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Ringtone of the Day: Sen. Pat Roberts’ Phone Plays ‘Let It Go’ During Committee Hearing

yesterdayHumor / odd : The Daily What

Queen Elsa made an brief cameo at a boring Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to speak, when “Let It Go” started blaring from across the room. The culprit turned out to be Republican Sen. Show More Summary

A Hard Rain of Lobbying on Clean Water Act Rules

Representatives of farmers unions, cattle interests and lumber companies, plus municipal representatives from across the country, filed into the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s hearing room Tuesday as the panel...Show More Summary

WOTUS Subject of Senate Ag Panel

The proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule was the topic of the day for the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, led by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) who is concerned about the impact of the regulation on numerous industries. Show More Summary

Sunday Update- Budget-Policy; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Budget- Policy Issues An update on Friday at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Blog stated that, “This week the House and Senate Budget Committees each passed their Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions on party line votes. “Each Committee’s resolution will now go to the floor of the House and Senate for consideration. This will likely […]

Clarity Sought in USDA Wetland Determinations- Sen. Heitkamp

A news release on Monday from Senate Ag Committee member Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) stated that, “[Sen. Heitkamp] today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clarify how it is making offsite wetland determinations on farmers’ land in North Dakota and across the country, and improve certainty for farmers and their operations for the upcoming […]

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 […]

Policy Issues; Trade; Ag Economy; and, Budget Issues Tuesday

Policy Issues In a letter yesterday to Senate and House Budget Committee leaders, a large number of food, agriculture and policy organizations indicated that, “The undersigned 392 organizations, representing America’s agriculture, nutrition,...Show More Summary

Policy; Trade; Regulations; Biofuels; Labor; and, the Ag Economy- Thursday

Policy Issues DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “The chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees detailed some of their priorities Tuesday in speeches before the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Show More Summary

Bills to Label Produce for GMOs and Dairy for rBGH Back in Florida

Two Florida Democrats are again trying to pass bills to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms. Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees House Bill 351 and its companion, Senate Bill 416, would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Show More Summary

Ag Committees Make Assignments

Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are under new management and Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced their new subcommittee assignments this week. “I look forward to working with this very talented team of proven leaders,” Conaway said. Show More Summary

Some thoughts about the Revolving Door

Joel Leftwich has left his job as senior director for PepsiCo’s public policy and government affairs team (since March 2013) to become staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee now led by Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). In some ways, it’s a perfectly logical appointment.  Before joining PepsiCo, Leftwich worked for Roberts as a legislative aide from […]

From agriculture to energy, GOP intent on pushing back in 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations...Show More Summary

GOP Senate Ag Committee Members Named

The new Republican majority Senate has made committee assignments for the 114th Congress. For the Agriculture Committee, the new faces are Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – all newly elected senators. Show More Summary

Georgia Senators Receive Committee Assignments

We’ve received word of committees Georgia Senators have been assigned to in the new Congress: David Perdue: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Budget Foreign Relations Judiciary Special Committee on Aging Johnny Isakson Finance Foreign...Show More Summary

Baylen Linnekin: Who Can Save Us from the Farm Bill's False Savings?

4 months agoNews : Reason

When the U.S. Senate voted in favor of passage of he 2014 Farm Bill in February, the buzz on Capitol Hill was that he bill would "save" taxpayers lots of money. A giddy press release put out by the Senate Agriculture Committee, hailing the passage of the Farm Bill as it awaited Pres. Show More Summary

Industry can work with new ag leaders, Guenther believes

The fresh produce industry can work with new Republican leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, said Robert Guenther, lobbyist and senior vice president of public policy for United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

Policy Issues; Ag Econ; Biotech; Trade; Immigration; CFTC; and Climate- Wednesday

Policy Issues- Farm Bill, Tax Extenders Chase Purdy reported yesterday at Politico that, “‘Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, the likely next chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he has no plans to reopen the farm bill to make any substantial changes,’ Pro Agriculture’s Bill Tomson reports this morning. ‘Roberts, who sought far bigger cuts to food […]

New David Perdue Ad Features a Sonny Cameo

Republican Senate candidate David Perdue is out with a positive ad titled “Helping Georgia Grow.” It highlights agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry, talks about Perdue’s interest in serving on the Senate Agriculture committee, and features an appearance by his cousin and former Governor, Sonny Perdue. Here’s the text of the ad: Announcer: David Perdue grew up […]

New Grimes ad: Fire McConnell because he missed appropriations subcommittee meetings

7 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The latest ad from Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes: VO: Listen to Mitch McConnell. McCONNELL: I've been on the Agriculture Committee my entire time there. [...] And even more important, the agriculture appropriations subcommittee. VO: Those committees are important to Kentucky. Show More Summary

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