The American Farm Bureau Federation has a long and proud history of carefully evaluating the economics of policy proposals in order to understand potential pitfalls and other unintended consequences. At the same time, AFBF has, since its inception, had a well-defined process for determining the organization’s policy positions. Each year the organization’s delegate body of farmer and rancher members deliberates and responds to challenges facing agriculture. Following the Delegates work, the AFBF Board of Directors interprets and gives direction to AFBF staff to proceed with advocacy actions to communicate the message from farmers and ranchers to leaders in all branches of government.
On July 20, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2018 agriculture appropriations bill. At the request of Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), the bill included crucial improvements in the dairy and cotton farm bill safety net programs. This article reviews the proposed improvements to MPP and estimates how these changes would have altered program performance during the first two years of coverage. An article on the cotton provisions is being posted simultaneously with this piece.
In response to a Brazil-initiated 2009 World Trade Organization ruling against the United States, cotton was removed as a covered commodity in Title I of the 2014 Farm Bill. This made it ineligible for the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. Cotton remained eligible for the marketing assistance loan program, but the primary safety net was the Stacked Income Protection Plan crop insurance policy. STAX is a county-based revenue protection policy that supplements existing cotton crop insurance policies. However, STAX was plagued by adoption rates that only averaged 26 percent and substantially underperformed relative to producer expectations.
Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan By James Nason, 27 February 2018 An extraordinary case in which a giant US meat corporation and a small US shelf-company appear set to be granted a patent over methods of genomic analysis in the Australian cattle industry is set to come to a head this Friday…….. READ MORE…..https://www.beefcentral.com/news/genetic-patent-claim-an-assault-on-entire-australian-livestock-industry-osullivan/ Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan
Dairy Promotion Directors Elect Board Officers ROSEMONT, IL – Leaders of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) announce the following dairy farmers as new officers. The DMI and NDB elections were held during the February board meeting of DMI. DMI officers: Chair – Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Pa. Vice Chair – Steve Maddox, Riverdale, Calif. Secretary – David “Skip” Hardie, Lansing, N.Y. Treasurer – Larry Hancock, Muleshoe, Texas DMI, which manages the national
2/22/18 – New Holland Thursday Cattle and Calves Auction New Holland, PA Wed Feb 21, 2018 USDA – Ag Market News New Holland Sales Stables – New Holland, PA Dairy Replacement Cattle Auction Report for Wednesday, February 21, 2018 *** Next Heifer Special Wednesday, March 14th @ 10:30am *** Receipts: 372 Last Sale: 766 Last Year: 220 Compared to last week, Holstein cows sold mostly steady to weak on a large supply. Demand moderate. Holstein bulls sold steady to 100.00 lower. Bred Holstein heifers sold mostly 100.00-200.00 lower on a