Farm Bill Helps Pave Way for Hemp Production

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Hemp, Legislative, Top Posts

The farm bill has passed through the House and the Senate and received President Trump’s signature on Dec. 20. While some agricultural industries were let down, other industries may have an opportunity to thrive. According to Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the University of Florida’s Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the farm bill includes language that will take industrial hemp off …

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The 2018 Farm Bill Is Officially Here

Dan Cooper Farm Bill, Legislative

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, known as the 2018 farm bill, has now been made official after being signed by President Donald Trump today.  It was a long and strenuous process drafting a version that both congressional houses could agree to.  The farm bill will ultimately cost $867 billion over the next 10 years through a series of programs intended …

Georgia Blueberry Growers Not Covered in Farm Bill Report

Abbey Taylor Berries, Farm Bill, Top Posts

Text for the farm bill conference report has been released. The farm bill has been long awaited by members of the agricultural industry. Seeing it move forward offers a glimmer of hope for a speedy approval. However, Buddy Carter, the U.S. representative for Georgia’s first district, says the farm bill language is missing a piece that is crucial for Georgia …

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Agreement Reached in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Cooper Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following announcement on the state of the 2018 farm bill negotiations: “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 farm bill. We are working to finalize legal and …

Congressman Ted Yoho Discusses the Farm Bill

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Legislative, Top Posts

Before returning to Washington, D.C., U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho stopped by AgNet Media’s Gainesville office to discuss the farm bill. The House and the Senate both passed their versions of the farm bill. Now, an appointed committee will hammer out the details of the separate bills to combine it into one. There is a massive amount of crucial policies for …

House Farm Bill Vote Surprises and Disappoints

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Top Posts

By Brian German Republican lawmakers were shocked that the farm bill vote in the House of Representatives did not get the anticipated support from legislators.  Disagreements between GOP leadership and more conservative elements of the party resulted in a final vote of 198 in favor and 213 opposed, with nearly 30 Republicans voting against the bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman …

Florida Farmers Advocate for Ag

Abbey Taylor Farm Bill, Labor, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

This past week, Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) held its annual Field to the Hill fly-in event, where Florida farmers had the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C., and speak to their legislators about issues they are facing in the Florida agricultural industry. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor was able to tag along with the Farm Bureau members and witness firsthand …

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Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Members Visit Capitol Hill

Dan Cooper Farm Bill, Industry News Release

Urge Congress to Fund Key Farm Bill Programs Members of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA), a national coalition of more than 120 specialty crop organizations, will take their message to Congress on May 9, advocating for investment in specialty crops in the 2018 Farm Bill. During visits on Capitol Hill, the SCFBA members will outline their priorities, making …