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Congressional update: Perdue confirmation; new executive order; and waterways conference

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Sonny Perdue, a strong proponent of agricultural trade, is finally at the Trump administration’s table as secretary of agriculture and there’s a path for Robert Lighthizer to join him as U.S. trade representative in the coming days. Now, the biggest current question in Washington this […]

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Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The NGFA issued its heartiest congratulations to former two-term Georgia Gov. George E. (Sonny) Perdue III on his confirmation to serve as the 31st secretary of agriculture. The U.S. Senate approved his confirmation Monday night with a strongly bipartisan 87-11 vote. See how your senator voted […]

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NGFA commends Senate for confirming Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today commended the U.S. Senate on its 87-11 vote confirming former two-term Georgia Gov. George E. (Sonny) Perdue III to serve as the 31st secretary of agriculture. “Secretary Perdue’s expertise, considerable experience in production agriculture, agribusiness and state government, and his ability to […]

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Lawmakers indicate CRP will key part of next farm bill discussions

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on April 10 unveiled multiple proposals to reform the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), including a proposal to increase the CRP enrollment cap to 30 million acres – a 25 percent increase compared to the current 24-million-acre cap. CRP is likely to be a key point of debate in the upcoming farm […]

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AFBF and NGFA urge Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary this week

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) today joined in calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue as the 31st secretary of agriculture this week before beginning a two-week spring recess on April 7. The Senate Agriculture Committee, in an overwhelming bipartisan […]

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USDA allowing increases to CCC storage and handling rates

By Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Relations The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be contacting grain warehouse operators who requested changes to their Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) storage and/or handling rates under the Uniform Grain Storage and Rice Agreement that will go into effect April 1, 2017.  USDA informed NGFA that the levels […]

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Congressional update: Perdue confirmation; floor votes; and farm bill

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Sonny’s side up? After a collegial and bipartisan confirmation hearing last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee will convene on March 29 to vote on the nomination of Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture. It remains unclear as to whether the full Senate […]

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USDA must consider supply chain when crafting GMO labels, says University of Missouri economist

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still working on crafting a labeling system mandated by the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which charges the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service with developing a mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material in food products. During a panel […]

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Lawmakers outline farm bill priorities

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media During the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said he expects Congress to complete a new farm bill by late 2018. “We’re going to get this thing done,” he said during a keynote address on […]

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Trump begins process to repeal Waters of the U.S. rule

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday that begins the process of rescinding or rewriting the Obama administration’s controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act. “It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else […]

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