Statement by Agricultural Export Coalitions in Support of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate

Statement by Agricultural Export Coalitions in Support of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development welcome and strongly support passage of S. 1839, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act, introduced Tuesday by Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The introduction of the CREAATE Act

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SDUSDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD WASHINGTON, June 23, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  All or parts of these states are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions – indicated as categories D2 and D3 on the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Due to reduced availability of forage, ranchers in the hardest hit locations have already been culling their herds,” said

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape

Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape (Washington, DC, June 16, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017.  In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a realignment of several mission areas.  The reorganization also included a reconstituted mission area reporting to a newly-named

How the Fed rate hike will affect your finances

How the Fed rate hike will affect your finances   Here’s what the Federal funds rate increase means to your credit card bill, student loan tab, mortgage and other loans. June’s quarter-point increase in the federal funds rate has far-reaching consequences for consumers. Here’s a breakdown of what could happen to your student loan tab, savings account, mortgage, car loan and credit card. For those who carry a balance on their credit cards, the quarter-percentage-point increase will cost roughly $1.5 billion in extra finance charges this year…….. Source: How the

Bill would give small farms some disaster relief

Bill would give small farms some disaster relief A bill being considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee would provide grants of up to $10,000 for small farmers who have their crops destroyed by natural disasters.. A bill being considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee would provide grants of up to $10,000 for small farmers who have their crops destroyed by natural disasters. State Sen. Pamela Helming, the bill’s sponsor, argues it would ease financial hardships at a time when small farm operations are popping up more often, and as drought

Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Admin on NAFTA Modernization

Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Admin on NAFTA Modernization   ARLINGTON, VA – Two leading dairy groups said today they will work with the Trump Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to make sure it safeguards open trade with Mexico and confronts increasingly protectionist dairy policies by Canada. In joint comments sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) describe the existing North American dairy landscape as one in which U.S. dairy products

“Growing” concern about non-cow’s milk alternatives for kids

“Growing” concern about non-cow’s milk alternatives for kids Soy, almond and rice milks are increasingly popular, but are they nutritious enough for growing children? Children who drink alternatives to dairy milk, including soy, almond or rice milks, appear to be slightly shorter than their peers who drink cow’s milk, according to new research. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that for each cup of non-cow’s milk children drank per day, they were 0.4 centimeters shorter than the average for their age. Conversely, for each daily

Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto

Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto, First International Trip as Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC, June 5, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today completed a trip to Toronto, marking his first international trip as secretary.  Perdue conducted a series of meetings with Canadian officials, including Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, regarding bilateral trade issues of importance.  Among other issues, Perdue raised the topic of American ultra-filtered milk that has been a

FFA was left out of state budget. The cries of protest reached the governor

FFA was left out of state budget. The cries of protest reached the governor High school technical education programs such as Future Farmers of America have a future in California, after all. Omitted from Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal, FFA and other Career Technical Education programs were given a reprieve Friday. In an email to “Ag and Ag Education Stakeholders,” California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said those programs, on the chopping block since last week’s budget unveiling, will retain their $15.4 million allocation in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Read

Take Action – Support the DAIRY PRIDE Act!

Take Action – Support the DAIRY PRIDE Act! On January 12, 2017, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bill that should get the attention of everyone with a vested interest in the dairy industry, S. 130 DAIRY PRIDE Act. In short, this bill aims to improve and protect the integrity of food labeling standards by compelling the FDA to enforce existing labeling requirements, specifying that foods labeled as “milk” and “cheese” must come from dairy animals. An identical companion bill (H.R. 778 DAIRY PRIDE Act) was introduced on January 31 in the

Chairman Conaway Announces Subcommittee Assignments

Chairman Conaway and the new #HouseAg team held its first meeting of the 115th Congress. A photo posted by House Agriculture Committee (@houseagcommittee) on Feb 1, 2017 at 9:06am PST Today, Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) announced subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. “From promoting a strong farm safety net to rolling back burdensome regulations on our producers, our subcommittees will play an integral role as this committee goes to work this Congress. The diverse background of my talented colleagues will be instrumental in crafting the next farm