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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…

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…

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)…

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)…

More Proof of U.S. Safe Food Supply

California Fruits & VegetablesStock Photo

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

Corn field

Corn field

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, there was talk about separating agricultural issues from nutrition programs. However, in order to keep urban stakeholders involved it is generally accepted that it is best for everyone to keep the two intertwined.…


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.…


Minority Leader Releases Senate Democrat Committee Membership


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)…


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 []

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.…


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.…


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.