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 »

Subcommittee hears pros, cons of SNAP

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition held a hearing addressing the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among those delivering testimony, Robert Doar, a Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute testified that SNAP doesn’t do enough to lift people from poverty. “I have been a… Read more »

W.H. official hints at higher RFS volumes

Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he is confident that the final biofuels blending mandates in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) will be higher than what the EPA initially proposed. Franken and other Senate Democrats met this week with White House adviser John Podesta.  Franken says Podesta indicated that the volume numbers will be larger than… Read more »

NFU asks for water map from EPA

National Farmers Union leaders have asked the EPA for a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional under the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule in the Clean Water Act. NFU President Roger Johnson and members of NFU’s board of directors held a conference call last week with EPA Administrator… Read more »

Vet mobility act passes

Congress has passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act and President Obama is expected to sign the legislation. The new law – sponsored by Congressmen Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Ted Yoho of Florida, both veterinarians, allows vets to transport and use controlled substances away from their businesses.  It also lets vets register in multiple states… Read more »

McCarthy on “silly” vs “serious” concerns

The Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt suggest EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is trivializing farmers concerns about the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. proposed rule in the Clean Water Act.  On the Senate floor Wednesday, Blunt said there were no silly questions about the EPA’s overreach.  Blunt said, “Administrator McCarthy calls some of… Read more »

The importance of immigrant workers in dairy

A coalition of business, manufacturing and agriculture groups launched a nationwide push for immigration reform on Wednesday. Laurie Fischer with the Dairy Business Association in Wisconsin says they are calling on Congress and the Administration to work together to get something done. Fischer says she gets more calls regarding immigration than anything else from the… Read more »

A push for immigration reform

A coalition of business, manufacturing and agriculture groups launched a nationwide push for immigration reform on Wednesday. Laurie Fischer with the Dairy Business Association in Wisconsin says they are calling on Congress and the Administration to work together to get something done. Fischer says she gets more calls regarding immigration than anything else from the… Read more »

House will not vote on Senate immigration bill

House Speaker John Boehner has told President Obama the House will not vote in the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate last year. At a White House press conference, the President said “There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today and I would sign it today.” Mr…. Read more »