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Cansler Keynotes Annual Conference for Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents

Cansler Consulting, LLC Founder and Chief Strategist Tim Cansler offered his analysis of the first six months of the Trump Administration and political implications in 2018 of the enormous legislative agenda before a fractured Republican caucus in the US House and a razor-close Republican controlled U.S. Senate to a packed crowd of County Farm Bureau…

Cansler Consulting, LLC Founder and Chief Strategist Tim Cansler offered his analysis of the first six months of the Trump Administration and political implications in 2018 of the enormous legislative agenda before a fractured Republican caucus in the US House and a razor-close Republican controlled U.S. Senate to a packed crowd of County Farm Bureau…


Federal Grant Indirect Costs Set Off Public Debate

Most partnerships between grant recipients and the federal government are productive and, oftentimes render world-class innovations in multiple disciplinary fields such as health care, food & agriculture and national security. But this comes at a cost to American taxpayers. The recent release of the Trump Administration FY 2018 budget proposal calls for a $6 billion…

Most partnerships between grant recipients and the federal government are productive and, oftentimes render world-class innovations in multiple disciplinary fields such as health care, food & agriculture and national security. But this comes at a cost to American taxpayers. The recent release of the Trump Administration FY 2018 budget proposal calls for a $6 billion…


Alternatives For Pipe Bursting Recommended in Study of Asbestos Cement Water Pipeline Rehabilitation

In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement (AC) – also called transite – was installed to transport water in potable water mains, storm drains and sanitary sewers in the U.S.  Asbestos was used because of its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity and ease of handling. AC pipe accounts for…

In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement (AC) – also called transite – was installed to transport water in potable water mains, storm drains and sanitary sewers in the U.S.  Asbestos was used because of its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity and ease of handling. AC pipe accounts for…


Monsanto’s VC Investments Forecasting Future of Agriculture Industry Connections to Personalized Medicine

Monsanto MON (NYSE) describes itself as “a sustainable agriculture company..deliver(ing) agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.”  Their focus is “on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy.” So how is this forward-thinking agriculture company investing in the future…

Monsanto MON (NYSE) describes itself as “a sustainable agriculture company..deliver(ing) agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.”  Their focus is “on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy.” So how is this forward-thinking agriculture company investing in the future…


President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Impacting Trade

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EO) aimed at fulfilling his campaign promises for more favorable global trade for the U.S. The Presidential EO regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits establishes a 90-day review of factors that contribute to U.S. trade deficits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s , Economic Indicator…

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EO) aimed at fulfilling his campaign promises for more favorable global trade for the U.S. The Presidential EO regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits establishes a 90-day review of factors that contribute to U.S. trade deficits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s , Economic Indicator…


Amidst Proposed Drastic Budget Cuts EPA Administrator Pruitt Supports U.S. Water Infrastructure

In mid-March the Trump Administration released its so called “skinny budget” a 175-page blueprint of the U.S. budget that specifies the main priorities of the Trump administration.  The budget proposal cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent from its current level, from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. The Presidents budget proposes to cut 3,200…

In mid-March the Trump Administration released its so called “skinny budget” a 175-page blueprint of the U.S. budget that specifies the main priorities of the Trump administration.  The budget proposal cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent from its current level, from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. The Presidents budget proposes to cut 3,200…


All Signs Point to Water Infrastructure as part of $1 Trillion U.S. Infrastructure Investment

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held its first hearing of the 115th Congress in early March to explore the role of federal agencies in building water infrastructure that is ready for the challenges of the 21st century. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee opened…

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held its first hearing of the 115th Congress in early March to explore the role of federal agencies in building water infrastructure that is ready for the challenges of the 21st century. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee opened…


Latta Introduces Drinking Water Affordability Act

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has reintroduced legislation, the Latta Drinking Water Affordability Act, to help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. The legislation provides increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific needs, develops cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water, and ensures funds are utilized efficiently and effectively. The Drinking Water…

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has reintroduced legislation, the Latta Drinking Water Affordability Act, to help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. The legislation provides increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific needs, develops cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water, and ensures funds are utilized efficiently and effectively. The Drinking Water…


