USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $150.2 million in available funding to support projects that build a foundation of knowledge in agricultural sciences to address a range of societal and global challenges such as food security, food safety, …

USDA Cites Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. in Florida for Failure to Pay for Produce and the Company Satisfies Terms of Consent Decision and Order

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables

WASHINGTON – In a complaint filed on Jan. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. (Felda Vegetable), of Felda, Fla. failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $232,347 to 6 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). Subsequent to the complaint …

Alabama Farmers Federation Welcomes Kay Ivey

Josh McGill Industry News Release, Legislative

by Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers Federation The Alabama Farmers Federation today welcomed Kay Ivey as Alabama’s 54th governor, noting her rural background and appreciation of farmers is good news for Alabama agriculture. Federation President Jimmy Parnell expressed confidence in Ivey’s leadership. “Gov. Ivey has always been a friend to farmers,” Parnell said. “She understands the importance of agriculture and forestry …

Pence, Ross, to Talk Trade with Japan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will travel to Japan to discuss trade later this month. The duo is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on April 18th. The U.S. officials will meet with Japan’s finance, foreign and industry Ministers. Japan is the top export market for the U.S. pork industry, and the National Pork Producers Council has …


House Still Not Buying Negron Water Plan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Revamped plans for a deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, a priority of the Senate president, have improved the proposal in the eyes of House Speaker Richard Corcoran. But the House still isn’t ready to sign on to Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal, which is designed to reduce polluted water discharges from the …

Senate Bill 10 Amendment Proposal Brings Improvements, but Concern Remains

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Senate President Joe Negron and other senate leaders proposed some changes to Senate Bill 10 on April 4. After receiving some pushback on the bill, Negron has proposed amendments to make the bill more sufficient for those who would be negatively affected by the original proposal. Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Negron in August 2016 as a way to …

Seed Industry to “Storm the Hill”

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative, Seeds

Seed industry advocates will “Storm the Hill” as part of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Legislative Fly-in, Wednesday, April 5, in Washington, D.C.  “Storm the Hill” is a unique opportunity for ASTA members representing every crop and every part of the nation to join together with a unified voice on Capitol Hill.

Georgia General Assembly Finishes Budget

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Heading into the final week of the 2017 Georgia legislative session, the General Assembly has wrapped up work on the budget for the next fiscal year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar says the council is pleased with the strong support for agriculture. “The general assembly finished in record time this week,” Tolar says. “We were very impressed again with the …