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Nebraska Livestock Bills Are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

By Traci Bruckner on March 4, 2015 - 4:28pm The corporate attempt to take over family farm agriculture in Nebraska is back. Three separate bills being debated in the Unicameral, LB 176, 175 and 106, are nothing short of a corporate-driven assault on family farmers and rural communities. Show More Summary

Wednesday Morning Update: Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing, Ag Economy; Trade; Budget; and, Biofuels

Policy Issues- Senate Ag Committee Hearing; House Ag Committee Hearing Today In two separate panels, agricultural producers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the implementation of  last year’s Farm Bill Tuesday morning. Show More Summary

Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Hearing

At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers reviewed the implementation of the Farm Bill after one year and heard testimony from farmers and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. In his opening remarks, Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) indicated that, “As our first order of business it’s only right that we recognize and appreciate […]

Recent USDA Updates: Trade with China, and Farm Bill Issues

A recent report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) (“China’s Growing Demand for Agricultural Imports” ) indicated that, “China’s 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization lowered barriers to agricultural imports, and its economic growth has generated new demands for agricultural commodities. Show More Summary

NFU, Coalition Tell Congress to Reject Farm Bill Cuts

A coalition of nearly 400 organizations, including the National Farmers Union (NFU), is calling for Congress to reject efforts to make additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The NFU and the coalition of groups, representing family farmers and ranchers, agribusiness, food banks, environmental and faith-based organizations, sent a letter to U.S. Show More Summary

Missouri Bill Seeks End to State and Local Regulation of Direct Farm Sales

A Missouri state legislator wants to give people the right to sell farm-produced products directly to the consumer without any interference from state or local regulatory agencies. House Bill 866 is similar to the fast-moving Wyoming “Food Freedom Act,” which unanimously passed the House in Cheyenne late last month and is now in line for... Continue Reading

Is Open Internet Here to Stay?

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Which crop insurance option will you be choosing?” It is evident that many farmers across the country still do not understand the crop insurance options offered in our recent farm bill and deciding has become a chore. However, the majority of those who took our poll and have made a decision have selected agriculture... Read More

Protecting Taxpayers from the Farm Bill's New Blank Check

Congress taketh away with one hand while it giveth twice as much with the other.

Friday Update: Policy Issues, Ag Economy; Trade; and, Biofuels

Policy Issues In addition to the House Ag Committee hearings next Wednesday and Thursday on food stamp issues, on Tuesday, the Senate Ag Committee will hold a hearing on Farm Bill implementation and Farm Credit Administration nominations. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to address the Senate panel; however, the Committee will hear from producers […]

This Bill Gates supported company makes ground-up larvae to feed chicken and fish

The world's largest fly farm is about to open in South Africa as part of an initiative to produce sustainable feed for chicken and fish. Industrial farmed chicken and fish eat fish meal, which is bad for the environment because it depletes...Show More Summary

Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Controversial Agriculture Bill

On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill. King’s bill would prevent states and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. Show More Summary

Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

At the taxpayer-funded U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, researchers conduct cruel experiments on farm animals, like trying to increase the number of cows who birth twins. Photo: iStockphoto Imagine if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...Show More Summary

Farm Bill, One Year and Counting

One year ago today #FarmBill signed into law- recap, http://t.co/ISFnoK8dfR, and key developments to the finish line, http://t.co/o3q6CY1edv — Keith Good (@FarmPolicy) February 7, 2015 Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave an update on USDA’s progress in implementing the Bill during an interview with Politico. See also this New York Times video- “President Obama […]

Exposing 'Kill Buyers' Who Feed the Horse Slaughter Pipeline

horse slaughter,kill buyers, horses, PAST act        Related Stories Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs Enlisting Farmers in the Cause of Animal Welfare News Break: Court Ruling Favors Prop 2 – Again  

Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Imagine if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent tens of millions of dollars on animal experiments designed to increase reproductive rates of deer on captive hunting facilities - to benefit private operators who offer up deer in a guaranteed kill arrangement. Show More Summary

Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Imagine if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent tens of millions of dollars on animal experiments designed to increase reproductive rates of deer on captive hunting facilities - to benefit private operators who offer up deer in a guaranteed kill arrangement. Show More Summary

Politico: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Farm Bill Anniversary

Earlier this week, Politico’s Jason Huffman and Bill Tomson sat down with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill.” An unofficial FarmPolicy.com TRANSCRIPT of the discussion is available here. And highlights from the Politico interview were included in Friday’s FarmPolicy.com news summary. -kg

Policy Issues; Trade; Agricultural Economy; Regulations; and, Immigration- Friday

Policy Issues Earlier this week, Politico’s Jason Huffman and Bill Tomson sat down with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill.” A video replay of this discussion is available here, while an unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the interview can be found here. In part, Sec. Vilsack indicated […]

Happy Birthday Farm Bill!

It was one year ago this week – February 7, to be exact – that President Obama signed the “Swiss Army Knife” farm bill into law. “Despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers,” President Obama said at the signing. “Secretary Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill,... Read More

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