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Farm Bill Planning Needs to Happen Now!

The agriculture industry is experiencing a dramatic downturn as commodities pile up and prices fall to historic lows. Some in the ag industry are hoping the next Farm Bill can help — sooner as opposed to later. With farm loans steadily deteriorating, many farm groups are hoping to get the Farm Bill process started early.1…


2018 Farm Bill: Tough Row to Hoe

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), or “2014 Farm Bill” authorizes the continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through September 30, 2018.  Since the Great Depression in the 1930’s Congress has typically adopted a comprehensive Farm Bill every 5 years.  However, since the mid-1990’s Congress has struggled to timely…


Cansler Speaks at Ag Retailer Assoc.

The Agricultural Retailers Association recently held its annual conference and expo in New Orleans, LA. This year’s theme: “Navigating the Path Forward.” In Nuts and Bolts of ResponsibleAg, Tim Cansler [chief government strategist for Cansler Consulting and Executive Director of ResponsibleAg] explained how ResponsibleAg originated as an idea of hundreds of fertilizer industry leaders about a year ago and…


Farmers Have to Choose a New Risk Management Program

Let’s face it farming is not easy and manging risks amists Mother nature’s whims is even more risky. The only upside is that Congress is trying to help producers with new, innovative 21st Century risk management programs. Farmer will have to make a choice between Risk Management Programs very soon. The US Department of Agriculture…


USDA Releases New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced much anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. These new programs, including the Agriculture Risk Coverage program (ARC), are a departure from New Deal-era target price policies and represent one…


Ag Industry: The Best of Times and The Worst of Times, Part II

Prior to leaving Washington for their five-week August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted, 223-197, an Agricultural Disaster Assistance package (H.R. 6233) that directs the Secretary of Agriculture to make Livestock Indemnity Payments to eligible producers that have suffered livestock death losses and grazing losses due to drought. The Congressional Budget Office scored the…


Ag Industry: The Best of Times & The Worst of Times, Part I

Like a Charles Dickens novel U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing a period of the best of times, and the worst of times. The U.S. agriculture industry is in one of its best periods in history. There are multiple components that generate such success and they include: adaptation to technology, meeting the demands of ever-changing and…


2012 Farm Bill in Senate; Ag Approps In House

This week the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (commonly known as the 2012 Farm Bill).  The Farm Bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26 with a bipartisan vote of 16–5.  Multiple and varying amendments are expected during floor…


Farm Bill: With Clock Ticking Proposals Begin to Surface

The JSCDR must generate at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years. Between $10 and $50 billion of budget savings are targeted from the Farm Bill. Agricultural businesses need to push for legislative reforms that enable them to survive and thrive, which subsequently keeps more people employed.


Don’t Get Thrown Under the Policy Bus – Again

Learning Lessons From Trade Dispute Votes in Congress Recently, the Obama Administration announced that U.S. and Mexican negotiators finalized a program that will allow Mexican trucks carrying imported goods to travel throughout the U.S. to their destinations, a promise made by the U.S. eighteen years ago and codified in the North American Free Trade Agreement…


Obama: Revamping the Farm Subsidy System

In a CBS town hall meeting on May 12th, President Obama discusses how difficult it is for congressional leaders from rural districts that have historically benefited from existing farm subsidies to change policies to address 21st Century challenges in agriculture. More than ever, if your organization needs its voice heard in Washington and assistance in protecting…

In a CBS town hall meeting on May 12th, President Obama discusses how difficult it is for congressional leaders from rural districts that have historically benefited from existing farm subsidies to change policies to address 21st Century challenges in agriculture. More than ever, if your organization needs its voice heard in Washington and assistance in protecting…