2014 was a year of changes and we wanted to remind you of just a few of the highlights of the year that was 2014.
Cuba: Normalizing Relations
The Administration announced that it would begin normalizing trade relations with Cuba. This will have a huge impact on American businesses, especially a boost to U.S. agriculture.
Cansler Consulting Oversees IT Project
Cansler Consulting has been acting Project Director for a new $6 million statewide information management system for the state of California. The web-based system has been deployed and is functioning well in all California counties.
2014 Farm Bill Signed
In February 2014, Congress adopted and The President signed the 2014 Farm Bill containing $362.5 million over 5 years for priority programs of Cansler Consulting clients.
ResponsibleAG Selects Cansler as Executive Director
“We are very excited to have someone of Tim Cansler’s stature join ResponsibleAg,” said J. Billy Pirkle, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “As the program gets underway, his background, expertise and vision will help set a strong course for the future.”
Tim Cansler, senior strategist for Cansler Consulting and Executive Director for ResponsibleAG, was interviewed on WGN Radio’s Agri-Cast about how the fertilizer industry is changing and how retailers can be involved.
First User Fee Changes in Ten Years – The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) plans to announce the addition of $154 million in user fees for Agricultural Quarantine Inspections.
After farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year. Regulators say balancing the need for tighter food safety standards after major food-borne illness outbreaks in spinach, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe against the needs of farmers who are new to such regulations has been a challenge.
The State Department cited ongoing litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court (which could re-route the pipeline) and additional time needed to review an unprecedented number of public comments received during the most recent comment period.
40% Increase for Federal Programs Important to Cansler Consulting Client Cansler Consulting often advises current & potential clients that advocating for important federal programs and legislation is like running a marathon instead of a sprint. Our client, California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA), understands this and so it is especially gratifying that after employing our strategies over the past few years toward the re-authorization of the Farm Bill it included language for a 40% increase in funding for federal programs important to their day to day operations.
Farmers have to choose a New Risk Management Program. Farmers and farm managers can choose from two varieties of ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) or PLC (Price Loss Coverage). If farmers do not elect an option, they will automatically go into the PLC program.
Cansler provides client with policy web site
Cansler Consulting provides a client with the Truth About Tare web site which keeps consumers informed on good packaging practices and regulations so they understand what they’re purchasing in the meat department at the grocery store.
President Obama Signs Executive Order for Immigration Reform Policy
In a public TV address, President Obama announced his changes for immigration policy. Congress responded by funding the Department of Homeland Security through February 28, 2015 in the CRomnibus.
Majority Changes in Mid-Terms Elections
The mid-term elections on November 4 produced a resounding win for Republicans across the U.S. The Republican party will now control both legislative chambers in the U.S. Senate and House. Republicans were also successful in picking up some gubernatorial seats. There are now 31 Republican governors, 17 Democrat governors and 1 Independent (AK). Vermont will be decided by their state legislature this year.