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Congress Should Declare Mice Are Animals -- Now!

In 2002, North Carolina senator Jesse Helms slipped language into a normally mundane farm bill stipulating that rats, mice and birds are not actually animals. Helms was kowtowing to the wishes of Big Pharma and some major research universities. Show More Summary

U.S. Senate hearing interrupted by 'Frozen' song

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to discuss Farm Bill sign-ups when he was rudely interrupted by Elsa the Snow Queen. (...)

Farm Bureau: Food Prices Up About 1%

Shoppers are paying a bit more for their groceries this spring. A new survey from Farm Bureau shows that meat and orange juice are the biggest contributors to an increase of 60 cents of a $53.87 grocery bill on 16 food items, or about of 1 percent, in the group’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket survey. “Several meat items increased in price,... Read More

Federal government should split bill with L.A. for river restoration

Fred Eaton certainly knew his business when he went poking around the Owens Valley in the early part of the last century, quietly purchasing farms and ranches for the water rights that went with them. Had the self-taught engineer and former Los Angeles mayor made it clear to the landowners that...

Arizona Governor, Montana Legislators Kill Anti-Animal Bills

Arizona and Montana put the kibosh on dangerous bills that threatened legal protections for farmed animals. The post Arizona Governor, Montana Legislators Kill Anti-Animal Bills appeared first on PETA.

2015 Farm Bill Essentials

Cool article about the transition away from much of the traditional corporate farm price supports. Now if we could only get rid of that damned ethanol subsidy...   click for ginormous interactive graphic/article Source: Bloomberg

Arizonans Rally to Keep Cruelty Code Intact

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey nixed a misguided and dangerous bill that would have created one set of rules for companion animals and another, weaker, one for farm animals and horses.       Related Stories Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress The 113th Congress in Review for Animals  

Tuesday Morning Update: Policy; Ag Economy; Trade; Immigration; and, Regs

Policy Issues An interview with House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) aired on yesterday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams. The interview, which focused on the Farm Bill, trade, regulations, and biotech issues, was recorded last week and was conducted before a group of Farm Bureau members from Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, and Texas. […]

AgriTalk Transcript: House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) was a guest on Monday’s AgriTalk radio program; the conversation with Mike Adams focused on the Farm Bill, trade, regulations, and biotech issues. The interview that aired on Monday’s program was recorded last week and was conducted before a group of Farm Bureau members from Missouri, Minnesota, […]

Arizona Says That Farm Animals Aren’t Animals

Arizona has a pretty abysmal track record when it comes to its treatment of humans, and some lawmakers are trying to push a bill that would make the state a pretty uncomfortable place for livestock, too.

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.

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