Dairy MPP sign-up deadline November 28

A reminder for dairy producers the deadline to sign-up for the Margin Protection Program is November 28th.  There are several on-line worksheets available to help producers determine what level of coverage would be best for their operation should they decide to participate.  The National Milk Producers Federation has a worksheet available on their website as… Read more »

Wisconsin farm bill meetings

University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency are conduction informational meetings around the state to help farmers learn about the new farm bill programs.  Producers can learn about the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy farmers and the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs which replace the old ACRE… Read more »

Grassley says Congress needs to revisit COOL

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to “go back to the drawing board” on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Grassley was reacting to the WTO’s ruling that USDA’s revised COOL rule unfairly discriminates against Canada and Mexico. The National Farmers Union doesn’t want Congress to tamper with the COOL law. The group argues that… Read more »

FSA’s Dolcini on ARC/PLC

A reminder from USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini regarding the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill: In August, farmers should have received notices in the mail with information on their base acres and planting history. These letters are an important part of… Read more »

Democratic senators want RFS levels restored

Two Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its proposed cuts to the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts are the latest to weigh in on the proposal, which has been under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.  The… Read more »

Fate of tax extenders package still uncertain

The question of whether of Congress will consider a tax extenders package when it returns for the lame duck session in November is still up in the air. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says he supports the package. But Grassley admits if Republicans win control of the Senate in November, action on the tax extenders… Read more »

Margin Protection Program session at World Dairy Expo

The National Milk Producers Federation will present a session on the new Margin Protection Program at World Dairy Expo.  NMPF president and CEO Jim Mulhern along with University of Missouri dairy economist Scott Brown will address who is eligible for the program, how to sign-up and what the fees and payments look like under different… Read more »

More efforts to stop water rule

More efforts are underway to try and stop the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule. As the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture meets this week, North Dakota’s Ag Commissioner will submit an action item for approval by NASDA members calling for the withdrawal of the proposed rule, according to Politico. The action item… Read more »

Future of immigration reform remains very uncertain

The controversy surrounding the surge of immigrant children across the U.S. southern border has ended any hopes that Congress will tackle comprehensive immigration reform in 2014.  And it’s questionable whether it will even be considered in the next Congress. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says his group… Read more »

Dairy industry wary of European GIs

National Milk Producers Federation vice president and U.S. Dairy Export Council member Shawna Morris told a Senate subcommittee the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement would be a fine model for the Trans Pacific Partnership…with one exception; Geographical Indicators. Morris told the Senate Finance Committee trade subcommittee that the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement eliminated nearly all… Read more »