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Agriculture Opposition Firing Up

ewgThe 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 of a number of programs strongly supported by Agriculture groups.…

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Minority Leader Releases Senate Democrat Committee Membership

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY), Democratic Leader

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 member)…

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Time For a Farm Bill

NCGA-logoTalks regarding the 2018 Farm Bill are heating up. Major players in the agriculture industry agree that now is the time to develop your strategy ensuring that your viewpoints are heard.

The National Corn Growers Association

Sam Willett with the National Corn Growers Association says it is not too soon to discuss the next Farm Bill. He notes “the current bill was written during a time of profit, but this next bill will be written during a time of falling farm income.”1

  1. Hoosier Ag Today []
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WRDA Signed Into Law

WRDA Signed Into Law, Now on Two-Year Reauthorization Cycle

Recently, President Obama signed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) authorizing EPA, (Environmental Protection Agency) to provide assistance for a wide variety of projects including $170 million in aid to Flint, Michigan to help repair its drinking water system.

In a bill-signing ceremony at the White House, The President explained how WRDA will “put Americans to work modernizing our water infrastructure and restoring some of our most vital ecosystems.…

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Highlights of WIFIA

EPA LogoWater Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) projects will be evaluated individually by the Administrator of EPA based on criteria in the rule and a previously issued Notice of Funds Available (NOFA).  Once a project is selected for a loan individual credit agreements will be developed in negotiations between Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the project sponsor.…

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EPA Begins New Water Financing Program

On Monday, December 19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim final rule on credit assistance for water infrastructure projects that will become immediately effective.  The rule allows EPA to begin implementing the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.

National Need = $660 Billion

In the rule, the EPA estimates the national funding need for capital improvements for such facilities totals approximately $660 billion over the next 20 years.  The vast majority of that need, 90% or $591 billion, is for repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of existing infrastructure.

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21st Century Global Trade Agreements

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Earlier this year U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, “It seems like the politics of trade have become rather toxic” referring to the anti-trade mood in the U.S.  Strong protectionism views went on to become major themes in the presidential campaigns of the two major political parties.  This is a striking contradiction for the U.S. that has long championed itself as a supporter of free trade.…

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Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture on Upcoming Farm Bill

The debate that preceded the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was the most contentious in recent history. In a video article on From The Ground Up on KBTX, the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture had this to say …

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Farmer-Friendly Farm Bill

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Chuck Conner, President, National Council Farmer Cooperatives, delivers remarks at Farm Foundation Forum on the next Farm Bill.

The Farm Foundation recently hosted a forum on the goals of the next Farm Bill likely to be written in the 115th Congress. Participants heard from varying interests in the Farm Bill including representatives from the Environmental Working Group and the fiscally conservative Heritage Foundation. Also on the panel was Chuck Conner, President, National Council Farmers Cooperatives.  Conner formerly served as staff director to the U.S. Senate agriculture Committee and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in the George W. Bush administration.  Conner also served on President-elect Trump’s agriculture advisory board.

To listen to the audio from the Forum examining the goals of the next Farm Bill, CLICK HERE.

Conner made it very clear that President-elect Trump understood the impact of the rural vote on the outcome of his election.  Conner elaborated, “This is going to be a user-friendly, farmer-friendly Farm Bill.

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Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation

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Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation

On January 31 the U.S. Senate voted 93-6 to confirm the nomination Elaine Chao to become Secretary of Transportation.  Secretary Chao formerly served as Secretary of Labor (2001-2009) in the George W. Bush administration.  Without question Secretary Chao’s federal experience will help President Trump fulfill his ambitious campaign promise of infrastructure redevelopment throughout the U.S.

Chao also previously served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

We were proud to have served with Secretary Chao in the George W. Bush administration and we look forward to working with her again as she oversees plans for massive investments in future infrastructure projects throughout the U.S.…

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Farm Bill Planning Needs to Happen Now!

Farm Bill planning needs to start now

Farm Bill planning needs to start 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

We’re Not in 2013 Anymore

“The last time we did a farm bill in 2014 our production agriculture industry was having really good times. Commodity prices were good,” said Mike Conaway, U.S. Congressman, Texas’ 11th Congressional District, and Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. “Well, in 2018, I don’t think that’s going to be the case. We’ve already experienced a 42% drop in production farm income.”2

  1. Farm policy, trade outlook altered by election – By Candace Krebs Contributing Writer
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  2. KBTX From The Ground Up []
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Leadership on Congressional Committees 115th Congress

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We have reviewed the potential impacts of the 2016 elections on pertinent congressional committees that are important to our clients’ issues.  Here’s what we’ve found:

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UPDATE 12/01/2016

Today the House Republican Steering Committee met and recommended the Members below for committee chairs in the 115th Congress:

Agriculture: Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Appropriations: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Armed Services: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)…

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Incoming Freshman Members of the U.S. Senate

After the 2016 general elections Republicans maintained majority control of 131017083507-house-floor-shutdown-vote-620xathe U.S. Senate with (currently) 51 of the 100 seats. Democrats currently hold 48 seats.

To date, there remains one undecided Senate race in Louisiana.  This race will be decided in a run-off election on December 10.

Below is a list of incoming freshman members of the U.S. Senate:…

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Incoming Freshman Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Below is a list of the 53 incoming freshman members of the U.S. House of sotu-14-02Representatives for the 115th Congress.  There are 26 new Republicans and 27 new Democrats.

After the 2016 general elections, Republicans maintained majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives with (currently) 239 of the 435 seats. Democrats currently hold 193 seats.  To date, there remain three House races undecided that will impact the final numbers in the U.S. House: Louisiana congressional district 4 will be decided in a run-off election on December 10 and two California districts #7 and #49 are awaiting final numbers.…

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