Ag Secretary: China About $16 Billion Short in Purchases in Phase One Agreement

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By Clint Thompson U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the importance of exports and holding countries to specified agreements during a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday. He was especially specific when discussing the country’s relationship with China. “I know that 30% at some point in time of what we grow and raise is ultimately exported …

Rubio, Warnock Introduce Bill to Bolster Local Agriculture, Expand Access to Florida-Grown Products on Military Bases

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Legislative, Top Posts

Washington, D.C. — Two U.S. senators recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would help local agriculture and expand access to locally-grown products on military bases. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced the Farm to Base Food Security Act to help the federal government better understand the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) food procurement policies and bolster relationships …

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Chlorpyrifos Controversy: Thompson, Boozman Address EPA in Letter

Clint Thompson Legislative, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Republian Leader of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, are leading a bicameral effort calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rescind its decision to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos and ensure its future actions related …

Standing in Opposition: AFBF Opposes Build Back Better Act

Clint Thompson Legislative, Top Posts

Count the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as one organization that opposes the Build Back Better Act currently is being discussed in the House of Representatives. AFBF President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday outlining some of the concerns he has with the pending legislation. “I write to urge you to oppose the …

USDA Announces Grant Funding Available for Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

Clint Thompson Top Posts, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that $10 million is available for competitive grant funding in the 2021 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). “This program is an important resource to strengthen the competitiveness of our nation’s specialty crop industry,” said Bruce Summers, administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which manages SCMP. “By working across state lines, grant …

Favorable Outcome for UF/IFAS

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative, Top Posts

The 2021 Florida legislative session will be described in the history books as unique. COVID-19 protocols resulted in empty and eerily quiet hallways in the Capitol. Masks and regular COVID-19 tests were required, and citizens and lobbyists made public comments virtually from a building blocks away from the Capitol. The beginning and end of the session were polar opposites. Based …

FFVA: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative, Top Posts

The legislative session in Florida provides opportunities for farmers to voice their concerns on what programs need funding. The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) encouraged its producers to contact senators and representatives about the need to fully fund the Fresh From Florida program at $10.05 million. “Appropriate funding for the Fresh From Florida program is incredibly important. We understand …