Shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the farm bill on June 20, 2013, Rep. Justin Amash, along with hundreds of business leaders, government officials and staff, attended a $250-a-plate dinner hosted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The libertarian group, which espouses "free market" principles, made a James Bond spoof video called "Capitalism Never Dies," and the group's president, Lawson Bader, sported a kilt in tribute to retired actor Sean Connery.
The recent decision by a U.S. Appeals Court dealt another blow to the Montana beef checkoff and signaled a significant victory for the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), an organization that's made no secret about its desire to challenge other state beef checkoff programs and more broadly, other checkoff programs.
If you followed Donald Trump's presidential campaign, you know that he talked tough on trade — especially when it came to countries he believed were giving the U.S. a raw deal. He pledged to either kill or renegotiate existing trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement. He saved some of his harshest words for China. At one point during the campaign, candidate Trump declared that "we already have a trade war" with China and vowed to slap tariffs on Chinese products and label the Asian giant as a currency manipulator.
The farmers and ranchers who helped put Donald Trump into the White House still give him fairly high marks, but there appears to be some erosion in the number who would like to see him re-elected, according to a new Agri-Pulse survey. The nationwide telephonic survey of 750 farmers and ranchers covered a wide variety of topics, including perspectives on Trump's and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue's performance during their first year in office, top grower concerns and potential farm bill changes. The phone calls were conducted from Feb. 26-March 9 by Aimpoint Research.
The Republican Speaker of the House is committed to reforming welfare programs — including food assistance — to fulfill a campaign promise and reduce the federal deficit. But farm-state lawmakers are worried about holding together a fragile urban-rural coalition that has long been critical to passing a new farm bill.
The partisan battles in Congress and statehouses across the country already seem pretty loud and raucous. But you've probably only seen a preview of the campaign "noise" yet to come. That's because the mid-term congressional elections are coming up Nov. 6, putting about one-third of Senate seats in play, along with the entire House of Representatives, 36 gubernatorial races and hundreds of state and local elections.
President Donald Trump has been talking about the need to rebuild our nation's roads, bridges and ailing infrastructure since his early days on the campaign trail. But it wasn't until this week that we saw his "official" proposal to spur $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment.
The process of producing better food, protecting the environment and improving animal health is advancing at a seemingly breakneck pace. These advancements are driven in part by new scientific discoveries, genetic research, data science, enhanced computational power and the availability of new systems for precision breeding like CRISPR—an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.
When President Donald Trump signed the new tax reform package into law on Dec. 22, the first call for many farmers and ranchers was to their accountants with a multitude of questions. The answers, for many, depend on their farm structure, size, income outlook and business goals. Agri-Pulse asked producers from around the country how they viewed the new law, officially known as "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."
If you thought 2017 was a big year for news and controversies streaming out of Washington, hang on to your hat for another wild ride in 2018. In the near term, look for continued fights over how to fund the federal government, along with ongoing battles over immigration, health care and national security. The current continuing resolution runs through Jan. 19. Among the issues yet to be resolved is how to deal with those citizens who were hit hard by hurricanes and wildfires.