11-14-17 NFU: Congressional Tax Plans Jeopardize the Farm Safety Net, CBO Analysis Says

NFU: Congressional Tax Plans Jeopardize the Farm Safety Net, CBO Analysis Says

NFU President Roger Johnson

WASHINGTON – Amidst the steepest drop in farm profitability in a generation, U.S. Congressional leadership is proposing tax reform legislation that would jeopardize all funding for farm bill commodity safety net programs.

The two tax bills being considered in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives would add $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit. According to new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bills, that $1.5 trillion deficit increase would need to be offset by eliminating all funding for vital farm programs such as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), among other mandatory federal spending programs.

111417 Tax Reform CBO Analysis

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11-14-17 BQA Launches New Transportation Training and Certification Program


BQA transportation

BQA Launches New Transportation Training and Certification Program

November 14, 2017 – The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training will be made available beginning immediately, and in-person training opportunities will begin soon.

“The BQA Transportation training and certification program has been a long time coming,” said Chase DeCoite, director of Beef Quality Assurance for NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff. “By educating cattle haulers and producers on the best practices in cattle transportation, BQA is helping make improvements in cattle care and beef quality. Participating in BQA Transportation will be an indicator that the beef and dairy industries are committed to responsible animal care during transportation and makes both the BQA and dairy FARM animal care programs more complete.” Continue reading

11-14-17 WSSA Research Awards Nurture Careers in Weed Science

WSSA Research Awards Nurture Careers in Weed Science

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – November 14, 2017 – Weed science research isn’t limited solely to seasoned experts with advanced degrees. In fact, savvy and creative undergrads are getting into the act, nurtured along by research grants from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA).

One example:  Last year Matthew Strelau, a student at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, spent his summer studying potential herbicide resistance in invasive populations of Bohemian knotweed. He now is coauthoring an article for a major Canadian weed science journal to share his findings.

This year nine undergraduate students had an opportunity to follow in Strelau’s footsteps.  WSSA provided up to $2000 to each of them to fund the following research programs: Continue reading