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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…


When Government Gets It Right: USDA-APHIS’ Multi-faceted Role Critical to U.S. Security & Agriculture’s Global Markets

Since it’s inception in 1972, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has been fulfilling a multi-faceted, critical role in facilitating trade of U.S. agricultural products around the world. APHIS’ role intersects biological sciences and the economy by working alongside stakeholders promoting the health of animal and plant resources and facilitating…

Since it’s inception in 1972, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has been fulfilling a multi-faceted, critical role in facilitating trade of U.S. agricultural products around the world. APHIS’ role intersects biological sciences and the economy by working alongside stakeholders promoting the health of animal and plant resources and facilitating…


Passing Along Sage Insight to Incoming Secretary of Agriculture

Congratulations to former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to serve as Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration.  Multiple governors from farm states have successfully served as Secretary of Agriculture and there is no doubt Governor Perdue will also be successful. It’s Their Job To Help Him Get Things Done! Not that I…

Congratulations to former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to serve as Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration.  Multiple governors from farm states have successfully served as Secretary of Agriculture and there is no doubt Governor Perdue will also be successful. It’s Their Job To Help Him Get Things Done! Not that I…


US Senate Agriculture Committee Announces First Hearing on 2018 Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has announced the first in a series of field hearings on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.  The hearing, dubbed “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas,” will take place Thursday, February 3, 2017 at the McCain Auditorium, on the campus of Kansas State University…

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has announced the first in a series of field hearings on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.  The hearing, dubbed “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas,” will take place Thursday, February 3, 2017 at the McCain Auditorium, on the campus of Kansas State University…


Mulvaney Confirmation Hearing Displays Thought Processes on Federal Programs/Regulations Cost/Benefit

The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing January 24 on the confirmation of Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to become the Director for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is the largest office under the Executive Office of the President. OMB officials meet with multiple federal agency…

The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing January 24 on the confirmation of Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to become the Director for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is the largest office under the Executive Office of the President. OMB officials meet with multiple federal agency…


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)…


EPA Ready to Finance $2 Billion in Water Infrastructure Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The purpose of the NOFA is to notify eligible applicants who have water infrastructure projects that require financing of  available funding for prospective borrowers.  EPA estimates the funding available (about $17 million)…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The purpose of the NOFA is to notify eligible applicants who have water infrastructure projects that require financing of  available funding for prospective borrowers.  EPA estimates the funding available (about $17 million)…


First 100 Days of New President & Congress

Republican leaders are teeing up a FY 2017 budget resolution that will be taken up in the first few weeks of the 115th Congress when members return to Washington, DC next week on January 3.  As has been promised, the budget resolution will contain reconciliation instructions leading to the repeal of many, but not all,…


More Proof of U.S. Safe Food Supply

California Fruits & Vegetables According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture producers in California raise over 400 commodities, supplying over one-third of the U.S.’ vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts.  These commodities are among the top ten valued crops in California and include (2015):


Farm Bill Focus

The 2018 Farm Bill will focus on a few major issues. 75% of the Farm Bill revolves around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program). The general consensus is that most federal lawmakers and stakeholders want to keep a nutrition title included in the Farm Bill. At one time,…


Agriculture Opposition Firing Up

The two main organizations that oppose agriculture’s interests in the upcoming Farm Bill are the Environmental Working Group and the Heritage Foundation. Scott Faber with EWG and Daren Bakst with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that promotes free enterprise, spoke at a Farm Foundation forum recently in Washington. Both groups are vocal opponents…


Minority Leader Releases Senate Democrat Committee Membership

Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), incoming Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate today released Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 115th Congress. All committee members must be ratified by the full Democratic Caucus when the 115th Congress convenes early in January. The Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 115th Congress are as follows: (italics indicates freshman…


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