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Sugar growers, users argue sugar program

February 16, 2018 — ORLANDO — Sugar grower and user lobbyists engaged in a Valentine's Day sparring match Feb. 14 over the direction of the sugar program in the next farm bill during one of the last sessions at the annual International Sweetener Colloquium. Meanwhile, the Sweetener Users Association,

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Bailey to retire from GMA; organization has lost many prominent members

February 16, 2018 — Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pamela Bailey will retire later this year after nearly 10 years leading the organization. Bailey will remain with GMA and manage the organization as the board of directors searches for her successor, with Leslie Hortum of Spencer Stuart retained

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Trump intends to nominate USDA assistant secretary for civil rights

February 15, 2018 — President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Naomi Earp to be agriculture assistant secretary for civil rights Feb. 13. According to a White House-released biography, Earp is a retired career civil servant with more than 20 years of experience in federal equal opportunity policy,

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Michael Torrey Associates hires Patterson, Dake

February 14, 2018 — Michael Torrey Associates has hired Barbara Patterson as director of government affairs and Marissa Dake as an administrative assistant. As director of government affairs, Patterson will represent clients on agriculture and food policy issues. She has been the government relations director for the National Farmers

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Trump food box proposal could delay farm bill

February 14, 2018 — President Donald Trump's food box proposal for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants won't be taken seriously on Capitol Hill, but it may delay the farm bill, Jerry Hagstrom wrote in his National Journal column. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called

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Official: NAFTA withdrawal would mean 15 cent Mexican sugar tariff

February 14, 2018 — ORLANDO — If President Donald Trump withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. tariff on sugar imports from Mexico would revert to the 15 cents per pound level in place before NAFTA went into effect, Jason Hafemeister, trade adviser to Agriculture Secretary

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Cochran releases spending bill, Stabenow issues endorsement

February 14, 2018 — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has released the summaries and text of the continuing resolution to fund the government and the disaster bill that includes provisions to aid the cotton and dairy industries. Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said in

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Study: Include health insurance in risk management, rural development programs

February 14, 2018 — Farmers are so worried about crop insurance that the next farm bill should include health insurance in the programs offered by the Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency and the Rural Development mission area, according to a study published Monday in Choices, the journal of the

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Peterson: Republicans trying to ‘browbeat’ co-ops

February 13, 2018 — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has told the Red River Farm Network that the Republicans who wrote the tax law without the involvement of Democrats are now trying to "browbeat" co-ops into changing the Section 199a provision that gives farmers an incentive

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APHIS names new associate, deputy administrators

February 12, 2018 — Kevin Shea, the administrator of the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, named Michael Watson as an associate administrator of the agency and made several other personnel changes. Shea said Watson would carry out the agency's day-to-day operations, work with stakeholders and employees

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Citrus, cotton, dairy praise budget, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition notes sequestration extension

February 12, 2018 — Key citrus, cotton and dairy groups praised the budget bill Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed Feb. 9 while the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition pointed out the bill also includes a two-year extension of sequestration that will mean less money for the next farm

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Analyst: Rural states to decide Senate majority, suburbs the House

February 12, 2018 — PHOENIX — The suburbs of big cities will decide which party controls the House of Representatives next year while the rural states will decide which party controls the Senate, David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report said here this week as the Cook organization shifted

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Grassley attempt to move Northey nomination fails

February 9, 2018 — Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, attempted to get unanimous consent on the Senate floor Feb. 7 to move forward with the nomination of Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey as Agriculture undersecretary for farm production and conservation, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, did not agree to lift

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Beard Foundation appoints Reichenbach as new CEO

February 8, 2018 — The board of the James Beard Foundation has appointed Claire Reichenbach as its new chief executive officer. Reichenbach will begin her duties Feb. 20. She succeeds Susan Ungaro, who stepped down as JBF president at the end of 2017. Her responsibilities will include overseeing: »

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Lobbyists: Cotton, dairy fixes likely in disaster bill

February 8, 2018 — Key lobbyists for the cotton and dairy industry have told The Hagstrom Report they believe there will be fixes to the problems in the cotton and dairy programs in the package of appropriations and disaster funding Senate leaders are working on. "I do think there

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Economists: No quick recovery for commodity prices, farm income

February 7, 2018 — PHOENIX — Two prominent agricultural economists told the Crop Insurance Industry Convention on Feb. 6 that they do not predict a quick recovery of commodity prices or farm incomes. Nathan Kaufmann of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said from 2007 — before the

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Perdue talks China sorghum, NAFTA at House Ag hearing

February 7, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the House Agriculture Committee on Feb. 6 that he is hopeful that a North American Free Trade Agreement deal will be reached before the end of the year but the decline in U.S. sorghum prices after China announced it is

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Crop insurance reaches 311 million acres

February 7, 2018 — PHOENIX — The number of acres enrolled in crop insurance reached 311 million, an area roughly the size of California, Texas and New York, a key crop insurance industry official said this week during the Crop Insurance Industry Convention. "Today, crop insurance protects around 90

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Dairy association calls on FDA to make regulatory changes

February 6, 2018 — The International Dairy Foods Association on Monday urged the Food and Drug Administration to extend the Nutrition Facts Label compliance date, "modernize" standards of identity, and modify some Food Safety Modernization Act regulations. IDFA made the proposals in comments filed in response to the FDA's

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Risk Management Agency officials release reorganization plan

February 6, 2018 — PHOENIX — Heather Manzano, the acting administrator of the Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency, officially informed the crop insurance industry that the Trump administration is establishing a new administrative division in the Farm Production and Conservation mission area. The FPAC Business Center, which will have

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