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OMAHA (DTN) — Congressmen have been quick to point out 2018 farm income is projected to be less than half of what it was five years ago, but the farm bill draft rolled out Thursday by House Agriculture Committee leadership makes few changes to the safety net for most commodity producers. Some key ...
A bipartisan coalition of 28 producers, national and state commodity groups, supply chain companies, and environmental and conservation groups have signed a letter to U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-KS, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, urging them to support ...

A letter to U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has been signed by a bipartisan coalition of 28 producers, national and state commodity groups, supply chain companies, and environmental and conservation groups urging the pair ...
The changes are likely to complicate the legislation's passage through the Senate. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Republican, has warned that the changes to SNAP sought by conservative House Republicans and the administration of President Donald Trump will make it difficult to ...
The Trump administration's evolving trade disputes with China and other countries are on “everyone's mind” at the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, Committee Chairman Senator Pat Roberts(R-Ks) told Farm Futures on Thursday. “This is not a good situation. It just isn't,” Roberts said on the sidelines of ...
Zumbach, a state senator from Ryan who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, is one of five Republicans in the running for the top agriculture job. Republicans Ray Gaesser, Chad Ingels, Craig Lang and Matt Naig — who Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed as secretary of agriculture when former secretary ...

Leahy also is a leading member and former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. On Tuesday Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue shared that the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the new enrollment period to run from April 9, 2018, to June 1, 2018, and to make the sign up period ...
... politically dangerous waters by discussing reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The welfare program has created legislative bottlenecks for past farm bills, and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders have already signaled their opposition to SNAP reforms this time around.
On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Bryant appointed the first female U.S. senator from Mississippi, state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Thad Cochran. Geoff Pender/Clarion Ledger. Phil Bryant, James Shelton. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, right, is shown with Gov.
After two terms as Nebraska's governor, Johanns led USDA from 2005-2007, then was in the U.S. Senate from 2009-2015 and was a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. As reported last week, Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee aren't going to negotiate further with House Agriculture ...
March is Women's History Month and the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is celebrating women in agriculture. And one of these women is a fourth-generation wheat farmer from Conrad, who's also the 2017-18 Montana FFA State President. “Well, it's a very inborn knowledge for me and a lot of people ...
The omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate included many victories for agriculture. Farm groups applauded the inclusion of the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM Act. It exempts air emissions from animal waste from being subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, ...
Gregg Doud is one week on the job as the chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. trade representative, and his reading list is long. Doud, who is taking the lead on getting ag trade agreements done, says the list of global trade issues and violations is so long that he hasn't even gotten through reading it.
But agricultural champions – like Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas and his House counterpart, Mike Conaway of Texas – were quick to point out that Farm Bills are written for the bad times, not the good. And bad times, just like the E-I-E-I-O refrain in Old MacDonald, inevitably ...
Noxious weeds—The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing recently on a KLA-supported bill (HB 2583) that would amend the state's noxious weed laws. HB 2583 would allow the Kansas Department of Agriculture, through rules and regulations, to designate noxious weeds.
Two senators and three representatives from Minnesota sit on the federal House and Senate agriculture committees, which draft the Farm Bill. Extension has held education sessions with various legislators on the state and federal levels about the benefits of its programs, Olson said. “We hope that we can ...
AGRICULTURE. Farm bill's fate may hinge on April. Marc Heller, E&E News reporter. Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018. If Congress can't make solid progress on the 2018 farm bill next month, the bill may have to wait a year, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts said yesterday.

Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to avoid the rancor over food assistance that has tied up farm-bill discussions in the House. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Ranking ...
She spent 12 years as a state senator representing District 39, where she served eight years as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. A supporter of President Donald Trump, Hyde-Smith held the position of co-chair of the 2016 campaign's agriculture advisory committee. “I am truly humbled and ...
We encourage you to keep the Senate Agriculture Committee informed of the implementation of these provisions, as well as enhancements to risk management tools for cotton and dairy producers. FSA should operate these programs, in a producer-friendly manner and consistent with the timelines in the ...
Thad Cochran, a former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the current chairman of Appropriations, says he will retire April 1, citing health reasons. His resignation will set up a special election for his seat. Cochran, 80, was the first Republican to win a statewide election in Mississippi in more ...
Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee Chairman Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, the bill sponsor, tells Missourinet he's optimistic it will pass. “I think it would be a new agricultural product that Missouri can raise and one that they used to raise here in Missouri, you know, ...
Hyde-Smith's first hearing will be Wednesday morning as the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee reviews of the FY2019 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will testify. Hyde-Smith will also serve on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, ...
Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the committee's work has been successful because it has been bipartisan. She said it would be unfortunate if a USDA fund became used by the Trump administration to pay farmers in a hotly contested mid-term election ...
(Bloomberg) -- Leading lawmakers on congressional agriculture committees said Tuesday they're skeptical that the White House can fix any economic harm for farmers arising from a trade dispute with China by giving them temporary aid through the Agriculture Department. "We don't need another subsidy ...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today met with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the committee, to discuss the eight farm bill proposals he introduced over the past year. Thune's proposals, which are ...
March is Women's History Month and the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is celebrating women in agriculture. One of these women is a fourth-generation wheat farmer from Conrad who's also the 2017-18 Montana FFA state president. “Well, it's a very inborn knowledge for me, and a lot of people don't ...
March is Women's History Month and the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is celebrating women in agriculture. And one of these women is a fourth-generation wheat farmer from Conrad who's also the 2017-18 Montana FFA state president. “Well, it's a very inborn knowledge for me, and a lot of people ...
Our Committee worked in a bipartisan fashion to get Mr. Northey down the road to work at USDA,” Roberts said. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on William Northey on Oct. 5. Northey was favorably reported out of the Committee with a bipartisan voice vote and has the support of more than ...
The Finance Committee has jurisdiction over reciprocal trade agreements. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts from Kansas has been one of the more vocal members of the Republican Party, especially when it comes to agriculture's interests. It's no surprise his John Hancock was at the ...
Northey has been awaiting a full Senate vote since October, when he was voted out of the Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously. That is way too long. As you probably know, Iowa corn farmers (which Grassley represents) and Texas oil refiners (which Cruz represents) don't usually see eye-to-eye on ...
Fischer is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The FARM Act would: n Maintain the exemption for certain federally registered pesticides from reporting requirements within CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, ...
A new legislative bill to fund more ethanol blender pumps across South Dakota is set to go before the state Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, Feb. 20. The bill is being proposed by Sen. Jason Frerichs, of Wilmot, South Dakota. The bill, SB 210, would transfer $1 million to the ...
The Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday held an oversight hearing on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The formal topic of the hearing was on cryptocurrency and occurred the same day the CFTC issued a customer protection advisory warning customers "to beware of and avoid ...
CHARLESTON — Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee agreed to move forward with a bill that would allow for the development and cultivation of hemp seeds. Senate Bill 475, approved by the committee Wednesday, is known as the Industrial Hemp Development Act. The bill would allow licensed ...
Sen. Deb Fischer has been named chairwoman of the livestock, marketing and agriculture security subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "Livestock production in Nebraska feeds the world and it's our state's Number One industry," Fischer said. "I am a Nebraska cattle rancher with over 40 ...
He has been the chair of the State Senate Agriculture Committee for the last six years and a farmer from Delaware County for 40 years. He says that experience in agriculture will give him a position of bridging the urban-rural divide, "As ag committee chair, I have that ability, and I'm in a position to bring ...
Senator Dan Zumbach has joined the Republican primary as a candidate to be Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Zumbach is a District 48 Iowa Senator and Assistant Majority Leader. He has been the chair of the State Senate Agriculture Committee for the last six years and a farmer from Delaware County for ...
If their schedules permit, House Agriculture Committee Chair Representative Hans Hunt and Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Larry Hicks will address the members during the noon luncheon. Wednesday afternoon activities also include legislative briefings from WyFB lobbyists. Following the ...
Bill Northey's nomination for undersecretary of farm production and conservation at USDA continues to be held hostage by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz has now has a hold on Northey's nomination for 160 days, as of Thursday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, ...
Matthew Gray, Virginia state director of The Humane Society of the United States, said earlier the changes were needed for the bill to emerge from the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. But Alice Harrington, legislative liaison for the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and ...
State Bill 6539 has already been approved by the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee, where it generated unanimous support and was forwarded along to the Senate budget committee. Progress of SB 6539 can be tracked online at http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?
Debbie Stabenow, the senior Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced that the budget package “contains significant improvements for both commodities — including more than $1 billion for our struggling dairy farmers.” Cotton and dairy producers say the insurance-like supports created ...
... even though he doesn't have anything against Northey whatsoever, that the Northey nomination can be used as a tool for me to back off and harm the ethanol industry," Grassley said. The Senate Agriculture Committee voted unanimously in October 2017 to send Northey's nomination to the full Senate.
The Senate, under scrutiny for failing to even confer or debate a GenX bill that unanimously passed the House, has now come up with its own version, including substantive changes. The proposed committee substitute will be introduced at the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee tomorrow ...
RICHMOND – On a 9-5 bipartisan vote, a Senate committee endorsed a bill specifying when an animal can be tethered outside. The bill, SB 872, is the companion to HB 646, which was killed in a House subcommittee Monday. The Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee voted ...
Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has been particularly vocal in his opposition toward administration comments on ending NAFTA. At an event sponsored by the Washington International Trade Association and reported in the Hagstrom Report, Roberts on Dec. 12 urged Trump not to ...
On Monday and Tuesday of this week the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held hearings on S.B. 263, a bill that creates a program to research the use of industrial hemp. H.B. 2182 was passed in the house in 2017 and allows for the growth of industrial hemp across the state. In H.B. ...
One such measure hit a roadblock on Thursday, however, when the bill failed to pass the state senate's Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. "The legislative process this year is a bit more of a question mark, but either way Virginia is well along the path to a robust cap-and-trade ...
The measure proposes a constitutional amendment to increase the size of the Missouri Conservation Commission from four to eight members, and requires that each of the state's eight conservation districts be represented. The bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture, Food and Outdoor Resources ...


 

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