Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Issues Statement of Principles Ahead of 2023 Farm Bill

Clint Thompson Legislative

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA), a national coalition of more than 200 specialty crop organizations representing producers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants and other products, released its statement of principles for consideration of the 2023 Farm Bill. The SCFBA is led by co-chairs Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association; Dave …

USDA to Mail Additional Pre-Filled Applications to Producers Impacted by ’20, ’21 Disasters

Jim Rogers USDA

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses. Approximately $6.4 billion has already been distributed to 165,000 producers through USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s …

USDA Announces Details for Census of Agriculture

Jim Rogers USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2022 – Southeast specialty crop farmers will soon have the opportunity to be represented in the nation’s only comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every state, county and territory. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will mail the 2022 Census of Agriculture to agriculture producers across the region this fall.  The 2022 Census of Agriculture will be mailed …

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Funding Awarded to South Carolina

Jim Rogers USDA

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) awarded more than $591,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to South Carolina. This USDA grant will help the South Carolina Department of Agriculture fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state and support growers through marketing, education, and research. …

Bill to Prohibit the Chinese Communist Party from Purchasing American Land

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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’

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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 …