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Nonprofit draws investment in farm research

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established with bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill to serve as a new model in our nation’s mission to be the global leader in food and agricultural sciences. Rather than…

June 24, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Country needs USDA Rural Development

We write to express our opposition to the USDA Fiscal Year 2018 budget for Rural Development. This budget, if enacted, along with the ill-advised recommendation to eliminate the position of Under Secretary for Rural Development, will substantially diminish resources dedicated to improving ru…

June 17, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Keep but improve U.S. food aid programs

As my colleague Chairman [Robert] Aderholt [R-Ala.] noted, there should be no shame in using taxpayer dollars to buy American food from American farmers to send overseas to those who literally have nothing else to eat — especially when the proposed alternative, providing cash-based assistanc…

June 17, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Help honey bees in conservation programs

Honey bees and other pollinators are a vital part of U.S. agriculture — supporting production of most of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the U.S., with an approximate $19 billion in agricultural production annually.

June 10, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Letter to the Editor: Don’t look to Canada for farm answers

In response to the May 13 letter, (Don’t blame Canada for milk market mess) suggesting the Canadian production quota system should be implemented in American agriculture to support farmers and guarantee prices and profits.

June 10, 2017 8:00 am(0)

President Trump’s proposed budget assaults safety net

The president’s proposed budget is an assault on the programs and personnel that provide vital services, research and a safety net to America’s family farmers, rural residents and consumers. It is deeply disappointing that the president would propose such cuts, especially in the midst of a f…

June 03, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Target EQIP funds to optimize benefits

Potentially harmful effects of agriculture on the nation’s natural resources, including water and soil, continue to be a concern for Americans, and EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) conservation efforts show promise in mitigating such effects.

June 03, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Agriculture can’t balance the budget alone

This week, President Trump sent to Congress a proposal to slash the USDA budget by more than $228 billion over 10 years, including $38 billion from farm programs. This proposal would fail agriculture and rural America, and for that reason the American Farm Bureau cannot support it.

June 03, 2017 8:00 am(0)

It’s a farm bill, not a food bill

Celebrity chefs are much ado about the farm bill these days making the rounds on Capitol Hill, according to a recent story in The Washington Post. As a side note, we wish The Washington Post and other news outlets would cover farmers when they are visiting their congressional representatives.

May 27, 2017 8:00 am(0)