Farmers know it. Consumer advocates know it. Doctors, the CDC, and the FDA all know it. You know it. And the largest contributor by far to the crisis is the 80% of antibiotics that are used in industrial farming. And Congress is, once again, taking a stab at making agricultural antibiotic abuse against the … [More]

Indian PM Decries Land Bill 'Lies' Spread by Opposition

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to reach out to farmers, saying that “lies” are being spread over Land Acquisition Bill for “political reasons” to create misperception within the country’s farming community.

Rep. Lucas on Protecting Ag

Former House Agriculture Committee chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) stopped by the Agri-Pulse Ag Day kickoff event Tuesday evening and commented on the budget plan unveiled by House Republicans would protect 2014 Farm Bill programs.Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics

Innovation was the topic of discussion at this year’s Agri-Pulse “Farm to Fork Politics: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture” in Washington, DC. The panel consists of Bill Horan, Farmer and Chairman, Truth About Trade & Technology;Show More Summary

Farmer’s Market

In a Washington that fetishizes bipartisanship as an emblem of a lost golden age, the farm bill that passed last year with 68 votes in the Senate was a true marvel. Imagine, in these polarized times, a bill that won the support of Democratic...Show More Summary

Canberrans can stop puppy farms and backyard breeders with new bill

A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes. Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced employees [...]

Why Not Just End North Dakota’s Corporate Farming Law?

Today the state House will finally take up SB2351 which would ease the state’s restrictions on corporate farming for swine and dairy farms (Senator Joe Miller had a guest post here on SAB about the bill last week). Currently North Dakota does not allow a corporation to own farm land unless it is a corporate...

A New California Farm Worker Bill Might Actually Be Too Good to Be True

For decades, seasonal farm workers in the fields and orchards of the West have faced hazardous working conditions. A new California bill seeks to protect ag workers' health, but might not go far enough.

Budget Issues Move to the Front Burner- Potential Farm Bill Implications

Kristina Peterson reported on Thursday evening at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The Senate Republican budget slated for release next week is expected to generate savings by turning more responsibility for Medicaid and food-stamp programs over to states, GOP lawmakers and aides said Thursday. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with NFU President

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features National Farmers Union President, Roger Johnson. As the group prepares for their 2015 convention, Johnson shares his support for current farm bill and opposes any attempt to return to open policy debate. Show More Summary

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