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Bill Exempts Farms From Reporting Emissions

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and poultry groups including National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and United Egg Producers applaud introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Show More Summary

Ag Policy Update: Farm Bill, Budget Deals & Trade

The Missouri Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference took place over the weekend. I was able to attend with my husband and had great intentions to not ‘work.’ But when I heard topics being discussed that are timely and others might learn from, I couldn’t help but pull out my recorder and gather some content. Missouri Farm Bureau’s Director... Read More

60,000 beginning farmers benefit from USDA program

Interest in farming is strong. We hear from beginners, as well as retiring farmers and ranchers, each day who are looking for opportunities and searching for solutions to farm transition. The 2008 farm bill introduced USDA’s first, and...Show More Summary

Perdue Discusses State of Rural Economy

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefed members of the House Agriculture Committee on the current state of the rural economy and USDA’s farm bill priorities. “We’re in a very different situation than when you last contemplated a farm bill,” said Perdue in his opening remarks. Show More Summary

CIRB is Focused on the Farm Bill

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) was in the neighborhood so he stopped by to say hello at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting in Scottsdale last week and posed for a photos with members, including chairman Ron Rutledge, Farmers Mutual Hail. Rutledge says this year is an important one for the crop insurance industry in Congress with a... Read More

Cattlemen Release 2018 Policy Priorities

A number of topics are priorities for cattle producers in the coming year, beginning with the passage of a new Farm Bill. “Everybody is trying to push completion of the Farm Bill before the current one expires, and we are no different,” said Colin Woodall, senior vice president of government affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “We want to... Read More

It's Time to Put the Farm Bill Out to Pasture

Some Americans may be surprised to learn that agriculture in their country is in large part based on a five-year plan. Most commonly referred to as the farm bill, it is up for renewal this year and—just like in years past—is likely to produce a legislative morass in which the primary beneficiaries are lobbyists and the business interests they serve. Show More Summary

Successful USDA program aids beginning farmers

The 2008 farm bill introduced U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first – and so far only – program focused on the next generation of farmers: the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The Center for Rural Affairs was a leader in designing, writing, and winning the program. Show More Summary

America’s Farmers Are in Crisis, and They’re Looking to Donald Trump for Relief

J. R. Sullivan discusses the crisis in American farming, particularly among smaller operations, and how the 2018 farm bill, soon to be negotiated by Congress, will affect the agriculture industry.

Conservation needs strong support in next farm bill

By Cameron Peirce, published on the High Plains Journal “Farmers help feed the world.” I’ve heard that many times and have seen it on signs and in magazines. My family on the Peirce farm takes pride in those words. However, I think it’s...Show More Summary

Minnesota dairy farmers say federal program is little help

Some Minnesota dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices say a federal insurance program created in the 2014 farm bill isn't providing the protection against falling milk prices that it … Click to Continue »

Minnesota Native American tribe seeks farm bill funding

Minnesota Native American leaders are part of an initiative to bring more farm bill funding to Indian Country. More than 30 tribes across the country have formed the Native Farm … Click to Continue »

Beginning farmers stand to benefit from proposed act

The average age of today’s farmer is 58 years old. Over the course of the next five years (the duration of the next farm bill), nearly 100 million acres of farmland are predicted to change hands. Some retiring farmers and ranchers will...Show More Summary

Farm bill program supports rural businesses

Rural entrepreneurs are often important members of their communities. The upcoming farm bill offers a significant opportunity to support those entrepreneurs and their rural businesses through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. Created...Show More Summary

AWWA Whiteboard Animation: Farm Bill Reauthorization and Drinking Water

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G. Tracy Mehan III, AWWA Executive Director of Government Affairs, just sent me this whiteboard animation video (6 minutes long) that discusses the effects of agricultural runoff on water quality and how this can be addressed by promoting cooperation between farmers and water utilities. Key to this is the reauthorization...

Most American Farmers Will Be Hurt by the GOP Tax Bill

As a candidate, Donald Trump dominated the rural vote and polled very well among farmers. Will the tax overhaul he’s pushing hard in Congress finally reward farm country for its support?   Since taking office, Trunp hasn’t exactly been a champion of farmers. He has imperiled their increasingly crucial export markets by rejecting trade deals and cracked down on […]

House Ag Committee Launches Farm Bill Website

The House Agriculture Committee is ready to get to work on the 2018 Farm Bill, so Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) today announced the launch of a new online farm bill resource designed to provide updates and information. “I’m committed to completing a farm bill on time. We’ve spent the past three years preparing—holding 113 hearings and six listening sessions around... Read More

Audio: Farm Bureau President Says Criticism of Tax Bill Is Cover for Heitkamp

Daryl Lies, North Dakota Farm Bureau president Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service In recent days there has been a lot of criticism of the Republican tax bill in Congress and its impact on the agriculture industry. In an interview with...Show More Summary

27 Iowa farmers sign farm bill letter

Twenty-seven Iowa farmers, in support of conservation and crop insurance practices in the 2018 farm bill, signed and sent a letter to Iowa Congressional Representatives in October. Would you like to get involved in advocating for change in the farm bill? Reach out to Anna today at 515.215.1294, or annaj@cfra.org. Oct. Show More Summary

Missouri Farm Bureau Listening Session on #FarmBill18

The Missouri Farm Bureau held their annual meeting earlier this week and a highlight for many was the discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill. In a packed house, a Focus on the Farm Bill Seminar took place with Capitol Hill decision makers and thought-leaders in Missouri agriculture. Show More Summary

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