2018 Farm Bill Update: Stakes Are High!

The US House Committee on Agriculture continues its series of hearings for lawmakers to gather information that will help them develop the nations next farm bill.  On March 22, dairy producers and processors testified before the House Agriculture Committee marking their 11th farm bill hearing. Previous hearings have included testimony from a total of nearly…

The US House Committee on Agriculture continues its series of hearings for lawmakers to gather information that will help them develop the nations next farm bill.  On March 22, dairy producers and processors testified before the House Agriculture Committee marking their 11th farm bill hearing. Previous hearings have included testimony from a total of nearly…


37 Farm Bill Programs Without Budget Baseline

Thirty-seven programs in the current Farm Bill with spending estimated to total $2.607 billion do not have a budget baseline after FY 2018. The reasons vary but its because the programs spend less than $50 million in last authorized year (2018) of the current Farm Bill.   According to the Congressional Research Service, “..some programs may…

Thirty-seven programs in the current Farm Bill with spending estimated to total $2.607 billion do not have a budget baseline after FY 2018. The reasons vary but its because the programs spend less than $50 million in last authorized year (2018) of the current Farm Bill.   According to the Congressional Research Service, “..some programs may…


Drinking Water Systems Must be Part of Massive Investment in U.S. Infrastructure

During a campaign stop in 2016 in Flint, Michigan, whose water crisis continues now in its 32nd month, President Trump commented, “It used to be cars were were made in Flint and you could not drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you cannot drink the water in Flint?…

During a campaign stop in 2016 in Flint, Michigan, whose water crisis continues now in its 32nd month, President Trump commented, “It used to be cars were were made in Flint and you could not drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you cannot drink the water in Flint?…


House and Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committees Prepare For Trump Administration Push on Nation’s Failing Infrastructure

On February 1, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met and listened to witnesses about the challenges facing the U.S. transportation and infrastructure.  According to the American Society of Civil Engineers the U.S. transportation system, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, schools and energy grid need improvements estimated at $3.6 trillion. Witnesses including the…

On February 1, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met and listened to witnesses about the challenges facing the U.S. transportation and infrastructure.  According to the American Society of Civil Engineers the U.S. transportation system, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, schools and energy grid need improvements estimated at $3.6 trillion. Witnesses including the…


2018 Farm Bill: Preview and Analysis

Since the 1930’s and the Great Depression about every 5-years the U.S. Congress adopts a Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill contains production agriculture & food policies under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Farm Bill titles include Commodity Programs, Conservation, Trade, Nutrition, Credit, Rural Development, Research & Extension, Forestry, Energy, Horticulture and Crop…

Since the 1930’s and the Great Depression about every 5-years the U.S. Congress adopts a Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill contains production agriculture & food policies under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Farm Bill titles include Commodity Programs, Conservation, Trade, Nutrition, Credit, Rural Development, Research & Extension, Forestry, Energy, Horticulture and Crop…


2017 Bluegrass Inaugural Ball

Many thanks to my fellow Kentuckians and members of the Kentucky Society of Washington for allowing us to celebrate with you the peaceful transition of power and the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States at the 2017 Bluegrass Ball. Many of our Commonwealth’s dignitaries were on-hand for the celebration including Majority Leader…

Many thanks to my fellow Kentuckians and members of the Kentucky Society of Washington for allowing us to celebrate with you the peaceful transition of power and the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States at the 2017 Bluegrass Ball. Many of our Commonwealth’s dignitaries were on-hand for the celebration including Majority Leader…


Food Labeling and Whom it Impacts Most

In response to agency regulations and laws enacted last year food & beverage companies are preparing to spend billions of dollars to change their food labels for nutrition and the presence of bioengineered material. Previous food labeling policy discussions centered on country-of-origin labeling, organic labeling and menu labeling.  More recently, policy discussions have begun on how…

In response to agency regulations and laws enacted last year food & beverage companies are preparing to spend billions of dollars to change their food labels for nutrition and the presence of bioengineered material. Previous food labeling policy discussions centered on country-of-origin labeling, organic labeling and menu labeling.  More recently, policy discussions have begun on how…