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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…


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…


Collection of Accurate & Voluntary Data = Federal Program Integrity

On January 19, farmdoc Project- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign posted a USDA Study by Robert Johansson, USDA Chief Economist, Anne Effland, USDA Economic Research Service and Keith Coble, Mississippi State University, entitled “Falling Response Rates to USDA Crop Surveys: Why It Matters.” As background and explained in the report, “USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)…

On January 19, farmdoc Project- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign posted a USDA Study by Robert Johansson, USDA Chief Economist, Anne Effland, USDA Economic Research Service and Keith Coble, Mississippi State University, entitled “Falling Response Rates to USDA Crop Surveys: Why It Matters.” As background and explained in the report, “USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)…


New 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…


Ready To Make Your Gift To Reduce U.S. Debt?

Did you realize the U.S. Department of Treasury sponsors a website Pay.gov where today you and I can begin making payments or “Gifts to Reduce the U.S. Public Debt?” Yes, right now, you and I can start doing something about the $19.4 trillion U.S. debt.


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.2)

To give you some perspective, since 1966 the U.S. has maintained an annual deficit, where federal spending surpassed federal income, in all but 5 years (1969, 1998-2001). Over this 50-year period the U.S. deficit has averaged 2.8 percent of U.S Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the World Bank estimated 2014 GDP for the U.S….


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.1)

As in each year preceding, on February 9, President Obama released his annual budget for the U.S. that tops $4 trillion.  The budget outlines the current Administration’s policy proposals, budgetary projections, and economic forecasts for the next decade. This will be the last annual budget report for his administration. The Obama Administration can be commended…


Omnibus Package to White House

The FY 2016 omnibus spending package H.R. 2029, now heads to the White House after the 65-33 Senate and 316-113 House votes. The $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill funds federal government agencies for the remaining ten months of FY 2016 ending September 30, 2016. The bill includes funding for all 12 annual appropriations bills and…


Year-End Tax Extenders Legislation Still Being Negotiated

Ongoing discussions are proving fruitful between the Treasury Department and House and Senate tax lawmakers. Kevin Brady (R-TX) is the new House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and according to Brady a new tax package is being finalized for consideration by Congress toward the end of the 1st session of the 114th Congress.


President Signs Transportation Reauthorization

With one day remaining before the deadline for the current surface transportation authorization to expire President Obama signed HR 22, a 5-year (FY 2016-2020), $305 billion surface transportation reauthorization.  The bill will require offsets to make a $70 billion general fund transfer to the Highway Trust Fund.  About $52 billion of this would go to…


FY 2016 NDAA Heads To POTUS For Likely Signature

Last week the U.S. Senate passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by an overwhelming margin, 91-3. The NDAA was amended into an unrelated Senate-passed bill, S 1356, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. Since the Senate had adopted S. 1356 previously on May 14, only one, simple majority vote…


FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Set for Final Passage

Procedural action in the House and Senate on November 3 has cleared the path for final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  On October 22, the President vetoed the previously adopted NDAA, H.R. 1735 stating, “While there are provisions in this bill that I support, including the codification of key interrogation-related reforms from…


Defense Procurement Continues Evolving

While President Obama decides on whether or not to veto the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), it remains certain that more changes in defense procurement practices are on the way. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are focused on improving the structure and process of the military acquisition systems by providing business reforms…


Government Management by Continuing Resolution

In the last 38 years, there have only been 4 years where there wasn’t a Continuing Resolution at the end of the Fiscal Year. That means 90% of the time, we have an extension to the budget. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) since 1977 there have only been four years in which Congress…