NMPF Chairman Calls for Strict Trade Agreement Enforcement; Expresses Strong Concerns with Future of TTIP Negotiations
WASHINGTON, DC – At a congressional hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, National Milk Producers Federation Chairman Randy Mooney said that well-negotiated trade agreements have the potential to increase export opportunities for America’s dairy farmers, but he warned that the terms of free trade agreements must be tenaciously enforced.
Mooney, a dairy farmer from Rogersville, Missouri, told the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee today that U.S. dairy sales in foreign markets have risen dramatically in the 21st century, increasing 435% since 2000. In addition to helping boost milk prices, these exports have “supported more than 120,000 American jobs solely at the dairy production and manufacturing levels,” he said. He cited the World Trade Organization’s GATT agreement, NAFTA, CAFTA, and the agreement with South Korea as examples of trade deals that have benefited America’s dairy farmers. [A full copy of Mooney’s testimony can be found here]. Continue reading
NFU Urges Military Biofuels Exemption to Be Removed from Defense Spending Bill
WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – Repeated attempts to undermine the national security benefits of advanced biofuels through previous defense spending bills have been unsuccessful. As House lawmakers meet today to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) is hopeful that a provision exempting the U.S. military from biofuels use will not be passed into law. Continue reading
State Councils Join Forces with National Beef Checkoff Program to Increase Online Advertising
Seven state and regional beef promoting organizations have joined forces with the national Beef Checkoff Program in a summer campaign targeting millennial consumers in five high population states. State beef councils in Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Oklahoma, along with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, are funding extended promotion of the online checkoff-funded flagship web site BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com, along with the brand’s online videos, into California, Florida, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Continue reading
U.S. Pork Needs Exports; TPP Would Boost Them
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2016 – The U.S. pork industry must continue to grow its exports and do so through free trade agreements such as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, which would eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. products, the National Pork Producers Council reiterated today in congressional testimony. Continue reading
Balanced Trade is Best for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Testimony States
WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – The nearly 200,000 family farmer and rancher-led National Farmers Union (NFU) continued to advocate for fair and balanced trade in official testimony submitted for the record to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Today, the subcommittee held a hearing to discuss expanding U.S. agriculture trade and eliminating barriers to U.S. exports. Continue reading
Don’t let Congress use block grants
to weaken child nutrition programs
DENVER, CO – June 14, 2016 – RMFU is encouraging you to participate in a national call to action around Child Nutrition Reauthorization which is the federal bill for all school food programs, farm to school, WIC, and more.
Here is the skinny: The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed theImproving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) on May 18, and it soon may head to the House floor for a vote. Contrary to its name, this bill would significantly weaken the child nutrition programs, especially the proposal to pilot block grants for school meals.
Block grants are harmful because: Continue reading
Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year’s elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.” Continue reading
Clinic teaches 4-H’ers new show skills
Pig pic 4794 – Ashlyn Alvey and Zeke Foster drive pigs before professor Tyler Gradert and aide Chad Russell in the multi-species clinic on June 11.
ROCKY FORD –A team of show livestock “professors” aided area youth June 11 & 12 during a multi-species Stock Show University here.
Southeast Colorado youth and their parents all got an education about clipping, show day grooming, and showmanship for their 4-H and FFA projects at the annual event coordinated by WW Feed & Supply.
Co-founders and Authors Commemorate and Celebrate Nebraska Beef Industry
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE – June 1, 2016 – TheNebraska Hereford Association (NHA)becomes the latest partner sponsor of theAmerican Doorstop Project to support the efforts of co-founders and authors, Jody L. Lamp of Lamp Public Relations & Marketing and Melody Dobson, in putting a spotlight on Nebraska’s agriculture history. Continue reading
Barley yellow dwarf virus-infected Kansas winter wheat shows stunting, center, and yellow leaf tips in May 2016. The inset shows the severely stunted wheat tillers and red-tipped leaves that are typical effects of the disease. Photo is courtesy of Alma G. Laney.
Disease that threatens Kansas wheat crop subject of genetic study by postdoctoral researcher
MANHATTAN, KS — Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – With the help of a federal fellowship, a Kansas State University plant pathology postdoctoral research associate will study a serious disease that has caused substantial losses to wheat and other grain crops in Kansas and around the world.
Alma G. Laney has been awarded a two-year $150,000 postdoctoral fellowship to lead a study on the genetics of barley yellow dwarf viruses, which cause barley yellow dwarf. This disease of wheat and other grains worldwide is carried from plant to plant by sap-sucking aphids. In years with severe outbreaks, the losses to Kansas wheat growers have been significant. In 2012, the disease caused a 2.3 percent yield loss in the state that was estimated to be worth $78 million dollars. Continue reading
National FFA Foundation Creates Endowment to Honor Retiring CEO W. Dwight Armstrong
INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, June 14, 2016/National FFA Organization) – At the end of June, Dr. W. Dwight Armstrong will retire as chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, but his legacy in agricultural education and FFA will live on in a newly created endowment called “The Dwight Armstrong Legacy Endowment.” Continue reading