Bill to Prohibit the Chinese Communist Party from Purchasing American Land

Jim Rogers Legislative

Washington, D.C. — Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) introduced the Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act earlier this month to prohibit members of the Chinese Communist Party from purchasing any land in the United States. Text of the bill may be found here. “Chinese investments in American farmland put our food security at risk and provide opportunities for …

Farm Workforce Modernization Act a ‘Long Shot’

Jim Rogers Legislative

By Clint Thompson The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is in its final stage of being edited and potentially passed in the Senate. Whether it is approved by the end of this year remains a “long shot,” says Bob Redding, who works for the Redding Firm and serves as a lobbyist for agricultural groups in Washington, D.C. He spoke about the …

Freedom to Farm Bill Passes in Georgia

Jim Rogers Farm Bill, Georgia

By Clint Thompson The Freedom to Farm bill in Georgia was a legislative win for the state’s specialty crop producers. Just ask Will Bentley, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. “Freedom to Farm was the biggest bill, probably, we’ve had pass in a long time,” said Bentley, whose organization was an avid supporter of the bill. ONE LESS WORRYThere is …

Republican Leader Thompson, Chairman Scott Seek Farm Bill Feedback

Clint Thompson Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feedback from producers, stakeholders and consumers on various programs is essential to future Farm Bills. House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn “GT” Thompson and Chairman David Scott are offering the opportunity for members of the public to submit their feedback and ideas for the 2023 Farm Bill through an online form available here. “It is critical we …

Florida Lawmakers Focus on Nutrient Management

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative

By Frank Giles The Florida Legislature passed the largest budget on record during its 2022 session. The final tally came in at $110 billion. Lawmakers showed strong support for agriculture, passing several important bills. The Legislature allocated millions of dollars for the industry as well. SB 1000The most significant action was passage of SB 1000 Nutrient Application Rates. The legislation …

Farm Legislation a Win for Alabama Agriculture

Jim Rogers Alabama, Legislative

By Sabrina Halvorson Alabama’s 2022 state legislative season was a success for agriculture with the passage of key farm legislation bills. “I would say overall we were very happy with how it went. We had some priorities that we called the Farm Package here at the Alabama Farmers Federation, and all of that was successful,” said Blake Thaxton, a director …

$4 Billion in Emergency Relief Program Payments

Jim Rogers Industry News Release, USDA

Deadline to Submit Applications is Friday, July 22 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that to date, agricultural producers have already received more than $4 billion through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), representing approximately 67% of the more than $6 billion projected to be paid through this first phase of the program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed out pre-filled …

USDA Announces Assistance for On-Farm Food Safety Expenses for Specialty Crop Growers

Jim Rogers Food Safety, USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will …