NFO members determine policy positions

The National Farmers Organization wrapped-up their annual meeting in Nashville on Friday. Members re-affirmed their support for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and the U.S. Trade Representative’s appeal of the latest WTO ruling.  Members also favor the elimination of the trade embargo on Cuba. While the organization strongly supports free trade, they oppose Fast Track… Read more »

Study says COOL has not hurt Canadian cattle prices

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A new study from Dr. Robert Taylor, Auburn University Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor says Canadian and Mexican cattle producers have not been hurt by the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. Taylor says he collected data from the weekly mandatory price reporting from the last 10 years; USDA Foreign Ag Service trade data… Read more »

U.S. ag “needs” TPA

A U.S. member of a trade advisory committee for the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) says Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would greatly help those trade talks with the European Union – and – other trade deals. Gina Tumbarello, Director of International Trade Policy with the American Feed Industry Association, tells Brownfield it would… Read more »

Democrats named to House Ag Committee

Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee has appointed the 19 Democrats to serve on the Ag Committee in the 114th Congress. Democratic Members: Collin Peterson (MN-7) David Scott (GA-13) Jim Costa (CA-16) Tim Walz (MN-1) Marcia Fudge (OH-11) Jim McGovern (MA-2) Suzan DelBene (WA-1) Filemon Vela (TX-34) Michelle Lujan Grisham… Read more »

NCBA’s priorities: Taxes, Trade, Transportation

Taxes, trade and transportation—those are three of the top congressional priorities of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in 2015. NCBA’s Colin Woodall says cattlemen need more certainty in the tax code and will push hard for general tax reform. “The reason why is to try to prevent what we saw at the end of 2014 where… Read more »

NFU joins lawmakers against fast-track

The president of the National Farmers Union joined several Democrats in a news conference this morning who oppose Fast Track Trade Authority for the president. Tonight, President Obama is expected to call for that authority in his state of the union address. NFU President Roger Johnson says agriculture has enjoyed many years of a trade… Read more »

Jobe: Unnecessary biodiesel challenges

The U.S. biodiesel industry is going through some big market and federal policy challenges.  National Biodiesel Board CEO, Joe Jobe, says the EPA has left the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in limbo and Congress waited far too long to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit.  Both, he tells Brownfield, have cost jobs, “It was mostly… Read more »

2012 livestock loss deadline approaching

January 30, 2015, is the deadline to apply for assistance if you suffered qualifying disaster related livestock or grazing losses between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014. Producers in counties declared federal disaster areas in that time period are eligible, your local Farm Service Agency office has a list of the eligible counties and… Read more »

NCBA lobbies for ‘fast track’ on trade agreements

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is calling on Congress to grant “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority to the Obama Administration. “It’s very important that Congress take that up immediately and give our negotiators the legitimacy that they need to go and work those deals with those other countries—with the assurance that when they come… Read more »

About half of U.S. dairy farmers enrolled in MPP

USDA says about half of the nation’s dairy producers have signed-up for the Margin Protection Program. More than 23,000 producers registered by the December 19th deadline and indications are a number of them took advantage of the two-week signup extension as milk prices were declining. The total amount of milk production enrolled in the program,… Read more »