Federal

Agriculture beginning to plan now for 2018 Farm Bill

By Trista Crossley Battle scars from the last farm bill debate have just barely faded, but according to industry representatives, it’s already time for agriculture to start thinking about the next farm bill, due in 2018. “It didn’t seem like agriculture had a loud enough voice in negotiations on the last farm bill,” explained Michelle Hennings, executive director of the ... Read More »

Congress acts on key funding priorities for wheat production system

By Josh Tonsager Legislative Director, National Association of Wheat Growers Congressional action this year on policy priorities important to wheat farmers has taken some unexpected turns, and the outlook for the legislative process is unclear. By now, this should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following Congress the past several years. What should come as a ... Read More »

House defeats waterways funding bill

From Agri-Pulse A spending bill that included a rider to stop the Obama administration from implementing its “waters of the U.S.” rule failed in the House after conservatives bolted over an amendment that was adopted to protect LGBT rights. The defeat of the bill threw in doubt the open amendment process that the GOP leadership was using to debate appropriations ... Read More »

NAWG hires new CEO

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has selected Chandler Goule as it’s new chief executive officer, replacing Jim Palmer who stepped down to spend more time with his family on his Missouri farm. Goule will assume his responsibilities on July 5. Most recently, Goule served as senior vice president of programs at the National Farmers Union (NFU) where he ... Read More »

Senate committee advances FY 2017 ag appropriations

From NAWG Last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the Senate version of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill includes $21.25 billion in discretionary spending, including $2.54 billion for ag research through the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food Agriculture (AFRI). Additionally, similar to the House version, the Senate bill increases funding for ... Read More »

An alternative take on ITC’s mixed score for wheat under TPP

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers On May 18, the International Trade Commission (ITC) released its highly anticipated report on the economic impacts expected to accrue from the adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the entire agriculture and food sector, the report forecasts a $7.2 billion increase in exports or a growth of about ... Read More »

ITC report shows farmers reaping big gains from TPP

From Agri-Pulse The Trans-Pacific Partnership would reduce the U.S. trade deficit and increate jobs throughout the country, but some of the biggest gains would be for the agriculture sector, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report released Wednesday evening. The report concludes that if the TPP were implemented agricultural exports would rise by about $7.2 billion per year by 2032. Imports ... Read More »

EPA water quantity report worries farm groups

From the Capital Press Agriculture groups are nervous that a “technical report” released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be used to justify new federal controls over water usage. The EPA claims its report — “Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration” — is meant to provide state regulators with “technical support” about the impact of water ... Read More »

Agriculture slips off political radar

From the Capital Press In a crowded gymnasium at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders espoused his many positions for more than an hour on a long list of issues. “We’re doing something pretty radical in American politics. We’re telling the truth!” the Vermont senator shouted over the cheers of raucous supporters during the ... Read More »

USDA announces CRP results

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Washington state enrolled a total of 120,530 acres, second only to Iowa, which enrolled 128,212 acres. “The Conservation Reserve Program provides nearly $2 billion annually to land owners—dollars that make their way into local economies, supporting small businesses ... Read More »